TAMUC community psychology clinic finds new ways to serve

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Commerce, Texas – Under the leadership of Director Tina Borke, the Texas A&M University-Commerce Community Psychology Clinic is finding innovative ways to deliver mental health services to the university and the commerce community.

The clinic, made up of student clinicians under the supervision of licensed psychologists, provides services such as school accommodation, testing, group therapy, and psychotherapy services for a range of emotional and behavioral issues faced by children, children and adults. adults, couples and families.

As a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Special Education, Borke supervises students in the department who earn a master’s degree in psychology. These students provide psychological assessment and psychotherapy services to university students, staff and faculty. The clinic also serves residents of Commerce and Northeast Texas.

Borke said the clinic strives to be a beacon in the lives of the people it serves.

We have dedicated and caring student clinicians who are passionate about serving our A&M-Commerce family, the commerce community, and the underserved populations of the region by providing quality services that help improve the lives of our people. clients, ?? said Borke.

Together with Alison Walker, Family Services Coordinator and Director of Head Start for Commerce Independent School District, the clinic now offers classes for grandparents with parenting responsibilities.

?? Commerce ISD has many families where the grandparents are the primary guardians of the children, which presents a number of unique challenges, ?? Walker said. This group aims to provide these grandparents with information and support to face these challenges and provides an opportunity for participants to connect with others in similar circumstances to share stories, struggles and successes. . ??

Graduate students who work with Borke are also exploring innovative ways to serve specific demographic groups on campus.

Clinical students Zeemal Zubair and Ali Noel have created a support group for international students after identifying that these students often feel misunderstood and underserved. Borke reported that the group has been inundated with membership applications.

?? Being an international student can seem overwhelming, ?? Zubair said. “Finding people and a platform to open up, share and connect with others is a big victory. We hope that this group will provide a friendly atmosphere and a safe space for members of the international community to express themselves and find a home away from home.

In addition, student clinicians have formed drug addiction support groups and provide free assessments to A&M-Commerce students who are referred by the university’s Office of Disabled Student Services.

The Community Psychology Clinic is located on the A & M-Commerce campus at Binnion Hall, room 101. To learn more, visit www.tamuc.edu/PsychologyClinic, call 903.886.5660 or send an email [email protected].

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