WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., February 20, 2024 – West Liberty University introduced four Speech and Hearing and Behavioral Health clinic rooms on the fourth floor of WLU’s Campbell Hall Sciences Building.
The newly constructed treatment rooms include a behavioral health treatment room, two speech and hearing treatment rooms, and an observation room with a view into one of the speech and hearing treatment rooms. This feature will allow parents, students, or faculty to observe treatment when the client is a minor.
WLU received funding for the space in the 2022-2023 academic year from The Sisters of Saint Joseph Health and Wellness Foundation and the Milan Puskar Foundation, which enabled the expansion of the clinics. Students in the MA Clinical Psychology program, the undergraduate Speech Pathology and Audiology students, and graduate students in the MS in Speech-Language Pathology program can now work directly with real clients, providing a deeper and more meaningful experience, while improving clinical problem-solving and analysis skills.
“This project has been a wonderful collaboration between West Liberty University, the WLU Foundation, and the two private foundations that provided grant funding. We are grateful to have their support for both WLU students and the wider community. The expansion of the clinical space at the WLU Behavioral Health and Speech and Hearing Clinics has served the dual purpose of providing affordable, accessible, high-quality psychological and speech and hearing services to members of the community and WLU students and serving as a training facility for future health care practitioners,” said Betsy Delk, Executive Director of the WLU Foundation.
In addition to continual efforts to provide students with experiential learning, the new treatment rooms expand WLU’s ability to offer accessible, high-quality, and low-cost services to surrounding communities.
“I am extremely excited that these additional treatment rooms will enable the West Liberty University Behavioral Health and Speech and Hearing Clinics to expand our clinical services to the regional community. West Liberty students working with patients in the clinics will gain valuable clinical experience,” said Karen Kettler, Dean of the College of Sciences.