Dr. Jenny Hwang's Work Highlighted in The New York Times
Associate Dean and Director of the University's Counseling Center also teaches a course in Crisis Intervention for SPD's Higher Education Administration program
Stony Brook University's Counseling Center was profiled in the December 19, 2010 New York Times for its work with students who struggle with mental health issues. According to the article, the number of college students seeking mental health treatment is on the rise, and the types and severity of their illnesses have changed in recent decades. Dr. Jenny Hwang, the Director of the Counseling Center and adjunct faculty member for the University's Higher Education Administration program, explains the work she and her staff do, including dispelling the misconceptions that people have of college counseling centers:
"It’s so different from how people might stereotype the concept of college counseling, or back in the ’70s students coming in with existential crises: who am I?” said Dr. Hwang, whose staff of 29 includes psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and social workers. “Now they’re bringing in life stories involving extensive trauma, a history of serious mental illness, eating disorders, self-injury, alcohol and other drug use.”
Dr. Wang will examine these issues—along with care and prevention strategies—in her spring course, CEK 522 Crisis Management and Prevention in Higher Education.
To read the full text of the article, visit The New York Times on the web.