WMU News

Anderson named director of Center for
Counseling and Psychological Services

May 29, 1997

KALAMAZOO -- Dr. Mary Z. Anderson has been named the director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services in Western Michigan University's Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology.

She replaces Dr. Robert L. Betz, director of the center since it opened in 1986, who has returned to the faculty in the department.

The center is the primary training facility for the department's master's and doctoral students, providing them with the clinical experience they need to meet their practicum requirements. The clients are of all ages and come from Kalamazoo and the surrounding area. Most have no economic resources to obtain services in the private and public sectors.

Each semester, four to six master's practica and one to three doctoral practica -- each consisting of five to seven student counselors and one supervisor/instructor (a practicing licensed counselor or psychologist) -- serve a total of about 100 clients.

Anderson has been a WMU faculty member since 1995. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While completing her advanced degrees, she served as both a teaching assistant and a research assistant at Illinois.

Her predoctoral counseling experience includes working as a therapist at both the University of Illinois Counseling Center and the privately-operated Carle Pavilion in Champaign as well as completing an American Psychological Association-accredited internship in the Student Counseling Center at Illinois State University.

WMU's Center for Counseling and Psychological Services is one of 25 such facilities in the United States. Over the years, visitors from other institutions in both the United States and other countries have toured the center and used it to help develop their own training clinics. Since it was established 11 years ago, the center has trained more than 1,000 students and has served nearly 5,000 clients.

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