June 29, 2020
Hood College’s counseling program has received a $2.2 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
This grant, to be dispersed over the next five years, is for the master’s program in clinical mental health counseling to increase its diversity as well as the diversity of the profession, by strengthening the recruitment and retention efforts and graduation rates of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including underrepresented minorities.
In response to the underrepresentation of racial/ethnic minorities in the field of clinical mental health counseling in the Frederick region, this money will fund Hood’s “Helping the Helper: Supporting Disadvantaged Clinical Mental Health Students” project, which is designed to increase that diversity. The goals of the project are to increase enrollment of full-time students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the counseling program, provide scholarships to these students, offer services to retain them for a 100 percent graduation rate, increase the number of graduates practicing in primary care, and increase the number of graduates practicing in medically underserved communities.
“I believe this grant to be a huge step in the right direction for our work in the counseling field,” said Andrew Campbell, Ph.D., director of the counseling program. “It will go to fund new students coming from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in an effort to provide them with the means to pursue their graduate studies and give back to those same communities. Particularly given the current political context, I think this is a wonderful step for Hood to take.”