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Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic

I am the director of the counseling & mental
health professions clinic at Hofstra University. We’re located in the Joan and Arnold
Saltzman Community Services Center on campus and we actually are a
full service community mental health clinic. The Saltzman Center is unique in that it houses several different clinics within one
Community Services Center and we’re also staffed by graduate students in various programs on campus and in
different process in their course of study. So, the counseling and mental
health professions clinic has graduate students in the programs
of marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling,
rehabilitation counseling, and we also have students who are doing
their practicum in creative arts therapy. We are in the building with other professionals
who are not in mental health. So we have a speech
language audiology clinic, we have a reading
writing literacy clinic, and we have student counseling on campus that is
located in Saltzman. And we have a child care center which is on the other
side of the building. We also have the psychology clinic located in Saltzman, which trains doctoral students in areas of counseling, psychology, and they have specialty clinics within that
clinic. We are in an environment where students are being trained by licensed professionals in each discipline. For our counseling and
mental health professions clinic, we have students that specialize in different disciplines and can often work
with each other when they’re working with a client or a client family because sometimes, clients need multiple
services. So, marriage and family therapy
students who are seeing clients at the Saltzman Center
will typically do couple work, family work, and sometimes there will be someone in
the family that maybe needs a little more specialized care–
whether it’s mental health issues or a kid that has some some learning
delays. And we can refer to our own mental
health counselors to work with that one
individual or to rehabilitation counselor if there is a child with learning delays
to help them get up, set up with services and additional, you
know, structures for the family to have support and to kind of move forward in
their in their lives. We provide a variety of
services in the counseling and mental health professions clinic. We can provide individual therapy; we have
mental health counseling graduate students that are working with
licensed mental health counseling faculty, and they are working individually with clients at the center
with a variety of presenting problems. So people
sometimes come in experiencing things, you know, the blues, some depression, or
anxiety, or some social phobias, or even just really reacting to the
climate change, you know economic stresses,
stresses in relationships, and they’ll want to come in for individual work. And our
mental health counseling students are very well trained in working
one-on-one with people to provide those services. Our marriage and family therapy students
will do the more relational types of
therapy like couples counseling, we do premarital and
marital counseling, and couple counseling for heterosexual and homosexual couples. We work also with families because there are
often times when children will present with any number of learning issues or
emotional issues, and our philosophy is that it’s much
more helpful to incorporate the whole family when you’re working
with a child because that child needs support and the family needs to learn different strategies of coping with
their child’s behaviors or one another’s feelings. Often because we
do see so many families, if there are children with special needs,
we can incorporate services from our
rehabilitation counselors who are very well trained in helping
families access additional supports that they wouldn’t
even know about. And we also offer groups for clients to attend and we have a
variety of groups running at any one time. We are very hooked into other agencies in the
community and other resources for services. So, while we are training students and that’s part of our mission, the other part of
our mission is to help connect people in their community
to other places where they might access help and
support. We also are very interested in being a part of the community because we know that community health is
a growing concern and the more we’re talking and connected
to other agencies and services in the community, the
more we are able to really support our
clients and their growth and development in their lives.

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