ECU Opens PASS Clinic: Providing Low Cost Behavioral, Health Services to Community
East Carolina University faculty, staff, students and the broader Greenville community now have more options for seeking low-cost specialty health services. The ECU doctoral health psychology program, housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology, has officially announced the opening of the new ECU Psychological Assessment and Specialty Services Clinic, also known as the PASS Clinic.
Directed by Dr. Tony Cellucci, the PASS Clinic is as much a training facility as it is a public health clinic. ECU doctoral students, under the supervision of licensed psychologists, get hands-on training while providing services at the clinic. The clinic offers patients both short and long-term treatments in the areas of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, healthy weight management, smoking cessation services and women’s health services. Both the healthy weight services and smoking cessation services are NCFLEX approved.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a short-term, evidence-based treatment approach available to adults who suffer from emotional disorders, including anxiety, depression and stress. Cognitive-behavioral therapy also is available for individuals interested in reducing their drinking, or who wish to abstain from alcohol or drugs.
Healthy weight services are available to children, adolescents, adults and families who struggle with weight management. This program is not a diet program but provides evidence-based treatment that focuses on making small, non-restrictive lifestyle changes that result in maintained weight loss, and addresses the thoughts, behaviors and emotional factors that contribute to weight gain. Group and individual treatment services are available, along with short-term treatment or long-term follow-up care.
Smoking cessation services are available to individuals interested in reducing or stopping the use of tobacco and nicotine. The program offers a component to help prevent weight gain often associated with smoking cessation. In addition, with the nicotine replacement therapy, Dr. Marian Swinker at the Office of Prospective Health offers an evaluation and prescriptions for nicotine replacement therapy.
Women’s health services provide confidential therapy to individual women, or couples, who are experiencing personal stress or mental health issues. Concerns addressed may include stress, depression, anxiety, PTSD, or coping with relationships, fertility or chronic pain.