Supporting Pediatric Adjustment and Resilience through Counseling

The Supporting Pediatric Adjustment and Resilience through Counseling (SPARC) Program promotes a behavioral health workforce of professional counselors who specialize in child and adolescent mental behavioral health in the Coastal Bend.

SPARC Program workshops take place from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in room 117 of the O'Connor Building (building 22 on the campus map) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. All are free and are open to students, faculty, and community members.

2017 Schedule | pdf version

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depression workshop

Evidence-Based Treatment Manual

STEADY Depression Manual: Brief Individual CBT Program (link to download - free!)

The SPARC Program provides financial support to masters-level counseling students who are completing their seminal field experiences with children, adolescents, transitional-age youth, and their families. Although funding is only available for masters-level students completing field experience internships, the program activities are designed to leverage SPARC Program resources and maximize use of evidence-supported counseling interventions and best-practices for behavioral health care.

Program goals include:

  1. Address the shortage of culturally diverse and qualified mental health counselors in the state of Texas who specialize in providing services to children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth at risk for developing or who have developed a behavioral health disorder.
  2. Provide evidence-supported and culturally relevant mental health counseling services in Texas to children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth
  3. Provide best practices in counseling services in Texas to at risk children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth at-risk for a behavioral health disorder following the funded period.

Program activities include:

  1. Implement a 6-session training series focusing integrated approaches to behavioral health care using evidence-supported treatments. Each training in the series will include modules featuring:
    • Biological considerations of a specific behavioral health disorder or symptom constellation from a medical professional
    • Considerations for the interaction between nutrition, dietary influence, and symptom presentation
    • Details related to common assessment protocols and reporting from a psychological associate or licensed psychologist
    • Perspectives and possibilities when interacting with K-12 schools and institutions of higher education from a school counselor
    • Complementary and alternative therapies
    • Treatment planning
    • Implementing a culturally-responsive evidence-supported treatment
  2. Expanding network of behavioral health partnerships between TAMUCC and community partners that increases access to services for Hispanic/Latino individuals, families, and communities.

Values of the SPARC Program include:

  1. Culturally-responsive and individualized behavioral health treatment
  2. Integrated approaches to client care featuring collaboration among several health care professionals
  3. Holistic perspectives of development across the lifespan
  4. Experiential approaches to training and supervision among behavioral health professionals
  5. Community enrichment through promotion well-being of individuals, families, and groups

Funding for the SPARC Program is provided by the Health Resources and Service Administration’s Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant.