Chicago School of Professional Psychology president applauds Biden’s mental health initiative | News

Los Angeles, March 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — President Joe Biden’s announcement yesterday of a new pledge to address the nation’s mental health crisis is being applauded by thought leaders across the education such as Dr. Michele Nealon, Psy.D., president of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

“As educators of future psychologists and therapists, we are thrilled to hear the President place such a high priority on building capacity and diversity in the mental health workforce,” she said. declared. Nealon echoed the president’s call for more behavioral health care providers, noting that a third of Americans live in designated mental health professional shortage areas.

“At the Chicago School, we have been committed for more than four decades to expanding the supply, diversity, and cultural competency of the mental health workforce, especially in underserved communities,” said said Dr. Nealon.

She noted that the president’s FY23 budget includes $700 million for programs such as the National Health Service Corps, the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program, and the Minority Fellowship Program. These all provide training, access to scholarships and loan repayment to mental health and addictions clinicians committed to practice in rural and other underserved communities.

“This major new funding will help expand the pipeline of mental health providers in low-income communities and people of color,” she said. “These are precisely the areas where we focus our training efforts so that our graduates are well equipped to fill the void.”

The Chicago school educates more than 6,000 students each year in the fields of psychology, behavioral health sciences, and nursing. Almost two in three are students of color. In 2019-20, the Chicago School awarded 11% of the total clinical, counseling, and applied psychology degrees awarded by the private nonprofit higher education sector in the state of California alone.

“The Chicago School is committed to providing excellence in education and training, training diverse psychologists and therapists ready to meet the emerging mental health needs of the community, while building a workforce highly skilled and dedicated mental health worker,” said Dr. Nealon.

“There is no health without mental health and there is no health without systemic change. That’s why I look forward to joining the White House in making a real difference for communities across our country,” she added.

About the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Integrating theory with practical experience, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology provides an education rooted in a commitment to innovation, service, and community for thousands of diverse students across the United States and around the world. Founded in 1979, the nonprofit, regionally accredited university now offers campuses in iconic locations across the country (Chicago, Southern California, Washington, DC, New Orleans, Dallas) and online. To spark positive change in the world where it matters most, The Chicago School has continued to expand its educational offerings beyond the field of psychology to offer more than 30 degrees and certificates in the professional fields of health services, nursing, education, counseling, business. , and more. Through its engaged professional education model, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an extensive network of national and international professional partnerships, Chicago School students benefit from real-world educational opportunities that reflect their future career. The Chicago School is also proud to be affiliated withCDS, a nonprofit college system that advances student success and community impact. To learn more, visitwww.thechicagoschool.edu.

Victor Abalos Chicago School of Professional Psychology (213) 615-7270 [email protected]

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