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NMSU Counseling Center presents internationally recognized psychologist

The New Mexico State University Counseling Center will host internationally acclaimed psychologist and trainer, Michael D. Yapko, for a two-day clinical training for interested mental health workers Oct. 27 and 28 at the Corbett Center Student Union.


s a clinical psychologist and marriage and family therapist. He is recognized for his work on the active treatment of depression, the use of clinical hypnosis and his advancement of the use of outcome-focused, short-term psychotherapy.

Participants in the seminars will learn brief and effective interventions for working with depressed individuals and how to assist clients in new effective coping patterns.

On Monday, Oct. 27, Yapko will discuss "Brief Therapy Approaches to Treating Depression." Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the program will start at 9 a.m.

Yapko will discuss "Treating Depression with Hypnosis," Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 8:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. Both programs will be held in the Corbett Center Student Union Senate Chambers located on the third floor.

An application has been submitted to qualify the training for Continuing Education Units.

Interested clinical social workers, counselors, psychologists and other mental health workers can register for the seminar by calling (505) 646-2731. The cost for each day is $139 and includes a luncheon. Space is limited, so reservations are required.

According to Yapko, depression is the No. 1 mental health issue in the country, affecting nearly 19 million individuals every year.

"Depression is the most recurring problem at the NMSU Counseling Center, which is a regular statistic on college campuses around the nation," said John Irvine, director of the Department of Counseling and Student Development.

Irvine said depression can be treated, but can prove deadly if allowed to progress.

According to the Jed Foundation, a non-profit public charity committed to reducing the young adult suicide rate and improving mental health support provided to college students nationwide, suicide rates have tripled since 1970 and suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

The NMSU Counseling Center employs seven professional staff members and six doctoral students. NMSU students are not charged for the services and all information remains confidential. The Counseling Center is located in Garcia Annex Room 100.