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UK Family Center Offering Telemental Health Services

UK Family Center lobby
Pete Comparoni | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 15, 2020) — The Family Center at the University of Kentucky has transformed its services into virtual formats to fit the needs of Kentuckians at this time. Therapists are working virtually from a Zoom account that is HIPAA compliant and secure to conduct scheduled sessions.

The UK Family Center, which is a part of the Department of Family Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is not charging for their services at this time.

“This is our way of helping out the community during this stressful time,” shared Tracey Werner-Wilson, director of the UK Family Center. “We don’t want finances to get in the way of people getting the services that they need to help them get through this tough time.”

Student clinicians have adapted effortlessly to the change, completing 15-hour trainings on telemental health services. The virtual transition has enabled many to take advantage of the format, given that travel time is no longer an obstacle.

“It has been inspiring to see the students, who are also experiencing significant transitions, to remain present and engaged with their clients,” said Nathan Wood, director of the Couple and Family Therapy program.

Anyone within the Commonwealth is eligible for their services. To schedule an appointment, please email ukfamilycenter@uky.edu.​

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