For 15 years the University of Louisiana Monroe Marriage & Family Therapy Clinic has been an essential partner with the Fourth Judicial District Juvenile Drug Court. Judge Sharon Marchman of the Fourth District presides over the juvenile drug court.
May was National Drug Court Month and Marchman recognized the contributions of the M&FT Clinic at a program and reception Wednesday, May 29, at ULM.
The JDC began in 2005 thanks to the work of a planning committee led by Marchman which included ULM professor and Interim Director of the School of Allied Health Dr. Jana Sutton.
“By October of 2005 we were starting, we had our doors open. That would not have happened without the involvement of Dr. Sutton and Dr. Mitchell Young,” Marchman said. Young is a former M&FT faculty member.
ULM was awarded the JDC counseling contract which Marchman said, “ … made so much sense because all the youth we are involved with come from a family of some sort. Having people with expertise in marriage and family therapy was incredibly important because we were treating the whole child and the whole family.”
Sutton and Dr. Steven Siconolfi, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, accepted a plaque of appreciation from Marchman.