TYLER, Texas (KETK) – East Texas Baptist University recently received a $100,000 grant from the East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Foundation. This marks the third year the university has received grant funds from ETMC to help meet the growing need for mental healthcare in Smith County and the greater East Texas region.

As we continue to grow and develop our ETBU-Tyler campus center, East Texas Baptist is grateful for the ETMC Foundation and their continued partnership in meeting the mental health needs of the East Texas region. The ETMC Foundation’s support over the last few years has been crucial to the growth of ETBU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and the increase in clients that the Community Counseling Center at ETBU-Tyler has been able to serve.

ETBU President J. Blair Blackburn

ETBU opened the Community Counseling Center in 2020 at the ETBU-Tyler followed by a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in 2021. The total number of students enrolled in the program at the Marshall and Tyler campuses has doubled since 2019 as a result of the additional ETBU-Tyler campus.

Both the counseling center and classes for the MA program are designed with working professionals in mind, featuring flexible evening and online courses. The University’s two-pronged approach enables ETBU to address current needs for mental healthcare while providing for the growing demand for additional qualified and trained Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) in the mental health field.

In a post-COVID world, the mental health needs of all ages have become more acute. This investment by the ETMC Foundation provides care for the needs of people today and increases the capacity for more licensed counselors in the future.”

Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Sanders

The ETMC Foundation is a private foundation created by the sale of the East Texas Medical Regional Healthcare system to Ardent Health Services in 2018. To learn more about the graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling program or for counseling services information, contact Dr. Terri Howe, Assistant Professor of Counseling and Director of Counseling Care Center, 903.923.2383 or thowe@etbu.edu.