Make a Difference

Despite having among the highest rates of mental health challenges in the nation, Nevada suffers from a critical lack of available services. The PRACTICE, a UNLV community mental health training clinic, addresses this urgent issue, providing exemplary training in best practice care so that clinical and school psychology, and mental health counseling graduate students can direct their skills to help those in need.

Since opening in 2012, we have provided 15,000 hours of service and trained more than 140 next-generation professionals. Among the services provided are psychological assessment, telemental health, and individual psychotherapy.

We also boast a dynamic group psychotherapy program, which is a model of training for specialty certification. The PRACTICE’s interdisciplinary training model is the only one of its kind in Nevada and has been responsive to community needs, serving rural communities as well as the urban center of Las Vegas, including in the days following 1 October.

Giving Now

Giving now will support our top funding priorities and help ensure the success and growth of UNLV’s community mental health training clinic.

  • Postdoctoral and post-masters clinical positions: After graduating with a Ph.D. in clinical psychology or a M.A. in mental health counseling a student must complete additional supervised training before they can become licensed. There are very few of these positions available in Southern Nevada, so many students leave Nevada never to return. Post-degree positions at The PRACTICE aim to recruit and retain quality early career psychologists and professional counselors who will stay in our communities. These early career professionals also provide additional supervision for current students at the clinic, and see patients, thereby decreasing the waiting list of those seeking treatment.
  • Undergraduate/graduate stipends: Since school is only in session only from August through May, summer help is crucial at The PRACTICE. Mental health needs don’t follow an academic calendar, and by offering summer funding to both undergraduate and graduate students, it allows the clinic to serve the community and train students year-round.
  • Assessment tests: Every few years, psychological assessment tests change- which is an added expense to The PRACTICE’s operational budget. With these tests costing anywhere from $10,000 and up to replace, the budget can be drained very quickly. Funds allocated to purchase up-to-date tests relieve a burden to the clinic’s operational budget and allow instead for funds to support more students.
  • "Scholarships": While The PRACTICE attempts to work with every client’s budget, our services are still out of reach for some. Gifts to The PRACTICE provide assistance to low income clients seeking psychotherapy or assessment.