Okinawa International University Students attend seminar at MCCS Behavioral Health Center

by Lance Cpl. Savannah Mesimer
Marine Corps Installations Pacific

The seminar was held to inform the students about programs that are offered to United States service members and their families. Those services include behavioral health resources, Family Advocacy Program and the Substance Abuse Counseling Center.

“It’s really important for these students to come here because the Japanese society is not as advanced in behavioral health studies, we don’t have these resources so easily available to us,” said Maki Takahashi, an administrative specialist at the MCCS Substance Abuse Counseling Center.

Throughout the day students had time to visit various sites to receive a more in-depth depiction of the services available and their specific functions.

“I chose to come to this seminar today because I wanted to learn about the Family Advocacy Program,” said Ryuki Yamaguchi, a second year student at Okinawa International University. “I would recommend this seminar to anyone who plans to be a social worker in Okinawa and I hope I get to come back next year.”

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