Recently, Perry Wellness Center welcomed two special guests to its campus. Lauren Burge, from Americus, and Andrea Villalta, from Albany, are two seniors nursing students at Georgia Southwestern State University. They were here as part of their senior mental health experience. Lauren and Andrea join a long series of nursing students who have received orientation at PWC, an experience that is also an opportunity for the center to provide helpful information to future health care providers.
Tour director Rhonda Hubbard provided a walk through the campus, as she shared information about the various programs and campus features. Afterward, the two nursing students attended ongoing group sessions, including a Double-Trouble group for individuals in recovery form both mental health and substance abuse problems.
After lunch, Lauren and Andrea met with Jeff Williams, project director, to hear about his future design concepts for the campus. “Perry Wellness Center is dear to me,” Jeff noted. “I enjoy my work here as we find solutions for this corner of the world.”
The duo seemed impressed and enthused about what they had seen and learned throughout the day. “I am so excited to find this place and experience the friendship and winning spirit of the peers and staff,” Lauren exclaimed.
Her fellow nursing student joined in. “This information is great for peers and for visitors. It was a learning experience for me and should make each of us better resolve any conflicts,” Andrea said.
As always, Perry Wellness Center welcomes visits from current and future health professionals. The peer recovery model we use is still unfamiliar to many, but sharing its success may encourage others to listen more closely to the individuals they serve.
In the above photo, Jeff Williams is flanked by nursing students Lauren Burge, left, and Andrea Villalta, right.