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George E. Hill Center
The George E. Hill Center for Counseling and Research, located in McCracken Hall 346, is a teaching facility for master and doctoral students from The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education 's Counselor Education programs. Counseling services that may be provided by counselor trainees to campus and community clients are under the supervision of faculty instructors.
The primary mission of the Center is to train master’s- and doctoral-level counselor trainees in the counselor education programs. A secondary purpose includes providing counseling and human development services to members of the university community (OU students, faculty and staff) and area residents. The third mission of the Center is to conduct counseling-related research.
Scope of Services
The George E. Hill Center for Counseling and Research has provided the following clinical services:
- Individual Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Child and Adolescent Counseling
- Couple Counseling
- Parent Education
- Psychological Assessment
- Career Counseling
- Outreach and Consultation
The Center operates during the three academic quarters and may operate during the full summer session.
The Counseling Center may provide counseling to both campus and community groups. Clients are screened for assistance based upon the client's expressed problem and the clinical training needs of counselor trainees. If a client and student cannot be matched, the client is referred elsewhere for assistance.
The major services of the Center can include individual or group sessions. Sessions are scheduled as often as deemed necessary by the counselor trainee, the practicum instructor/supervisor, and the client(s). The type of counseling and/or testing is designed by the student under the direct supervision of the practicum instructor/supervisor.
The Counselor Education Program Coordinator, Dr. Mona Robinson, serves as the Director of the George E. Hill Center, and oversees a team of doctoral graduate assistants who make up the core staff of the Center. The Director supports the graduate assistants, supervisors, and counselor trainees in the clinical practice of counseling. The Director is responsible for the coordination of all activities in the Center. Graduate assistants provide support for a variety of clinical, administrative, and research-related tasks and manage scheduling and other clerical activities.
The George E. Hill Center occupies an 8-room suite on the third floor of McCracken Hall. The facility includes a client waiting room and the video-tape "Control Room." There are a total of 6 counseling rooms: 4 for individual/couple counseling and two for group/family counseling. Counseling rooms are equipped for live monitoring and videotape recording of counseling sessions. Computers are available for counselors to use for typing and record-keeping.
Specialist Certification Program
Associated with the George E. Hill Center is Ohio University's Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist Certification Program. This program provides hands-on training to professionals working with offenders regardless of age or gender. According to a 1997 Department of Justice study, for every incarcerated sex offender, three were placed in community supervision. Of all convicted offenders, 60% are on parole and therefore in the community.
As a result of the training, participants receive comprehensive training designed to:
- Reduce offender relapse risk
- Protect potential victims
- Enhance community safety
- Explore the special issues and concerns surrounding working with offenders in community and institutional settings
Additionally, participants learn how to:
- Work with offenders in community settings and in institutions
- Develop offense—specific treatment that instills in sexual offenders personal responsibility, victim empathy and relapse prevention strategies
- Explore techniques, methods and treatment modalities aimed at helping offenders develop personal control to avoid re-offending
The comprehensive five-day program is offered at various cites around the state and country throughout the year. Currently the administrator position is open and programs are not being scheduled at his time. Once the position has been filled program scheduling will resume.
For more information, please contact:
Mona Robinson, Ph.D., PCC-S, LSW, CRC
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 321B
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