C.A.R.E. Clinic Opens to Community

Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 12, 2005) — This week John Brown University’s graduate counseling department opened a new counseling clinic for the community.

The C.A.R.E. (Competence, Attitudes and Character, Relationships, and Essential Knowledge) clinic is located at 2124 W. University in the old People Care clinic. Counseling will be available to individuals or families at reduced rates.

“The C.A.R.E. Clinic has been designed to give graduate counseling students at JBU an easily accessible opportunity for further training and supervision, while making affordable counseling available to anyone in the community,” Stefanie Lay, C.A.R.E. clinic assistant said.

The staff consists of approximately 12 to 15 intern counselors who are available on a regular basis; two JBU faculty members who use the clinic for their private practices; and local counselors from the community who will use the center on a limited, part-time basis. The staff hopes to add a Spanish-speaking counselor to increase its ability to help serve the community in the near future.

Counseling interns must complete three to four semesters of prerequisite classes before they are eligible to assist clients. They are also under the direct supervision of a JBU graduate faculty member. All faculty and local counselors who use the clinic are licensed by the state of Arkansas.

Session fees are based on a sliding scale according to family size and annual income. Normal operating hours are Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Evening appointments are also available from 4:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

The C.A.R.E. clinic can be reached by phone at 479-524-7300 or emailed at CAREClinic@jbu.edu.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.