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

We provide affordable, quality counseling and 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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Clinic Closed Between July 24 and August 19

In accordance with the university schedule, the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will close on July 24 and reopen on August 19 with expanded Fall hours. We are unable to provide services during this time. Anyone needing services prior to August 19 should contact another provider.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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History of the Clinic

The earliest version of what is now the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic was planned and constructed under the guidance of Dr. Ken Gutsch as part of the original construction of Owings-McQuagge Hall, completed in 1964. At this time, the Clinic was located across the hall from its current location in what is now the Counseling Assessment Lab.

This space featured microphones wired to observation stations and one-way mirrors. This allowed faculty supervisors to monitor counseling sessions as they were taking place using headphones. In some cases, counselors-in-training utilized earpieces so their supervisor could communicate with them directly. While this sort of technology might seem primitive by today's standards, it was innovative for its time.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Summer 2015 Hours

The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic reopened for services on May 26 with the following hours for the Summer 2015 term:
  • Tuesdays 1pm-5pm
  • Wednesdays 3pm-7pm
  • Thursdays 8am-Noon
All services are provided by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 601.266.4601. Additional information about our services can be found on our website.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

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Clinic Closed Between April 29 and May 26

Abstract Art of Bernd Luz in Acryl-Technology on canvas
By Bernd Luz, via Wikimedia Commons
In accordance with the university schedule, the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic will close at 5:00 pm on April 29 and reopen on May 26. We are unable to provide services during this time.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Myths About Therapy

Based on interviews she has conducted with mental health providers around the U.S., Margarita Tartakovsky (World of Psychology) recently shared some of the responses she received to her question about the biggest myths about therapy. She reminds us that these misconceptions are fairly common and serve to discourage people from seeking professional help.

The myths on her list are ones we hear regularly at the Clinic from individuals seeking counseling for the first time. Examples include:
  • Therapy is only for people who are in crisis.
  • Going to therapy means there's something wrong with you.
  • The therapist is going to fix you.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

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Maintaining Mental Health Awareness

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When was the last time you took a mental health day off from work? While this might not be necessary or practical for many of us, it does highlight how we tend to pay more attention to our physical health than our mental health. And yet, it is important that we do not neglect our mental and emotional health.

Mental health awareness involves making an effort to be conscious of our needs and our feelings. This is an important part of how we prevent our stress level from building up to the point where we begin to feel overwhelmed.

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