The University of Louisville is sending psychologists into the city's poorest community in the face of drugs, domestic abuse and some unimaginable trauma. West Louisville, once known for being rich in family, is now plagued by poverty, broken homes and high crime.
Dr. Eugene Foster runs the Cardinal Success program, a new counseling clinic open to anyone in west Louisville for FREE. The Cardinal Success Program is designed to bring access to quality counseling and psychology services to underserved members of the community, & is committed to building healthy communities by helping individuals and families through improved access to mental health and wellness services, counseling, and career and college readiness services. Services include mental health therapy, counseling for grief and loss and post traumatic stress. With Foster, a team of U of L graduate and doctoral students handle the day-to-day patient care.
"We're preparing the next generation of counselors and psychologists," Eugene said in an interview with the Courier-Journal. "It's a win-win situation. We don't have to charge residents of the community, and we can give a real, quality training experience."
The Academy at Shawnee piloted the Cardinal Success Program last school year and the university hopes to mirror this success at the new clinic at The Nia Center.
For more information you can contact the center at (502) 852-3888.