National datasets show a severe shortage of mental health providers in rural communities. The presenters will discuss current trends in the delivery of counseling and other mental health services to rural clients and communities. Current literature suggests the needs of rural clients are as diverse as those faced by clients from the inner city. This session will help counselors to connect with the most current and up- to-date practices for the delivery of evidenced-based mental health services for clients in rural areas.
Identify models for delivery of mental health services in rural areas and critically examine current literature on rural mental health.
Explore challenges faced by clients and providers within rural populations and develop stronger working relationships with rural mental health providers.
Understand diversity issues and multicultural needs of mental health clients in rural areas and generalize findings to better mental health service delivery in other rural areas.
Associate Professor for the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership,
Texas Tech University
Behavioral Health Specialist,
Central Plains Center