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Counseling clinic provides training for students, help for under-served

Posted Jan 21 2011 12:00am
A new in-service training opportunity will enable graduate students to receive hands-on instruction from licensed, professional instructors and provide counseling services to people in the community who otherwise could not afford them.

The UAB Community Counseling Clinic is a practicum and internship site in the School of Education building and a service of the Counselor Education Program (CEP); it began receiving clients earlier this month.

“Until now, all of our students have been placed in different community agencies for their practica,” says Solange Ribeiro, Ph.D., clinic director and licensed therapist. “With that, some agencies by nature have a niche population they serve. We want our students to have an opportunity for a more rounded experience in which they are exposed to a variety of different clients.”

The clinic will serve pediatric, adult and geriatric clients from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday in its location in School of Education Room 157. The cost for an individual session is $5. Call 996-2414 for referrals and appointments.

A variety of counseling modalities will be available, including cognitive and emotional behavior therapy, parenting and group therapy and counseling for anxiety, depression and relationship issues among others.

Providing affordable and diversity-competent counseling services will fill a void in mental health services in the region and contribute to UAB’s status as a leader in health services to the community, Ribeiro says.

“By offering quality in-house training to these beginning professional students, the CEP will have the opportunity to develop innovative approaches to counselor education and to clinical practice bringing UAB to the forefront as a leader in counselor education,” Ribeiro says. “This will provide a forum for collaboration between the CEP, the School of Education and other campus units and enable the clinic to contribute to the UAB mission as a leader in research.”
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