UC San Diego Launches New Program To Attract Students To Mental Health Career

By Kenny Goldberg | KPBS: The U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration estimates the country needs to add 10,000 mental health professionals by the year 2025 to meet the growing demand for mental health care. To help fill some of that gap, UC San Diego is launching a new program that will let psychology majors do a clinical rotation through the School of Medicine. With the help of a licensed clinical social worker, psychology students will screen patients who are coming to the clinic for mental health care.

Students will also get a chance to take part in some research.

The program is a collaboration between UC San Diego’s department of psychology and the department of psychiatry at the School of Medicine.

Nancy Downs, professor of psychiatry, helped design the program. She hopes it will attract more students to the field.



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