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2 LHU professors are approved Give an Hour providers

Give an HourLock Haven University professors, Dr. Nicole Arcuri, clinical mental health counseling program assistant professor and Dr. Kristin Vincenzes, clinical mental health counseling program director and assistant professor, are both approved Give an Hour providers.

Give an Hour was created in 2005 with a focus on providing free mental health care to active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, veterans, and their families. In 2016, they expanded their efforts to address those with mental health needs in other populations, according to the organization’s website.

“Give an Hour is a wonderful way for community members and licensed providers to give back to our service members and their families,” Vincenzes said. “It is an honor to provide pro bono therapeutic services to these brave men, women, and their families.”

Vincenzes has been volunteering for Give an Hour for two years and Arcuri since September. The two are licensed professional counselors, who provide pro bono counseling services to active military, veterans, and their families via phone, video, or face-to-face.

“I feel privileged to serve those who serve,” Arcuri said. “As I understand just how many sacrifices these families across the years make to safeguard what many of us call home. A great deal of barriers and stigma are associated with mental health treatment for this specific population. Being able to address this head on and offer services allows for the possibility of counteracting such realities.”

Arcuri and Vincenzes also offer pro bono support services to natural disaster and tragedy victims, including anyone who currently resides in any of the areas impacted by hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

In order to become an approved provider for the program, you must be a licensed mental health professional willing to volunteer time free of charge, but other volunteer opportunities also are available. “If someone is not a licensed professional, Give an Hour is still looking for organizational volunteers to help share informational resources about the program in their communities,” Vincenzes said.

For more information about the Give an Hour program, visit giveanhour.org.

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