About the Clinic

Owings-McQuaggue Hall

The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic is the service, training, and research center of the Counseling Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology. Services are provided by graduate students in counseling psychology under the close supervision of program faculty members. We are located in Owings-McQuagee Hall on the University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus.

Appointments

All services are provided by appointment only. To schedule an appointment or obtain more information about our services, call 601-266-4601. If you are not able to reach a receptionist directly, you can leave a confidential message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. Except for minors, appointments are generally made only for the caller. However, we will be glad to provide any caller with information about our services.

Fees

As a community service, we offer our services at affordable rates. There is a $10 charge for the initial interview session. After this interview, our Case Assignment Team determines whether the services available at the Clinic are an appropriate fit for you. A counselor will then contact you to schedule the requested service or refer you to another agency if we are unable to meet your needs. Fees for counseling services range from $10 to $35 per session and are based on family income. Fees for assessment services are based on the nature of the evaluation and the amount of time typically required to complete such an evaluation. General mental health, substance use, and vocational assessments generally cost between $50 and $150.

Insurance Coverage: The Clinic operates on a cash basis. Payment is expected at the time services are rendered. We do not accept direct assignment of Medicare, Medicaid, or other insurance benefits, nor can we bill insurance companies directly. Most insurance providers do not reimburse clients for services provided by students, trainees, interns, or other unlicensed individuals.

Confidentiality

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Privacy Act of 1996, the Clinic is required to protect the privacy of client information (see notice_of_privacy_practices.pdf). For purposes of supervision, counseling and/or assessment sessions are recorded. However, recordings are used only for training/supervision purposes, are used only within the strict guidelines of professional ethics, and will be erased or destroyed when no longer necessary.