New behavioral clinic to support children who've experienced tra

New behavioral clinic to support children who've experienced traumatic events

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

There's a new way for children in the Lubbock community who've gone through traumatic events to get care.

The clinic focuses on bridging the gap between the hospital visits and full recovery. UMC representatives describe it as a chance to change the medical dynamic. 

Texas Tech University and the UMC Health System are launching a behavioral health clinic. It'll provide psycho-education due to medical trauma as well as assessment and support groups. The therapists will treat children with medical problems, depression and anxiety. A large focus will be on grief, loss and family violence.

"We are excited to be able to offer that more comprehensive care for kids suffering from a variety of chronic illnesses," said Jason Van Allen, adjunct professor at Texas Tech's Department of Psychological Sciences. "As well as psychological disorders and things that have impacted them."

Children do not have to be UMC patients to attend this clinic. The clinic will officially open on August 1st, staff members are already scheduling appointments.

 

 

 

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