Grad: CARE Clinic
The CARE Clinic provides a venue for students to build on strengths.
Katie Roberston (Student): The CARE Clinic is a great opportunity for the community to receive affordable counseling services and then for the students to also get some real-time experience in the counseling setting.
Ryan Martin (Supervisor): I think what’s unique about the CARE clinics is that not all counseling programs have their own counseling centers.
John Carmack (Professor): We get to help people who don’t have many resources, but they’ve got to agree to let an intern see then, under the supervision of a PhD.
Chuck Romig (Professor): Supervision is incredibly important for helping students identify the strengths and what they’re doing well, as well as their shortcomings.
John Carmack (Professor): The ability to be able to intervene in the moment is the best way to train anybody.
Chuck Romig (Professor): It’s very important that we provide a way, whether it’s through live supervision with one-way mirrors, or through closed circuit television, or through video, to be able to actually see what they’re doing, and then to build on their strengths.
John Carmack (Professor): In this room and every other clinical room in the CARE Clinic, you will have a camera. And it’s because we want vision to remain in supervision. The next room behind us is our play therapy room. A supervisor, or a practicum class, or a therapist can put a parent in working with their child, and that therapist can watch and hear and directly intervene into that room through what is called a bug in the ear of that parent.
Ryan Martin (Supervisor): They’re situated in one of our mirror rooms, and they essentially just go about having their regular counseling session.
John Carmack (Professor): And the practicum will be behind the mirror, watching the actual session that the therapist actually has. And about halfway through that session, we flip the lights. We turn the lights on in the conference room and down in the counseling room and we have what’s called a reflecting team which is a small group of our practicum folks, and they will provide observations and feedback amongst themselves, kind of like [unintelligible], to the people in the counseling room. And once the feedback is given, that usually lasts about three or four minutes, I will turn the lights back the other direction, give the session back to the counselor, and then we’ll see what they’ve picked up on from the feedback that was given.
Liz Herron (Student): It was so encouraging to then, after the client left to kind of debrief with the professor and with my other classmates. And pray about it too, in class, and know that the Lord is using me as an instrument. It’s been a really rewarding experience.
John Carmack (Professor): We’re providing them with this face to face, live, real-world experience of what it’s like to be a counselor.
Ryan Martin (Supervisor): I think when you get down to it counseling is about relationships.
Chuck Romig (Professor): I like training people that understand the seriousness of family life and the challenges today.
Geoffery Reddick (Graduate): And it’s hard and it’s messy, but it’s really rewarding to be able to see people grow and to change.
Liz Herron (Student): There is nothing like… walking out of that first session and feeling like this is exactly what God has for me to be doing, and I wouldn’t want to do it any other place than John Brown University.