From the Classroom to the Community: Consultation Services to a Local Health Center
In the fall of 2017, a group of students (Alexis DiGasso, Denice Cronin, and Alberto Hernandez) completed a community service project as part of a Systems Theory and Practice course. They chose a local community mental health center and provided consultation around the center's low attendance rate for psychotherapy appointments. They met with staff members to assess the scope of the problem and to gather a variety of perspectives regarding potential solutions to the issue. Following the staff interviews, the team proposed a set of acceptable, feasible, and culturally-informed recommendations as well as a plan for a future evaluation and follow-up.
This community service activity was featured in the CMGMH March 2018 Newsletter as part of our "WJC in Action" series. "WJC in Action" celebrates students, staff, faculty, and affiliates of William James College (WJC) who are actively engaged in social justice, volunteering, and community service activities that address the social, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of marginalized groups. Throughout the year, we will spotlight individuals and agencies that are devoted to serving underserved communities. If you have a story to share, please email CMGMH@williamjames.edu.