Welcome to the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic's blog!

We provide affordable, quality psychological services to the University of Southern Mississippi and Hattiesburg community. For more information, call (601) 266-4601 or visit our webpage.

Here are some of the things you can expect to find on our blog:

  • Information about our services and upcoming events
  • The latest mental health news
  • Tips for promoting health and wellness

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Emergency Mental Health Resources in Hattiesburg

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The Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The building is part of the University of Southern Mississippi Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic, we often work with individuals experiencing mild suicidal thoughts without serious intent to harm themselves. These thoughts are fairly common, and our counselors are trained to assess suicidal thoughts as a part of routine care. At the same time, we have some important limitations as a training clinic that prevent us from accepting clients with more serious suicidal thoughts, multiple risk factors for suicide (e.g., previous suicidal behavior, serious medical conditions, ongoing substance abuse, pervasive hopelessness), or other mental health problems where access to emergency/crisis services is likely to be necessary.

When we determine that an individual seeking services or a current client needs a higher level of care than we can provide, we will refer him or her to a treatment provider who can better meet these needs. Here are some of the resources we use:


Additional Resources for the University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg Campus

  • University Police - 601.266.4986 (emergencies on campus)
  • Student Counseling Services - 601.266.4829 or 601.606.4357 after hours (walk-in services during business hours; on-call counselor available after hours)
  • For situations that are not emergencies but where a member of the Southern Miss community is concerned about a student, they can make an anonymous report through the USM CARES program.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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Clinic to Provide Free Adult ADHD Screenings

Project 365 #147: 270509 Testing Times AheadAs part of ADHD Awareness Month, the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic is providing free ADHD screenings to adults (age 18+) at the end of October. The screenings, which will take about 5-10 minutes, will be conducted by graduate students in the Counseling Psychology program at Southern Miss.

Brief screenings cannot determine whether someone meets the diagnostic criteria for ADHD; they are designed to identify individuals who may benefit from more comprehensive diagnostic evaluations.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

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October is ADHD Awareness Month

The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic joins with the ADHD Awareness Coalition to fight misperceptions during ADHD AWARENESS MONTH

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) is one of the most prevalent and misunderstood conditions in the world, according to Sarah D. Wright, ADHD Awareness Month Coalition Chair. "You may not be aware of it, but whether you are affected by it yourself, or someone you love or work with is affected by it, ADD/ADHD has touched your life."

ADHD Awareness Month (October) is an international movement to educate the public and create greater awareness and understanding about ADHD. The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will recognize ADHD Awareness Month by joining with millions of adults, families, and children living with ADHD, as well as health care professionals, psychologists, and other leaders, to promote greater awareness about ADHD.

ADHD, a neurodevelopmental disorder, affects millions of Americans regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. Recognized widely by medical organizations as varied as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), ADHD causes significant impairment at work, in school, and throughout the daily lives of those affected by it.

Ruth Hughes, former CEO of CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), referred to current research, saying, "ADHD has many faces. It affects people of all ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic classes. This is an important month when our community comes together to rally around the cause of ADHD awareness."

The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will provide free ADHD screenings to adults (age 18+) at the end of October. Details about these screenings, including the dates, times, and location are forthcoming.

The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic provides affordable, quality psychological services to the University of Southern Mississippi and greater Hattiesburg communities. As the training clinic of the Counseling Psychology graduate programs at Southern Miss, we are able to offer a full range of psychological services at affordable rates. For more information, visit us on the web or call 601.266.4601 for an appointment.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

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Clinic Receives Generous Donation From Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association

thank youThe Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic received a generous donation from the Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood Association (HHNA) on Friday. The gift of $2,000 will help to offset fees for clients who have difficulty affording mental health services provided by the clinic.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

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Confidentiality in Counseling

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Anyone who has been in counseling or therapy will tell you that confidentiality is an extremely important consideration. In order to feel comfortable sharing our thoughts and feelings with a counselor or therapist, we must have confidence that he or she will protect our privacy and keep what we discuss confidential. We also need to be informed about the few legally-mandated exceptions to confidentiality.  

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Alcohol Prevention for Southern Miss Students

Cigarettes And AlcoholThe Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic is now accepting referrals of traditional age Southern Miss students (age 18-25) to its Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention Program for College Students (BASICS). Referrals are accepted from faculty, staff, and students. BASICS is currently free of charge and aims to help students prevent the consequences often associated with alcohol use.

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