New Cameron Psychology Clinic offers free mental health counseling to under-served population while providing graduate students with experiential learning opportunity

Cameron University graduate students pursing a Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences degree in either the Counseling Track or the Marriage and Family Track now have a new facility to add to their classroom rotation: the Cameron Psychology Clinic (CPC). An off-campus “classroom” in which Cameron’s graduate students undergo experiential learning, the CPC is a free clinic that serves community members who lack the resources to address their mental health needs in a safe and supervised environment. The CPC is located at 2202 Ferris Avenue; hours are Monday through Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m. To request more information or to schedule an appointment, call 580-699-3637 or go to www.cameron.edu/cpc.

“As one of only two such training clinics for master’s degrees in the state of Oklahoma – and the only one that is off-campus and in the community - Cameron’s CPC is intended to serve the Lawton/Fort Sill community in addition to providing our graduate students with hands-on training in a supervised setting,” says Lisa Huffman, Dean, School of Graduate and Professional Studies. “We are excited to be a part of the community and support the community by increasing the number of well-trained mental health providers in Southwest Oklahoma.”

Student-therapists working under the supervision of licensed therapists and counselors provide free direct mental health services to under-served members of the community. Dr. Joanni Sailor, Associate Professor of Psychology, serves as director of the clinic.  Dr. Thom Balmer, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Kevin Garrett, Assistant Professor of Psychology, also supervise the student-therapists at the CPC.  All three are Licensed Marital and Family Therapists (LMFT) as well as LMFT Approved Supervisors.  In addition, Balmer is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and LPC Approved Supervisor.

The new clinic provides help for individuals, couples and families. The population served by this clinic are those without access to insurance due to high co-pays or deductibles, those who have maxed out their insurance benefits, and those whose insurances do not cover marital or family therapy.

The CPC does not provide services for those with serious or long-term psychiatric disabilities, domestic violence/abuse and battering, suicidal concerns, drug and alcohol abuse or addiction treatment, psychiatric or medication evaluations, custody evaluations or testimony for court, psychological assessments or psychological testing.

 

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PR 16-159
October 25, 2016