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Outcome study of a community based training clinic: Are we serving our clients?
The purpose of this current article is to describe the clientele of one training clinic and examine the outcome of clients served at a Mid-Atlantic mid-sized university training clinic. The clinic serves as a training site for School Psychology master’s students as well as counseling students in their practicum. The counseling students enter the practicum during the last year of their training and have live supervisors on site at all times when seeing clients. Considering that very little research has been done on the client population who visit training clinics, one important aspect of this article is to describe the client population. Additionally, since nearly two thirds of the clients seen in counseling training clinics are from the community (Myers & Smith, 1995), it would seem that training clinics also serve as community mental health clinics. As a community clinic, an important aspect of management is to determine if the client population is being served; however, no client satisfaction surveys were distributed to clients during their examinations.