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Students Provide Training to Wounded Warrior Organization

By Rachel Bender | December 19, 2012

Regent University's Psychological Services Center (PSC) exists to provide training opportunities for graduate students while offering affordable mental health services to the Regent University and Hampton Roads, Va., community. In recent months, however, the PSC has begun expanding its efforts beyond the local community.

Two students from Regent's School of Psychology & Counseling, under the direction of PSC's director, Dr. LaTrelle Jackson, traveled to Fayetteville, N.C., earlier this month to conduct a seminar with staff members at a regional office for the Wounded Warrior organization.

Doctoral in psychology students Elena McSwain and Grace Kallimel conducted a Myers-Briggs training session designed to help the office employees better understand their personalities and interoffice dynamics in order to be more effective in their outreach.

"Bringing in a team from Regent to do in-house training with them is new," McSwain said of the Wounded Warrior organization. And, for McSwain and Kallimel, the training provided an opportunity to put their knowledge to work in a real-life setting. "[We're learning] how to not only provide a presentation and training, but also integrate the assessments into it and learning to manage those two things simultaneously," McSwain explained.

"It kind of introduced me to what military life looks like," Kallimel said. "We do have clients from the military. [The Wounded Warrior employees] discussed some of the things the warriors are trying to adjust to coming back."

Taking opportunities like this one—to travel and share seminars in other locations—extends the PSCs impact. "Outreach is tremendously important, primarily because people will not think to access services at a psychological services center. When we take those services to them, it becomes much friendlier," Jackson explained. "People get quality service and never have to walk through the door of the PSC."

As its outreach grows, the center continues to offer seminars on campus as well. During the Spring 2013 semester, they are planning seminars and events related to diabetes prevention and awareness, alcoholism, eating disorders and more. The seminars are generally led by students under the supervision of a faculty member.

Learn more about Regent's Psychological Services Center.

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