Child Therapy Clinic

The Widener Child Therapy Clinic, established in 2011 by the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, 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.

Directed and closely supervised by Assistant Professors of Clinical Psychology Dr. Michael Cassano and Dr. Mary Rourke, clinic services are provided by advanced 4th and 5th year psychology doctoral students. Services include diagnostic assessment of and delivery of therapy to children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds, with an emphasis on providing care that is:

  • Culturally sensitive and ecologically valid, and inclusive of the multiple systems in which children live and develop. Sensitive to the developmental changes and transitions that children and families navigate.
  • Adherent to a best practices model, drawing from empirically supported treatments, and an array of theoretical orientations.

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 family ability to participate meaningfully in 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.

As of October 2012, the Widener Child Therapy Clinic will be located on the Widener University campus, at the corner of 17th and Walnut Streets. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 610-499-1204.