LAWTON, OK (TNN) - Cameron Psychology Clinic is not only teaching students, but also helping community members in need.
This is a full fledged clinic where the students get to work directly with community members with mental health issues, while also helping them work towards their degree. It’s an oppurtunity that’s helped even more students choose this program.
The CU be a therapist event held Thursday was the second installment in less than two weeks. Kaley Patterson, who organized the event believes the new focus on mental health has really helped their programs grow.
“Within the past year we’ve seen people really advocating for mental health, people opening up about their mental health issues," said Kaley Patterson.
Because of this rise in mental health awareness, the program tonight helped answer two questions.
“How can I become a therapist, and how can I help people,?” said Patterson.
The Cameron Psychology Clinic offers one way to help by providing free clinic visits for anyone needing help. Those sessions provide both the students with a chance to interact with a real client, and for people who need help to finally have someone to talk with.
“Our students are able to really learn here at the clinic from their actual sessions with community clients. At the same time they are being live supervised by the licensed mental health professionals," said Dr. Joanni Sailor, the Cameron Psychology Clinic director.