One of Pro Bono Counseling Project’s seven special programs is CHAI (Counselors Helping [South] Asian and Indians). Founded in 2001 as an independent organization, CHAI is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of South Asian communities in Maryland and to reducing the stigma that is sometimes associated with mental illness. In 2017, CHAI joined with PBCP, and, as one of PBCP’s special programs, has continued to provide education, resources, […]
The Pro Bono Counseling Project family was saddened to learn that long-time volunteer and former board member, Joyce M. L. Harrison, LCSW-C, has passed away. Judy DeVito, a current board member who served alongside Joyce shared, “I will remember Joyce as a caring, thoughtful, and intelligent person who always brought insight and common sense to whatever issues we wrestled with on the board.”
As a volunteer, Joyce provided over 100 hours […]
Research has shown that sharing meals together can have many positive effects on one’s health—for example, increased life expectancy, improved mental health and cognitive status, decreased high blood pressure, and lower feelings of depression and loneliness, among many others. For older adults, sharing meals can be an especially important component of overall health and wellness. Older adults who frequently eat alone are at a fifty-nine percent higher risk of physical […]
On Friday, June 14, 2019, the Pro Bono Counseling Project participated in a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event at the Baltimore County Public Library in Randallstown, MD. Along with about a dozen other community and state-wide organizations present, PBCP representatives met with clinicians, human service professionals, potential clients, and community members who all share in the concern and care for Maryland seniors and their caregivers. We were honored also […]
In keeping with our mission and vision of expanding access to mental health care and resources and promoting open dialogue about mental health issues, the Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP) took part recently in a mental wellness fair hosted by Bollman Bridge Elementary School in Savage, Maryland.
About one hundred parents and children participated in the BBES Wellness Resource Fair on Monday, May 13, 2019. Alongside PBCP, over a dozen community […]
Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP) Executive Director Amy Greensfelder was recently invited to speak at NAMI Metro Baltimore‘s annual symposium for faith leaders. NAMI and PBCP both recognize that faith communities are at the frontlines of noticing the signs of mental health concerns, and that faith leaders play an important role destigmatizing mental health and connecting people to appropriate resources. Members of faith communities share with each other when […]
On Wednesday, March 13, the Pro Bono Counseling Project (PBCP) hosted a workshop, “Cultural Competence and Working with Interpreters”, at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia, MD. Kelly Macias, PhD, from Cross Cultural Communications, led the program for over 50 mental health clinicians. Attendees received 6 CE credits for attendance.
Dr. Macias led attendees through topics ranging from the need of […]
Since our founding in 1991, the Pro Bono Counseling Project has been dedicated to improving access to mental health care in Maryland by matching individuals in need of help with qualified volunteer clinicians and other vital resources.
Essential to that mission is maintaining our ability to connect with people, whether they are seeking care, looking to volunteer, or simply trying to learn more about PBCP, in a modern way. That’s why […]
For over fifteen years, the independent nonprofit organization CHAI (Counselors Helping South Asians and Indians) was dedicated to serving the mental health needs of South Asian communities throughout Maryland. Taking a holistic approach, CHAI sought to combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues among this population while improving access to education, resources and care for those who need it. Since the spring of 2017, this mission has continued as a […]
The phones are always busy at the Pro Bono Counseling Project, where inside, officials at a small office in Towson are matchmakers of sorts. They pair people unable to afford mental health services with licensed professionals.