October 4, 2007
In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, Governor Tim Kaine has asked for more mental health program funding.
UVa is losing a program, and many people are sad to see it go.
"I am extremely saddened. I think we have put out just quality mental health professionals who have served the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth for many years. I do consider it a loss," Kathleen May, Associate Professor of Counselor Education says.
The Curry School of Education will no longer admit students into the mental health component of the counselor education program.
This is very specific training. Its focus is on mental health counseling outside of the school system.
"We are still very concerned with the mental health needs of children and adolescents, but we will focus on our school counseling program in the future," May says.
May says many alumni of the program take jobs in the community and become licensed professionals in fewer than two years.
"In my opinion, to lose a mental health program is always scary because I don't think our needs are decreasing, I think they're increasing," May adds.
UVa released a statement. They say part of the reason for this decision include that three faculty members will be retiring, and they do not want to admit more students without sufficient faculty.
Students currently in the program will not be affected by the changes.
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