Department of Psychology at Illinois State University

Child/Adolescent Intervention Services

Two types of child and adolescent intervention services are offered at the Psychological Services Center (PSC) at Illinois State: clinic-based and classroom-based intervention.

Clinic-based intervention involves individual counseling for students with troubling behaviors or concerns. These students are referred for treatment by a parent, school representative, physician, social service agency, or as a result of an evaluation by the PSC. Depending upon the situation, counseling sessions may be conducted at the PSC or at a student's school.

Classroom-based intervention usually involves addressing a focal concern within a classroom group. Typically, topics covered are social/communication skills with classmates or compliance with teacher directions. Occasionally, there is a tragedy such as a sudden death that impacts a large number of students and is best addressed in a group setting with a health care provider. All classroom-based interventions are delivered either by a psychology graduate student clinician, a teacher together with a PSC graduate student clinician, or a teacher in consultation with a PSC graduate student clinician. To receive assistance, a school staff member initiates contact with the PSC.

The standard fee for counseling at the PSC is $30 per session. Insurance benefits typically do not apply at psychology graduate student training facilities. Interest in a PSC service is most welcome and appreciated. Contact the PSC by e-mail or call (309) 438-5629 if you have any questions or to make a referral.

PSC Clinicians

"The PSC is a positive setting to get family members together in a kid-friendly environment where they see it is okay to get counseling." "I was able to help a little girl become more comfortable with telling her parent how she was feeling so that she no longer holds everything inside. She can express what she needs." "I am so excited about the counseling opportunities that are available; I could do it all day long; this is where my heart is at."