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Kershaw Cty, SC: District partners with mental health providers for in-school counseling

June 21, 2018, Camden (SC) Chronicle-Independent: Partnership to provide counseling for KC students As new violent incidents in schools across the country are reported daily, more and more school administrators are exploring increasing counseling to students. One partnership hopes to bring critical mental health resources to Kershaw County high schools while offering training for rising psychologists. The Community Medical Clinic (CMC) of Kershaw County, a nonprofit provider of medical care to the uninsured in Kershaw County, is partnering with the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Psychology to provide mental health counseling in all three of Kershaw County’s high schools. … “We have a lot of kids that struggle with anxiety and depression,” said David Branham, principal of North Central High School. “To have wellness coaches in our schools to help our children through whatever they are facing is invaluable.”… Beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, all three schools will have mental health counselors available for students during the school day. Students can be referred to these counselors by the school administrators as well as school nurses, teachers and guidance counselors. The program is led by doctoral students in school mental health. “Our partnership with CMC will greatly increase the capacity to promote mental health at Kershaw County schools,” said Bret Kloos, Ph.D., professor of psychology at USC and director of the Clinical-Community Psychology Doctoral Training Program. “It also provides valuable training experience and collaboration for our students that complements our training program.”…


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