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The Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at New Mexico State University (NMSU) recently received a nearly $1-million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to provide training for students studying clinical mental health counseling and school psychology.

The grant will fund Project ACT (Access, Collaboration, Training), which will meet the needs of vulnerable and underserved children, teens and young adults in southern New Mexico by increasing the number of trainees in behavioral health services provided in underserved and rural communities. The grant will be awarded over two years at $470,000 per year.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Relation Educational Programs, the EdS School Psychology program through the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Doctoral School Psychology program is seeking accreditation through the American Psychological Association. All programs are housed in the NMSU College of Health, Education and Social Transformation.

The objectives of the grant include providing financial support to 16 graduate-level clinical mental health counseling and school psychology students as well as their supervisors with a focus on factors impacting children, teens and young adults in rural and medically underserved communities. Additional training in Spanish counseling will make the training even more impactful.

For more information about the NMSU Counseling and Educational Psychology department, visit cep.msu.edu.

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