In 2011, Frey said she started the clinic’s pro bono program because the economy was still struggling and many clients couldn’t pay for services. Last year, the clinic provided about 150 hours, or $4,000 to $7,000, worth of care, Frey explained. The pro bono program led Frey to look at other ways the clinic might help the community, and the clinic now works with a number of non-profits.
Warren Queton, Sooner Upward Bound academic coordinator, said the collaboration with the OU Counseling Clinic was a win-win situation.
“We work with high school students from Oklahoma City public schools who may have social problems in the household. We help students transition from high school to college and make the best choice in preparation for college,” Queton said. “These students need someone who they can talk to about problems at home or in school. The Counseling Clinic helps students problem solve so they can keep their emotions in check and not let emotions get the best of them.”
Frey said the clinic offers group sessions to Sonner Upward Bound participants during the summer when they come to OU campus and discuss topics focusing on family, community, and setting goals and problem solving. Additionally, the clinic hopes to research and collect data for the program to determine which Sooner Upward Bound programs are most successful. Queton said research performed by the clinic should begin in 2014-15 and would help to justify Sooner Upward Bound programs when applying for grants.
OU Counseling Psychology Clinic also works with the Women’s Resource Center to provide groups with staff. The Women’s Resource Center help persons victimized by domestic and sexual violence.
Frey said individual counseling sessions for Women’s Resource Center clients were still in development. At Full Circle Life Enrichment Center, counselors work with senior ciitzens’ counseling needs by visiting the center at various times. But in about two weeks, the clinic plans to have a few students on site to perform services as needed, Frey explained.