Webster Geneva Counseling Training Center Will Help Alumni, Students, Geneva Community

| August 10, 2011

The ribbon cutting reflected the Center’s reach: Webster students, alumni, faculty and the Geneva community

The new Counseling Training Center at Webster University’s Geneva campus officially opened its doors Thursday, July 30.

A well-attended opening event in Geneva led by Robert Spencer, European campuses director general, and Ros Thomas, head of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling, featured a ribbon cutting by current MA Counseling student Priyal Chandrani and alumna Jean Mason Davids.

The new Center provides a unique opportunity to Webster graduates, students and the Geneva community: Webster graduates will offer services to members of the Geneva community to who otherwise do not have access, while MA Counseling students can use the Center to work towards completion of their 700 hours of practicum and internship required to graduate.

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Webster University Geneva Counseling

Thomas explains: “The philosophy behind the opening of this Center is inspired by the history and ethos of social justice that led to the start of the U.S. campus of Webster University.

“As part of Webster’s campus network we aim to foster dialogue, respect and understanding across boundaries and between cultures.

“We are committed to offering our Masters in Counseling students a distinct personal experience and to building the resources required to achieve this vision.”

Thomas says one way many universities do this is by extending this role of social responsibility into the community through the development of this Student Counseling Training service. In this model, the program aims to find a way for the Center to reach out to the Geneva community and serve Webster students.

“All clients will be carefully screened, assessed and students well supervised,” Thomas says. “Where someone has the means to fund full counseling fees, they will be referred to external therapists. A faculty member will be on-call week by week in case a student experiences any difficulties beyond their level of competency.”

Thomas and her colleagues hope this service will prove beneficial to the Geneva community and Webster graduate students.

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