“clients are more satisfied with counseling when it is provided by a counselor who is culturally responsive”
Imagine if instead of mental health counselors, this story was about drinking fountains. Would that still be OK?
The College Fix reports:
UW-Madison hires three mental health providers to ‘exclusively serve students of color’
The University of Wisconsin Madison has hired nine new mental health providers, three of whom “will exclusively serve students of color, joining eight providers already in this role,” campus officials recently announced.
The hires were made in “response to a need to improve access to mental health services,” campus leaders stated in a Sept. 9 news release.
Campus spokeswoman Meredith McGlone told The College Fix via email that research shows “clients are more satisfied with counseling when it is provided by a counselor who is culturally responsive.”
The campus statement noted that in “addition to increasing access to services, the new providers will enhance programming across campus aimed to support BIPOC-identified students.”
The BIPOC acronym stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color.
Of the remaining new hires, four “will serve as generalists which are counselors who see clients with a wide range of concerns rather than a specific population.”
“Finally, the two additional new providers will serve as care managers, working closely with students who may need support in finding resources both at UHS and in the Madison community,” the announcement said.
Mental Health Services has 55 providers on staff, and during the 2020-21 academic year saw more than 25,000 patient visits, according to the news release.
“The new providers represent a diverse mix of clinical social workers, counselors, and psychologists, each with a special interest in meeting the growing demand for mental health services on campus,” it added.
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