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Faulk Center for Counseling Provides Mental Health Services to the Community Since 1973

By Elisha Neubauer

Life can be difficult, and sometimes, you have to reach out and ask for help. When you do, you want to make sure you're getting the best care you can get, in a safe, nurturing facility that only has your interest at heart. With a slogan like "The Skill to Heal, the Heart to Care," it is no surprise that Faulk Center for Counseling qualifies as such a facility.

The Faulk Center for Counseling has quite an impressive history. Its namesake, Dr. Elizabeth H. Faulk, was the first woman to graduate from the University of Florida with a PhD in Psychology. She set up a successful practice in the Boca Raton area after graduating but in 1970 decided to set up her own nonprofit, a charitable foundation that provided low-cost and free psychological and mental health consultation to those in need. Of course, she wasn't done yet. Three years later, in 1973, Faulk created the Center for Group Counseling, a service branch of her foundation.

After forty years of servicing the needy, the Center for Group Counseling decided to celebrate its anniversary by launching a new name for the program. In 2013, the Center for Group Counseling became the Faulk Center for Counseling, as a tribute to the impressive woman who kick started the program from the ground up.

"Through our unique service delivery model utilizing doctoral psychology interns, practicum students and community volunteers, we provide free or low-cost mental health services to at-risk, underserved individuals regardless of their ability to pay," explains Ali Rubin, Development and Marketing Manager for the Faulk Center of Counseling. "We offer individual, family, couples, and group counseling and comprehensive psychological testing. In our safe and warm environment, people become empowered to think differently, feel healthier and live happier."

In addition to offering low-cost or free services, the Center concentrates a large section of its resources on the youth of the community. They offer several unique programs that are aimed at ensuring the community's future have access to the same resources and services as the adult residents. The #TeenCope program is an eight-week, semi-structured group for teens (13-18 years old) to learn skills to better regulate their emotions, manage difficult circumstances, and navigate relationships successfully.

Teen Connect is also an eight-week community group where teens (13-18 years old) can come together to work on effectively creating and navigating relationships, however, this program focuses on building self-esteem and interpersonal relationships.

Kid Connect is a program for children aged 7-12 in which they come together to work on effectively creating and navigating relationships by improving communication through role playing; how to start and keep a conversation; problem-solving and conflict resolution strategies; and building self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. All of the aforementioned programs are designed for children who would benefit from improved social skills under the guidance of highly qualified professionals with proven methods and workshops.

"Groups are led by graduate students pursuing doctoral and master's degrees and are co-led by volunteer group leaders," explains Rubin. "All volunteers and graduate students are trained and supervised by the Faulk Center for Counseling's staff of licensed clinical professionals." She continues, stating, "The Faulk Center provides psychological and mental health counseling to people of all ages from children to the elderly, including individual, couples and families plus support groups for specific issues and concerns."

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