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Page 10-Friday, April 17, 1981-The Michigan Doily
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ANIMALSI helps mental patients adjust to re-
entering society. Other Mental Health
settings are at Northville Psychiatric
and Ann Arbor Veterans Ad-
(PG) ministration Hospitals.-,
Psychology junior Susan Karmiole,
RINGO STARR student coordinator for the VA setting,
says the "horrifying" stories the Viet-
BARBARA BACH nam vets have to tell "made a big im-
pact on me." She says she has seen how
the war disrupted their lives, and told of
one gunner who said he would cut off his
son's trigger fingers before he would
send him to war.
OUTREACH HANDICAPPED
PROJECT settings give students ex-
perience working with the mentally and

ct Outreach lends a

physically handicapped. Junior special
education major Ingrid Baad works in
pool therapy at High Point Center,
helping the handicapped develop motor
skills and strengthen muscles.
"Sometimes the kids learn to swim bet-
ter than I can," Baad says.
Each Outreach student pays a $15 lab
fee to provide transportation for those
students in settings like Northville or
High Point. Students working close to
campus either walk, take buses, or use
their own cars.
Students also work with in-
stitutionalized and more severely han-
dicapped patients at the Plymouth Cen-
ter. They tutor learning disabled
children through the Association for
Children with Social and Learning Dif-

ficulties.
AT THE WASHTENAW Adult Day
Care drop-in center for the disabled or
mentally impaired elderly, students
learn about the elderly and their
problems with aging, senility, and
loneliness. Students socialize with the
senior citizens and keep them occupied
with crafts, sing-alongs, and games.
Ann Marie Hebeler, an LSA sophomore,
says this is the first time she's had con-
tact with the elderly, and her
stereotypes of them have dissolved.
Hebeler says she became friends with
a woman confined to a wheelchair, who
cannot talk as a result of a stroke.
"She's still extremely alert," Hebeler
says, "She wants so badly to com-
municate, sometimes she will cry. The
only thing she can say then is, 'I can't
talk.' " Hebeler says Outreach students
are important to the elderly because
they "hold someone's hand, listen to
what they have to say. These people are
crying out to be heard, to feel needed
and wanted," she says.
In 1979, the LSA Executive Commit-
tee became concerned with Outreach's
undergrad supervision and easy credit
reputation, and made changes to make
it more academically structured. The
maximum credit allowance was
reduced from 12 to 6 credits, more
graduate supervision was required, and
the lecture and discussion were added.
The Outreach staff says this has been a
positive change. Aimee Fried, a staff
member who has been in Outreach
eight years, said that the addition of
lectures and discussions has made the
Outreach course a more "rounded-out
experience."
NANCY BAILEY, A freshman nur-
sing student, works with "reality orien-
tation" for elderly residents of Huron
View Lodge. Bailey says she works
with senile residents, trying to make
them aware of who they are, what day
it is, and where they are. She says the
results are discouraging, but she gives
the residents companionship while
learning about the realities of working
in a nursing home.
Project Outreach also offers students
the chance to work in medical health
care settings. In the University
Hospital Emergency Room, students
talk with waiting, anxious family and
friends and keep them posted on the
condition of the injured person. Studen-

ts also socialize with patients at the
University, VA, and Mott Children's
hospitals.
According to the student coordinator
for the Mott Hospital setting, ap-
proximately 340 students signed up for
32 positions in the program. Outreach
Director Ferris attributed the com-
petitiveness of the medical health
programs to an influx of pre-med
students looking for hospital experien-
ce, and said these students are the only
ones selected through a personal inter-
view. But Ferris said there are enough
positions in the other project areas to
fill student demand. A lottery system is
used to place applicants who have com-
pleted the introductory psychology
prerequisite.
STUDENTS ARE NOT allowed to
take two consecutive terms in the same
setting, or more than six Outreach
credits; each setting is worth 2-3
credits. Those wanting to continue
credit in Outreach can become coor-
dinators.
Safe House, a temporary shelter for
battered women and their children, is
the setting for the Domestic Violence
program. Students work as peer coun-
selors for the women or plan activities
for the children. Tracy King, a
sophomore psychology major, says
Safe House is giving her experience in
empathic listening-listening and ex-
pressing support, but not trying to give
solutions or advice. "I'm learning the
answers aren't so neat and pat," as in
textbooks, King says.
At Maxey Boys' Training School, a
setting in the Forensics Psychology
area, students work with repeated
juvenile offenders convicted of
burglary, car theft, or other crimes.
Setting coordinator Chris Kelly, an
LSA junior, describes Maxey as a
minimal security facility similar to a.
small dorm with a school. He says the
institution ,revolves around positive
peer culture, where each boy is
pressured by the others to talk about
himself and his crimes during group
sessions. No one can leave Maxey until
he has permission from every group
member.
LSA FRESHMAN STEVE Pierce
says he helps plan activities for the in-
mates, such as taking \a group to the
movies or roller skating. Kelly says the
boys are usually at their best behavior

hand
because they enjoy the students' visits
and don't want to lose this privilege.
Pierce says, "They're just like every
young kid. At first I thought they'd be
weirdos-then I saw they were nor
mal-and now I also see their in
dividual problems." Students do not
work with inmates who are labeled as
dangerous.
Students also work as Big
Brothers/Sisters with adolescents and
their families in the One-to-One
program. LSA sophomore Bob Kritt
takes 10-year-old Duane to CCRB and to
basketball games. "School pressures 4
get to me, and I find it a great release,
Kritt says.
Peace Neighborhood, an after-school
drop-in center, aims to provide tnder-
privileged minority children with a
safe, loving atmosphere. Students like
Ida Panella, a junior economics major,
help the kids with-their homework and
plan projects such as cooking or crafts,
Panella says the program is "definitely
preventing delinquency." She says
some of the kids have older siblings who
have delinquency records or come fronm
large families that are unable to give
them a lot of attention. "They really
need that attention because where they
come from, it's a dog-eat-dog world,"
Panella says.
PEACE NEIGHBORHOOD DIREC
TOR Marcia Goldner expressed co-
cern over how University budget cuts
could affect Peace Center. "It would be
hard to run our program without the
Outreach students," she says.
Director Ferris says that aone-fourth
cut in Outreach's budget for next year
is likely. She hopes that no major cuts
in programs will have to be made, but
staff salaries will probably be cut.
Ferris says the budget cuts should not
affect the quality of the Outreach
programs and education, but the num-
ber of student spaces available might
be trimmed.
Other students, coordinators, and
agency directors expressed concern.
over future budget cuts for Outreach.
Graduate student Michael Jackson,
coordinator for Huron View Lodge,
says that Outreach "is taken for gran-
ted, and it's one of the few things that
the University spends money on that
actually helps people."
"I HOPE THAT the program doesn't
get cut any more," says Dale Crowfoot,
volunteer director at Corntree child
care center.
Corner Cottage, another center in the
pre-school child care program, is the only
one which also provides infant day
care. Lynn Loesche, a junior in the
School of Education, says working
there "helped me see what my major
is." Corner Cottage also gave her a job
as a staff member for the summer.
Another center participating in
Outreach is Pound House, which is
multi-cultural, serving foreign-born
and University faculty and staff
children.
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