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The Psychological Clinic: Child and Adolescent Services

Housed in the Department of Psychology, the Psychological Clinic provides psychological services to residents of Centre County and the surrounding area, with a special focus on services to children, adolescents, and families. It is also the primary location for the training of graduate students in our nationally-recognized doctoral training program in Clinical Psychology, including the specialty child-clinical training track.

Providing mental health services

The Clinic is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as an Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic and accepts referrals from individuals and community agencies. It is a contracted service provider for Centre County's Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities/Early Intervention and Drug & Alcohol Program, serving as a local mental health center for State College and the surrounding central Pennsylvania communities.

Comprehensive psychological services are provided to children, youth, and their families, including neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment; individual and group parent management training; marital and family counseling; individual cognitive-behavioral therapy; and group social skills training. In addition, consultation services are provided to schools and mental health facilities in the surrounding communities.

Training child-clinical psychologists

Penn State supports specialized training in child-clinical psychology, with an interdisciplinary focus that emphasizes developmental processes, family and peer relationships, cultural contributions, and ecological factors that affect social-emotional development and mental health outcomes. This training program ranks in the top ten nationally. In the Psychological Clinic and CSC Training Institute, child-clinical doctoral training is characterized by an empirically-based, developmentally-informed, and ecological model of practice, with a particular focus on prevention and treatment for children and adolescents in the context of their families and schools.

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