Beginning July 1, 2012, Graduate Student Interns in the Troy University’s Tampa Bay Site Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program have been providing Outpatient Counseling Services to the Salvation Army’s Hospitality and Hope Houses in Tampa. The two Salvation Army programs are transitional living facilities for the homeless. Served are over 15 children with their mothers; 28 single women and over 40 single men. The counseling students do Clinical Assessment, Treatment Planning, and Clinical Counseling Sessions.
The goal of the counseling by the TROY Interns is to help their clients to feel empowered to make sound decisions concerning their future employment, financial planning, housing search and becoming independent within the two year period they are residents in the Salvation Army’s Homeless Programs and Unemployed Military Veterans living in the community. Clinical issues addressed are: Overcoming the aftermath of PTSD; Recovering from Domestic Violence; Dealing with low self-esteem; Handling their emotional excesses including rage, anger and resentment. The clinical supervisor for this Program is the Be-COS Founder and President, Jim Messina, Ph.D. who is also a faculty member of Troy University’s Counseling and Psychology program in Tampa.
For further information contact: Dr. James J. Messina, Ph.D., CCMCH, NCC, Assistant Professor Counseling and Psychology, Troy University – Tampa Bay Site, 813-835-6220.