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Multicultural health care program to start at NMSU

The New Mexico State University Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, in collaboration with the School of Social Work and the Southern New Mexico Family Practice Residency Program, will develop a new program this fall to provide doctoral and graduate students with hands-on experience in integrative, multicultural health care.

duate Psychology Education Program, made possible by a $422,550 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will encourage students studying counseling psychology, family practice medicine and social work to collaborate in their work.

The program will emphasize multiculturalism in the curriculum to enhance the students' experience with diverse clientele. This will prepare students to provide culturally competent and multidisciplinary health care to residents living in medically underserved communities.

"We hope this program will support the collaboration of mental and physical health practices and encourage students to seek health psychology as a viable career option," said Eve Adams, assistant professor of counseling and educational psychology and director of training for the counseling psychology doctoral program.

The three-year program will include community-based experiences in the family practice center affiliated with Memorial Medical Center, the Las Cruces High School Student Health Center and other local agencies.

The NMSU Counseling Psychology Program in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

HRSA is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and awards grants to programs that expand and improve maternal and child health, primary health care for medically underserved people, health services for people with HIV and AIDS, health profession training and education, rural health, telemedicine and organ donation.

For more information about the graduate program, call Adams at (505) 646-1142.