Siloam Springs, Ark. (September 22, 2008) - John Brown University’s graduate counseling department has opened a new counseling clinic for the Fort Smith community. To celebrate the new center an open house will be held at the center on Tuesday, Sept. 30 from 3-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to come and visit this valuable addition to the Fort Smith community. The CARE (Competence, Attitudes and Character, Relationships, and Essential Knowledge) clinic is located at 1401 South Waldron Road Suite 200 in Fort Smith. JBU’s graduate counseling department also provides counseling services at its CARE Clinic in Siloam Springs and has future plans to open a clinic in Rogers. The CARE Clinic full-time staff includes Dr. Ryan Martin, Executive Director, an administrative coordinator and a graduate clinical assistant. The CARE Clinic uses intern counselors who are available on a regular basis as well as local counselors from the community. Counseling interns must complete three to four semesters of direct client contact until they reach a total of 500 hours of face-to-face contact in order to graduate. They are also under the direct supervision of a JBU graduate faculty member. All faculty and local counselors who use the clinic are licensed by the state of Arkansas. “The CARE Clinic has been designed to give graduate counseling students at JBU an easily accessible opportunity for further training and supervision, while making affordable counseling available to anyone in the community,” Dr. Ryan Martin, CARE Clinic Executive Director. Counseling is available to individuals, couples, and families at reduced rates. Session fees are based on a sliding scale according to family size and annual income. Normal operating hours are Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Evening appointments are also available several nights a week based on availability of counselors and staff. The CARE Clinic can be reached by phone at 479-478-7048 or emailed at FSCareClinic@jbu.edu.