Expansion planned for counseling programs as need for mental health providers grows
As societal needs for mental and behavioral health continue to increase, Regis University is keeping pace with plans to expand facilities and grow academic offerings within its counseling programs, all while making counseling services more accessible to the community.
Come next fall, the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy and its state-of-the-art therapy labs – long-based at Regis’ Broomfield Campus – will make the move to the University’s Thornton Campus to accommodate growth well into the future.
Among the expanded academic offerings is a new certificate program in addictions counseling. Regis already boasts postgraduate certificate programs in marriage and family therapy, counseling children and adolescents, transformative counseling, and counseling military families. Those are in addition to graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy, and counseling – both of which hold the gold standard accreditations for their respective degree specializations.
Faculty and students are excited about creating opportunities that better align with Regis’ Jesuit mission: being of men and women in service of others, particularly those on the margins of society. The hope is that moving to a more residential and urban area will make counseling services more accessible to local families.
Marco Antillon, a student in the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program, said he’s thrilled about the opportunities ahead, specifically being better positioned to work with more families and directly address issues like access to mental health services.
There’s perspective to be gained, he added.
“The changes ahead will increase the diversity of the clients we serve, which will provide for a more accurate reflection of the world, as well as a richer learning experience for future therapists,” he said.
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