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University-Community Clinic Needs Assessment
Tamekia Bell, Cheryl Neale-McFall, Kathryn P. Alessandria, and Tiffinee Hamilton
Community and university collaborations involve partnerships that are mutually beneficial for all parties included in the partnership In order to continually strengthen these partnerships and determine if they are beneficial, assessments and evaluations need to be conducted. This article describes a needs assessment conducted of a university counseling training clinic. The clinic is housed within a local community services board (CSB). University faculty, CSB management, training clinic directors, and students were interviewed and surveyed to assess the collaborations, perceptions, and satisfaction of the clinic as a training site for counselor education graduate students. Overall, results revealed a need for increased communication and collaboration between university members and the local community services board. Results also indicated that students were satisfied, on the whole, with the clinic as a counseling training site. Recommendations and implications for counseling practice are explored and discussed.
Keywords: Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation, Counseling, Collaboration, Community Partnerships