The University of Mississippi’s Counselor Education Clinic for Outreach and Personal Enrichment (COPE) has moved to a new location at UM’s new South Oxford Center.
Previously located at UM’s Insight Park, COPE moved to 2301 South Lamar Blvd., due to the clinic’s need for more space. Part of the UM School of Education, COPE offers mental health counseling services for children, adolescents, college students and adults.
COPE is open noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
“It’s as though the space was built for us”, said Alexandria Kerwin, COPE clinic coordinator and assistant professor of counselor education. “In addition to serving UM students, we also provide services to the community. The location makes us more accessible to the public.”
The clinic also trains master’s and Ph.D. students enrolled in UM’s counselor education program.
“We are excited about COPE’s new location,” said Mandy Perryman, associate professor and coordinator of counselor education at UM. “As our students become counselors-in-training, they have a wonderful facility to use. There are several spacious counseling rooms and play rooms, as well as offices and a conference room. Clients can easily find us and park without any trouble.”
COPE has grown significantly in scope since opening in 2015 and recently experienced an influx of referrals. COPE serves for the benefit and convenience of the local public and sets its fees on a sliding scale based on income. UM students may use the COPE clinic free of charge.
“With the sliding scale fee system, COPE is able to serve a variety of clients, many with limited resources,” Perryman said. “This helps us meet the counseling needs of our community, while training our students to be effective within a diverse society.”
Parking at the new location is free for all. There is also an on-demand van service, which can be requested by calling 662-915-7235, 30 minutes prior to one’s pick up time. Pick up takes place on the south side of the South Oxford Center under the canopy. The drop off and pick up point on main campus will be at The Kennon Observatory. The service runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
By Sara G. McAlister