Widener Child Therapy Clinic
The Widener Child Therapy Center (WCTC) is a community-based training clinic that specializes in the treatment of mental health problems in childhood and adolescence, with a particular specialty in the implementation of evidence-based services to underserved populations.
In addition, WCTC clinicians assess systemic factors that support and undermine families' abilities to engage in treatment, designing and implementing a treatment-engagement plan to bolster participation in meaningful ongoing treatment.
The team also works to identify resources (e.g., medical, legal, economic) available to families, and works with families to connect them with those resources, as needed.
Directed and closely supervised by clinical psychology faculty members Dr. Michael Cassano and Dr. Mary Rourke, clinic services are provided by advanced 4th- and 5th-year psychology doctoral students.
Services include diagnostic assessment and delivery of therapy to children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds presented with a range of common concerns including:
- ADHD, behavior problems, aggression
- Learning disabilities and executive functioning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety
- Coping with medical illness
- Family conflict
The Widener Child Therapy Clinic is engaged in a number of applied research projects designed to evaluate the use of empirically supported treatments with diverse and underserved populations.