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COPE Clinic Relocates to South Oxford Center

COPE offers counseling services for the LOU Community at the South Oxford Center. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services.

The University of Mississippi’s Counselor Education Clinic for Outreach and Personal Enrichment has moved to a new location at UM’s South Oxford Center.

Previously housed at the university’s Insight Park, COPE moved to the former Baptist Medical Center-North Mississippi facility because of a need for more space. Part of the UM School of Education, COPE offers mental health counseling services for children, adolescents, college students and adults.

COPE is open noon to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

“It’s as though the space was built for us”, said Alexandria Kerwin, COPE clinic coordinator and assistant professor of counselor education. “In addition to serving UM students, we also provide services to the community. The location makes us more accessible to the public.”

The clinic also trains master’s and doctoral students enrolled in the university’s counselor education program.

“We are excited about COPE’s new location,” said Mandy Perryman, associate professor and coordinator of counselor education. “As our students become counselors-in-training, they have a wonderful facility to use.

“There are several spacious counseling rooms and playrooms, as well as offices and a conference room. Clients can easily find us and park without any trouble.”

COPE has grown significantly in scope since opening in 2015 and recently experienced an influx of referrals. The clinic serves for the benefit and convenience of the community and sets its fees on a sliding scale, based on income. Ole Miss students can use the clinic free of charge.

“With the sliding scale fee system, COPE is able to serve a variety of clients, many with limited resources,” Perryman said. “This helps us meet the counseling needs of our community while training our students to be effective within a diverse society.”

Parking at the new location is free. An on-demand van service is available by calling 662-915-7235 at least 30 minutes before one’s pickup time.

Pickup takes place on the south side of the South Oxford Center, under the canopy. The drop-off and pickup point on campus will be at Kennon Observatory. The service runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

For more information, visit http://cope.olemiss.edu/ or contact the clinic at 662-915-7197 or by email at cope@olemiss.edu.

By Sara G. McAlister

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