JMU Residency will Increase Counseling in Page County

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Eric Gorton

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Page County doctors will get some much-needed help beginning in spring 2022 when James Madison University launches a residency program for doctoral students training to become advanced counseling practitioners or counselor educators.

With a $712,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration, planning for the residency started in May, said Robin Anderson, head of the graduate psychology program at JMU.

The doctoral students will assist physicians who provide medication-assisted treatment to patients with substance use disorders. The program will increase access to quality substance use and behavioral health services in Page County, a Health Professional Shortage Area, with an emphasis on addressing barriers to service for minority and marginalized persons.

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Involves Faculty, Involves Students


JMU Campus Scope, Harrisonburg/Local/VA, Regional US Scope


Spring 2022

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Health and Healthcare

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Engaged Learning


Program, Community Service

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