The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Marriage and Family
Therapy Program has services available and are ready to serve
the needs of the community after the terrorists attacks on our
country last Tuesday.
"The ULM Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic is open to the
public for a minimal fee," said the Director of Clinical
Training, Lamar Woodham, Ed.D. The clinic is staffed by interns
in the Marriage and Family program who are earning their masters
or doctorate degrees. Anyone on campus or in the community who
seeks counseling is welcome to make an appointment.
Marriage and Family Therapy is also holding a meeting on Wednesday,
Sept. 19 at noon in the MFT house at 3404 Bon Aire for their
faculty and students.
It's a brown bag luncheon on developing a MFT Crisis Response
Team to serve the community. Dr. Laurie Charles, their newest
faculty, will be offering her thoughts and help for the meeting.
Professor Woodham said to his students, "The families of
our communities will continue to feel a wide range of emotions
related to these events for a long time. The pain, grief, anger,
frustration, anxiety, depression and many other feelings will
be very real influence in the lives of our present and future
clients. We must be ready to "step up to the plate"
as serve as the professionals that we are."
In addition to the clinic and the MFT Crisis Response Team there
is also a website available. "Unlike natural disasters these
acts of terrorism know no geographic boundaries," said Dr.
James Morris, President of the American Association for Marriage
and Family Therapy (AAMFT). "The feeling of anger, fear,
and grief, will reverberate for many weeks to come. Hardly any
family in North America will be untouched, and it will be critical
to care for the emotional needs of the citizens as well as their
The AAMFT has over 15,000 members standing by to assist families
throughout the country who are stressed and traumatized by the
recent terrorist attacks. Many are working in conjunction with
the American Red Cross under a partnership between the two organizations.
The AAMFT has set up a special website, www.TherapistLocator.net
, with consumer oriented material about loss and bereavement,
and post-traumatic stress. At TherapistLocator.net, consumers
who wish to speak directly with a therapist can search by city
or zip code to find a qualified therapist in their area.
Marriage and family therapist are trained to work with individuals
and families who have suffered loss or who have been traumatized.
"Trauma really is a family problem", Dr. Morris said.
"It manifests in many ways, and can have devastating consequences
for individuals and their families. Likewise, the family can
be a powerful, healing support for its members."
For more information: contact Lamar Woodham at 342-3005.