School of Psychology & Counseling

Psychology Students Introduced to Rural Mental Health Practice

December 10, 2008

As part of the Regent School of Psychology & Counseling Psy.D. Colloquia Series, Dr. Clark D. Campbell, director of clinical training at George Fox University in Oregon, presented a lecture in early December on "Rural Psychology." He identified two distinct views of rural life, the characteristics of rural communities and general observations such as the value that religion seems to holds in these communities.

Resources in rural communities include strong social ties, hard workers and strength of character, Fox said. However, the challenges of rural life include poverty (17-18 percent in rural areas compared to 12 percent in urban communities), health problems, women and minority populations, mental health needs, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, and lack of hospitals. Community barriers include distance, and lack of public transportation, professionals, insurance programs, and information on entitlement programs.

Fox noted that many organizations are available for mental health professionals who are attempting to meet needs in rural communities, including the American Psychological Association Committee on Rural Health. Loan repayment programs are also available to assist psychology graduates who practice in a rural area.

To view the complete Psy.D. Colloquia series schedule, which brings professionals and scientists in the field of psychology to the Regent campus, please visit www.regent.edu/acad/schcou/psyd_colloquia/. For more information, contact psyd@regent.edu.

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