practicum participants

New clinical practicum benefits students, community members

Beginning this semester, speech language pathologist (SLP) Kathy Rigley-Rowell, along with three SLP graduate students and one undergraduate SLP student, initiated a clinical practicum experience at WMU Senior Day Services.

Sign of recovery

Social work faculty member, student intern start Wellness and Recovery group

Dr. Jennifer Harrison, social work faculty member and Behavioral Health Services clinician, along with a MSW student intern, have launched a new recovery group. The Wellness and Recovery group is for adults at any stage of readiness who are working to make changes to enhance their wellness and recovery. The group meets every Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Book Cover Image

WMU OT clinic coordinator, alumni revise essential OT text

Developmental and Functional Hand Grasps is a popular text for occupational therapists and OT students, published in 2002 by Sandra Edwards, WMU OT professor emerita, along with WMU OT alumni, Donna Gallen and Jenna McCoy-PowlenDr. Michelle Suarez, associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Unified Clinics OT coordinator, joined the authors in working on the book's second edition, which is now set for a March release.

Dr. Jennifer Harrison

Behavioral Health Services clinician receives Global Engagement Award

Dr. Jennifer Harrison, assistant professor in the School of Social Work and Behavioral Health Services clinician has received a 2018 Global Engagement Award. The award, given annually by the Haenicke Institute for Global Education to recognize contributions to the global engagement of the university and to its students, faculty and staff; to our knowledge and understanding of global affairs; and/or to communities and stakeholders locally or abroad.

Clinician and student with a child

Autism Evaluation Center Accepting New Referrals

The Western Evaluation Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (WECAN), part of the Unified Clinics at Western Michigan University is accepting new referrals. The clinic is the only Approved Autism Evaluation Center in southwest Michigan. The diagnostic team uses an interprofessional, collaborative approach to examine a child’s skills, development and behavior while offering comprehensive, interdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations for autism spectrum disorder. Physician referral is required for a diagnostic evaluation through WECAN.

Student working with pre-K child

New Program Targets Pre-K Kids

The Occupational Therapy Clinic, part of the Unified Clinics at WMU, recently introduced a program for children ages 4-5. KG Bound Kids is a kindergarten readiness program that runs for 12 weeks meeting once per week. Capacity is 16 children each session and costs $120 for the semester.