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JFK University Opens Community Center in Concord

May 2, 2011
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PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, announced the opening today of a Community Center in downtown Concord – the new home of the mental health counseling services which the University has been offering at its counseling center in Pleasant Hill. The Center is located at 2020 Willow Pass Road, Suite 200, on the second floor of the Bank of America building adjacent to Todos Santos Plaza.

This Community Center allows JFK University to grow its capacity to meet the growing demand for low-cost mental health services in the area. The Center is staffed by students in the University’s graduate programs supervised by licensed professionals. The counseling services at the Center are offered on a sliding scale and are more accessible to clients, with the Center’s convenient location near the Concord BART station and several County Connection routes.

At the Center, individuals, couples, and families can receive support in dealing with a wide range of issues, including depression, grief, substance abuse and addiction recovery, school-related problems, and parenting challenges. The Center staff also work with veterans in transitioning back to civilian and home life.

For more than 30 years, JFK University has provided high-quality, affordable outpatient mental health care to individuals and families, who otherwise could not afford these services, at three Bay Area counseling centers in Pleasant Hill, Oakland, and Sunnyvale. Combined, the three counseling centers have served nearly half a million individuals and families. Each year, students in JFK University’s master’s and doctoral psychology degree programs provide more than 20,000 hours of mental health services to Bay Area residents.

The Center is also the new home of the University’s ACT Raising Safe Kids program, which offers trainings and workshops for parents to prevent violence among children before it starts. Over the coming year, the University anticipates expanding the Center’s services to include psychological assessments, health and nutrition counseling, and veterans’ support, to name a few.

On Wednesday, May 18, at 11:30 a.m. there will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Center, sponsored by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Tours of the center will be conducted by students and staff after the event.

About John F. Kennedy University
Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges and Continuing Education division provide innovative higher education opportunities to more than 2,000 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit www.JFKU.edu.

About the National University System
The National University System was established to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. The System is uniquely aligned to connect a diverse population of students to a network of innovative educational programs that are relevant to their lives, careers, and the marketplace and are delivered in a format that respects competing life priorities. Dr. Jerry C. Lee has served as the System’s Chancellor since it was founded in 2001. In addition to John F. Kennedy University, the affiliates of the National University System are National University; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs consisting of National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include the National University System Institute for Policy Research, National University Golf Academy, and the Center for Integrative Health. For more information, visit: www.nusystem.org.

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