Counseling Center Wins $15,000 APA Grant
The American Psychological Association (APA) has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Counseling Center at SUNY Oneonta. The funding will support the center’s application for accreditation as an APA-approved doctoral internship training program. “This APA grant will affirm the high quality of our counseling which, as a community of over 6,000 students, is important,” said Dr. Steven Perry, vice president of student development. “It also will give our internship program greater visibility as a premier placement for doctoral interns, which is well deserved.”
The Counseling Center provides individual, group and crisis counseling for students of the college. Dr. Melissa Fallon-Korb, director of counseling and health services at SUNY Oneonta, said the college hires two interns in the last year of their doctoral programs in counseling or clinical psychology to complete their training with a year of full-time field work on our campus. The training program attracts interns from all over the United States and brings diversity and a variety of professional expertise to the Counseling Center.
“Our interns gain valuable hands-on experience and contribute to the quality of life on our campus,” said Fallon-Korb. “Accreditation will affirm that our program meets nationally endorsed standards, bring recognition to the quality of our interns’ training, and increase their marketability in the workforce.”
With over 134,000 members, the APA is the world’s largest association of psychologists. Its mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.