A message from Dr. Beverly Buckles, Dean...
Dear alumni and friends,
As the world continues to struggle with the impact of COVID-19, I wanted to reach out and let you know that all of us here in the School of Behavioral Health (SBH) wish you, your family and friends, and everyone in our communities the best of health and safety during this difficult time.
Along with all of LLU and universities across the country, we have made a number of changes in our academic routines to ensure that our students, faculty, and staff remain safe. Cancellation of the June graduation ceremonies in favor of a safer alternative was one of the first changes. President Hart recently sought the input of graduating student representatives from all of the LLU schools to identify graduation alternatives. A final decision has been made to postpone graduation. It will now occur over the 2020 Labor Day weekend. More specific information about the schedule is forthcoming.
I am so very proud, and I know you would be too, if you could have seen the rapid response of our faculty and staff as they made all the necessary adjustments to convert instruction, supervision, and where possible, practice experiences to online formats. A great deal of creativity and hard work has and continues to be done to ensure that regardless of the format, all of our programs are maintaining the academic quality and clinical excellence for which they are known.
Our students have also stepped up to meet these challenges and are continuing their education through various methods of online instruction, engagement in telehealth outreach, and alternative clinical practice experiences. Where possible and safe, some students have had the option and made the choice (within public health requirements) to maintain their internships and practica experiences at assigned agencies and organizations.
To support YOU, and all the members of our SBH family, we are regularly updating our social media accounts with behavioral health resources and links. We hope you find these useful and invite you to share this information with others. If you are aware of additional resources, don’t hesitate to send that information to Diana Krueger at
, so she can post it on
. I also invite you to send us a video or written message of hope that we can share with the entire SBH family of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community colleagues.
Truly, now more than ever, I realize how fortunate I am—and we all are—to be part of a close-knit community of colleagues supporting each other and our students as we move forward.
Please take care of yourself and your family—stay with hope and seek joy.