St. Joseph's Medical Center Foundation has announced its Community Initiative Grant awards for the first quarter of 2001.
Foundation officials said $1,800 was awarded to The Counseling Center. Gregory Murrey will use the funds to develop a training seminar on the integration of religion/Christian beliefs and psychotherapy for hospital/Counseling Center psychologists, counselors, physicians and other mental health professionals.
The project will bring Dr. Siang-Yang Tan, director of the Doctor Psychology Program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., to Brainerd for this training. Siang-Yang Tan was recently past president of the American Psychological Association Division 36 (religion and psychology).
Also, $13,168 was awarded to Sexual Assault Services. The funds will be used to increase the education coordinator's position from part time to full time. This will allow access to a larger audience with a wide range of topics on prevention, including healthy sexuality, sexual harassment and date rape.
Sexual Assault Services address the specific needs of sexual assault victims. Indicators show Crow Wing County has a higher number of substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect than the Minnesota average, according to the foundation's new release.
In 2000, the foundation awarded $100,701.68 to 12 organizations.
Grant applications for quarterly review in April are due by March 31. Application forms can be obtained by calling 828-7641. Grant proposals must focus on community needs within St. Joseph's service area and be submitted by a non-profit or governmental agency.
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