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CCPH adds four new hires to staff

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The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) at the University of Massachusetts has recently updated its staff with three psychologists and an outreach specialist.

The team of psychologists, Patricia A. Barrows, Deborah B. Berkman and Joshua Relin, were previously employed by the counseling and assessment office. This was until recently an independent department until it was merged with Mental Health Services to form the CCPH. The two departments are now both under the wing of University Health Services (UHS).

Barrows received a bachelor’s degree in education from Lowell State College and a Master’s in counselor training from Boston College. She then proceeded to earn a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from UMass Amherst. UHS’s website lists her clinical interests as “Higher education counseling and assessment; anxiety; grief; depression; relationship issues; stress; sexual orientation; multicultural and women’s issues; trauma.” She previously held a private practice in Amherst.

Berkman also graduated from the University’s doctoral program in counseling psychology. Her areas of interest include individual therapy, challenges faced by college students as deterrents to their success, and clinical work with disabled students. Her post-graduate training is listed online as “Hampshire College Counseling Center, Amherst, Mass.; Westfield State College Psychological Services Center, Westfield, Mass.; UMass Amherst Counseling and Assessment Services, Amherst, Mass.; Hampden District Mental Health Center, Springfield, Mass.”

Relin earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, Calif. His clinical interests include learning disabilities, ADHD intervention, men’s health, and both individual and group therapy. He is also certified in CPR, crisis intervention and first aid.

Nupur Jain, the new outreach specialist, will tutor University groups as part of CCPH’s suicide prevention efforts. According to a press release, “in 2009, the department was awarded a three-year, $300,000 federal grant to expand campus prevention efforts.” Jain was previously employed by the counseling center at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. During her time there she provided individual, couples and crisis counseling, as well as coordinated outreach programming.

CCPH’s website describes the department as being dedicated to providing “Confidential services [including] crisis intervention, short-term therapy for individuals, couples and families, support and therapy groups, behavioral medicine, psychiatric services and an eating disorders clinic. Our staff also provides consultation and education for the campus and surrounding communities. CCHP’s suicide prevention experts offer free trainings for the campus community.”

For more information on CCPH, students, staff and faculty are encouraged to visit http://www.umass.edu/uhs/counseling/ or call (413) 545-2337.

-Collegian News Staff

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