On October 23, 2015, Medaille College President Ken Macur, Ph.D., was joined by Lake Shore Behavioral Health President Howard K. Hitzel, PsyD, to officially open the Medaille Family Counseling Center, a unique collaboration between Lake Shore Behavioral Health and Medaille College. This fully licensed Lake Shore mental health outpatient treatment location also serves as a counselor in training facility for students enrolled in three of Medaille College’s graduate programs — the Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology.

The Medaille Family Counseling Center offers families and individuals evidence-based mental health therapy as well as the opportunity to participate in enhanced treatment through the counselor in training program conducted under the direct supervision of highly experienced and fully licensed Lake Shore staff.

“Thanks to our partnership with Lake Shore Behavioral Health, today we celebrate the opening of the Medaille Family Counseling Center,” says Dr. Macur. “This state-of-the-art facility affords graduate level students in our mental health programs an in-depth, first-hand learning experience that is unparalleled in this community. More importantly, it allows us to truly enrich the educational experience of our students and ultimately, to provide the most highly trained counselors for the Western New York community.”

Dr. Hitzel says the Center “will provide highly educated, well-trained graduates of Medaille’s clinical programs to the local behavioral health job market. Lake Shore and all of our sister organizations have a tremendous need for skilled clinicians who are experienced in the delivery of mental health services and have been supervised in the use of evidenced-based interventions.”

The LSBH Medaille Family Counseling Center provides couples, families, adults and adolescents treatment for a wide variety of mental illnesses such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, family and relationship problems, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Walk-in and same day appointments are available. For information, referrals or appointments call (716) 884-0888 or visit www.lake-shore.org.


Pictured: Pictured, from left: Lake Shore Behavioral Health President Dr. Howard K. Hitzel, Medaille assistant professor Dr. Keith Klostermann, Medaille President Dr. Ken Macur, and Medaille clinical assistant professor Rene Jones.

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