The clinic offers an array of services to the University community, as well as to the larger community and region. These services include intelligence and neuropsychological assessment; psychological testing; attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder assessments; and learning disability assessment. In addition, the clinic provides individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults; marital/ couples and family therapy; and child management and parenting assistance.
Some clients will not be an appropriate match for services at the PSWC and a referral is necessary to a more suitable agency. Clients/situations the PSWC is not equipped to serve include:
- persons who are actively suicidal
- persons requiring 24-hour crisis management
- persons requiring imminent psychiatric hospitalization
- persons who are not stabilized on psychotropic medications
- persons requiring extensive interagency case management
- persons who require assessment to be used in legal matters
- persons whose difficulties do or are likely to involve legal matters
- persons whose primary problem is alcohol or other drug use
persons whose difficulties do or are likely to involve legal matters
Graduate student clinicians, under the direct clinical supervision of licensed psychologist faculty members, provide virtually all of the services offered through the clinic. As a result, the clinic is able to provide services at a dramatically reduced rate than would be charged in the private practice community. However, class schedules, training issues, and other challenges within an academic setting may limit the clinic's ability to address all requests for services.
The Ohio University Psychology and Social Work Clinic recognizes that the therapeutic relationship is built on trust, and confidentiality is of the utmost importance in building and maintaining that trust. The Clinic provides the highest levels of professional standards regarding confidentiality as specified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health, state and federal laws, and the Codes of Ethics of the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers.
The PSWC is committed to protecting the privacy of client information, and as such we are compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Clients will receive a copy of our Notice of Privacy Practices when they present for their first appointment.
Clinical research is an integral part of the PSWC mission. Research projects are designed to investigate and enhance the effectiveness of clinical assessments and interventions, and to contribute to knowledge about mental health issues more generally. When there are research projects being run through the PSWC, you may be asked to participate if you meet the protocol criteria. Although we encourage you to participate, you are not under any pressure to do so and services are not contingent upon your participation. If you choose to participate, you will sign a consent form to that effect. All research materials are kept confidential and coded to protect your anonymity.
Psychology and Social Work Clinic
002 Porter Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-4790 (Fax)