Navigation Links
New Chicago School of Professional Psychology Forensic Center Opens Doors to the Community
Date:1/30/2009

Practice Arm of the School's Department of Forensic Psychology Dedicates New Facility in the Merchandise Mart

CHICAGO, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is poised to further connect its psychology services to the legal sector and community agencies that interface with the court system thanks to its new Forensic Center, which was formally dedicated at a Merchandise Mart event on January 30.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080228/DC15408LOGO)

As the practice arm of the Forensic Psychology Department, the center brings students together with local organizations on projects that bolster hands-on learning experiences while addressing unmet needs in the community. Students benefit from the opportunity to put classroom instruction into practice in real-world settings that range from the Cook County Department of Juvenile Probation to women's shelters, residential treatment centers, and programs for ex-offenders.

"For nearly three decades, we sent students, faculty, and alumni into the community to lend their skills and compassion to the underserved," said Chicago School President Michael Horowitz in his event remarks to faculty, staff, students, trustees, and community partners. "Now, because of the center, we are inviting the community to our campus and providing services to our neighbors who need help keeping their families together and strong. The Forensic Center is another example of how our campus isn't just in Chicago but of Chicago."

The new home for the Forensic Center is the school's 40,000 square feet of annex space in the Merchandise Mart, which opened last fall. At the heart of the center is the new Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. Utigard and Transwestern Treatment and Observation Room, which supports the center's initiatives including instruction of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). The facility is equipped with a one-way mirror and a separate observation room that will allow the use of a "bug-in-the-ear" communication system to facilitate observation and discreet coaching by therapists to parents as they interact with their children. Because PCIT is empirically based, it carries the endorsement of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services as a recognized model for helping families with a history of abuse. Although it is a therapy that has been shown to be effective with abusive families in several states, few Illinois practitioners have been trained in its use.

The Forensic Center is staffed by Chicago School Forensic Psychology Department faculty, who collectively bring years of experience and expertise to the initiative. Although launched with a single program, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, the center has since expanded to include a wide range of short-term services that address issues of delinquency, child maltreatment, pre- and post-transitional living for offenders, and victim-related trauma. In addition, the center offers professional development and continuing education workshops. The center was developed under the leadership of Dr. Mike Fogel, department chair; Dr. Darlene Perry, executive director; and Dr. Tiffany Masson, director of the center.

"With students working alongside faculty gaining hands-on experience and direct supervision, we have provided psychological services to ex-offenders to address factors that lead to increased rates of recidivism," said Dr. Fogel at the event. "We have provided parent training to individuals working toward reunification with their child or children after a finding of child abuse or neglect. And we have assessed the effectiveness of a high school to college program for youth in care and a life skills program for gang involved youth."

Started in 2002, The Chicago School's M.A. in Forensic Psychology was the first of its kind in the Midwest. Since then, the program has grown to become one of the school's most popular with more than 200 students currently enrolled and more than 300 graduates.

The Forensic Center is the latest example of initiatives introduced by Chicago School faculty and staff to open the campus community to the outside world. Other examples are the Center for International Studies, the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Studies, and the Center for Latino Mental Health.

About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology:

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is the nation's leading nonprofit graduate university exclusively dedicated to the applications of psychology and related behavioral sciences. TCS is an active member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, which has recognized The Chicago School for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The Chicago School's community service initiatives resulted in recognition on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth.

For more information about The Chicago School Forensic Center, visit www.forensiccenter.org.

For more information about The Chicago School, visit www.thechicagoschool.edu.

    CONTACT: Matt Nehmer
    312.329.6672
    mnehmer@thechicagoschool.edu


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Childrens Memorial Hospital in Chicago Announces $100 Million Gift from Philanthropist Ann Lurie
2. Mega Events in September, Including Chicago Event This Sat./Sun., Allow Heart Health Campaign to Reach Tens of Thousands of Hispanics During Cholesterol Awareness Month
3. Chicagoland Psoriasis Event Saturday Will Celebrate First National Short Sleeve Day
4. Randolph Equities to Break Ground on State of the Art Medical Center in Space Starved Near West Chicago Suburbs
5. Leaders in Pathology Meet in Chicago: Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 2007
6. Volkswagen Continues Sponsorship of the Lasalle Bank Chicago Marathon
7. Corporate Fitness Show to Debut in Chicago October 10-13
8. Rosecrance and Chicagos Department of Environment Collaborate to Help Families Dispose of Unwanted Medicines and Drugs
9. Entrepreneur and TV Personality Bill Rancic to Host Mens Health Chicago Urbanathlon on October 20, 2007
10. Research!America Honors Univ. of Chicago Economists for Study Showing Economic Impact of HIV/AIDS Drug Development
11. CRH Medical Corporation opens second clinic in Chicago
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The law firm of Morrow, Morrow, Ryan & Bassett is ... these scholarships is to encourage applicants to pursue a degree in their field of ... parishes. , “We have available jobs in St. Landry and Evangeline Parishes that ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... CDRH Enforcement Trends: , Back to the Future , ... , As Winston Churchill said, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to ... expect when they come knocking this year. But that takes time. , Take a ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... As a ... hectic schedule, a demanding job, and no time to decompress, Rabinowitz found herself drawn ... herself to meditation for its impact on her life, implementing a 20-minute-per-day meditation practice ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital on April 5-7. The series is a ... create new habits. The workshops cover a broad range of topics, including coaching ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... , ... Fisher House Foundation Chairman and CEO Kenneth Fisher joined Governor Brian ... president Scott Bensing, and Peggy Kearns Director, VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System yesterday to ... will be the first Fisher House in Nevada, and will provide free lodging for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... 2016  Sequent Medical, Inc. announced today that it ... the safety and effectiveness of the WEB™ Aneurysm Embolization ... aneurysms.  Prof Laurent Spelle , MD, Head of ... France and Principal Investigator of the CLARYS ... and Germany.  Although patients with ruptured aneurysms ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... and SEOUL, South Korea ... Biosys­tems Menarini and Macrogen, Inc. today announced they ... and innovative procedures for precision medicine in cancer. ... Silicon Biosystems, DEPArray™ digital-sorting technology with Macrogen,s high-throughput ... tests certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... MILTON, Ontario , Feb. 12, 2016  Aralez ... specialty pharmaceutical company, today announced the Company will ring the ... Square, New York at 4:00 ... the formation of Aralez. Adrian Adams ... will be held 3:50 to 4:00 p.m. ET.  A ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: