Graduate Counseling students receive professional training through service to community
Southern Nazarene University’s Life Counseling Center (LCC), originally located at 2351 N. Thompkins in Bethany, has received a new home across the street from the Beaver Science Building at 4200 N. Peniel.
The new location was recently acquired through the estate of Prebble Beaver, a long time supporter of the University, and mother of Professor Joy Beaver. The new location provides space for seven counseling offices, two of which are designed for child and adolescent counseling, one for group counseling and one for family counseling.
The mission of the Graduate Programs in Counseling at SNU is to train Christians for service in the ministry of counseling. To assist this training effort, SNU launched Life Counseling Center (LCC) in January 2003. Staffed by licensed counselors and SNU graduate student interns, the Center has averaged about 280 client contacts a month in its first year and a half of operation.
While graduate students benefit from the close supervision of their clinical work at the LCC, clients are able to make use of the sliding fee scale. To date, no client has been turned away because of their inability to pay for counseling services.
The LCC provides a wide array of clinical services to the community, including individual counseling, marital counseling, group counseling and psychological and educational assessment. Clinical Directors Noel and Anne Jacobs, both of whom have Ph.D.’s in Clinical Child Psychology, coordinate a dynamic children and adolescent therapy program which includes assessment and school consultation, play therapy, family therapy, and specialized parent training. Stacey Dean, LPC, a graduate of SNU’s Graduate Programs in Counseling, has excelled in working with child abuse, anger management and adult psychotherapy. Margaret Murray, LPC, LMFT, provides counseling services to adults, couples and survivors of child sexual abuse. Dr. Philip Budd, Director of the Graduate Programs in Counseling and Executive Director of the LCC, has extensive experience in assessment, couples therapy and trauma. All of the counselors are trained in counseling and give consideration to faith perspectives in the counseling process.
“The community has embraced the LCC, as evidenced by the referrals from churches, schools, counseling professionals and other counseling centers in the Oklahoma City area unable to provide low fee counseling services,” stated Budd.
Dr. Budd attributes the success of the Center to the combined professional experience of the supervisors and graduate student interns.
*NOTE: The Life Counseling Center operates as a separate counseling facility of Southern Nazarene University. SNU continues to provide counseling services for its students through the SNU Student Counseling Center located in Student Development on the lower level of Webster Commons.
For more information about the LCC or for opportunities to support the new Center, contact Dr. Phil Budd at 405.491.6656. To make referrals to the LCC, call 405.717.6200.
Posted on Mon, September 13, 2004
by Becky Walker, Assoc. Director of Communications & Marketing