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Game night to benefit counseling clinic

By Samantha Bryan
On April 18, 2012

  • Members of the UDM Graduate Student Counseling Association visit at a Detroit soup kitchen earlier this year.


Graduate counseling students will be hosting a game night Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. to benefit the campus counseling clinic, located on the first floor of Reno Hall. 

The UDM clinic provides free comprehensive health counseling services to both adults and children who suffer from a variety of personal issues.

It provides on-site and outreach counseling to clients in need of mental health services, said Dr. Joceyln Bennett-Garraway.

"The counseling clinic provides service for anger management, depression, career assistance, substance abuse and so on. Whatever counseling one may need we are here to assist," said Bennett-Garraway. "Many people from around the community take advantage of using the service, and the main goal is to meet the needs of these people that come to us for assistance."

The clinic is operated by UDM's counseling program.

Services are provided by second-year graduate counseling students, in addition to licensed professional counselors who contribute their time.

"We currently have a waiting list for people that want to come in for counseling," stated Stephy Awalt, co-president of the Graduate Student Counseling Association (GSCA). Awalt is enrolled in the master's program for addiction counseling.

The association is made up of about 10 members. Bennett-Garraway is faculty advisor for GSCA.

Working in the clinic is part of the students' graduation requirements.

Each graduate student has intensive supervision by a licensed professional counselor, a service that is free for practicum students in the clinic. 

 Unlike many schools where students must find a place to intern, the counseling clinic at UDM allows students to do their practicums here.

"Given how much the clinic offers students in the counseling program, we realize that the clinic has needs as well," said Awalt. "This year the GSCA has planned a fundraising event in order to help with extra funds for the clinic."

Proceeds from the game night will help pay for the free bus tickets the clinic offers individuals who can't otherwise afford transportation to the clinic.

The benefit "will be a night where everyone can come and join us for a good time and get to know more about GSCA and the counseling clinic," Awalt said.

The group will ask for a small donation at the door.

According to Eugenia Dillard, one of the public relations officers for GSCA, "the clinic has helped so many people throughout the community. It is such a joy to know that we are able to give back to the community and that the people gladly accept it."

For information about the clinic, contact Dr. Sheri Pickover, clinical director, at 313-993-1626 or by email at 

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