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Clinical Services

Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic

The mission of the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic is to increase access to mental health care for PreK-12 students, educators, and school staff. We work with Iowa PreK-12 school districts, Area Education Agencies (AEAs), and Iowa mental health systems to provide crisis services and mental health support.

The Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic is not a 24/7 crisis service, and our phone and email messages are not monitored for crisis response. If this is an emergency or someone is in imminent danger, please call 911 and/or go to the nearest Emergency Department.

Services Offered

We offer short-term individual counseling services to K-12 students and school staff. Short-term counseling is appropriate for addressing specific goals and, if needed, offering short-term support as the client prepares to transition to a longer-term mental health provider. In an effort to serve clients who face barriers to accessing mental health resources, we have organized individual counseling slots as followed:


Bridge Services

Short-term individual counseling for clients while they are waiting to get connected to their long-term provider.


Rural Services

Short-term individual counseling for clients who live in rural Iowa and do not have access to local mental health providers.


Time-Sensitive Services

Short-term individual counseling for clients who have experienced a recent crisis.



Athlete Wellness Group

Athlete Wellness Group

Coming soon!


Educator Resiliency Group

Educator Resiliency Group

Coming soon!


UP-C Group

UP-C Group

Coming soon!


Interpersonal Effectiveness Group

Interpersonal Effectiveness Group

Coming soon!



Post-Crisis Debriefing and Support

On-site individual and/or group crisis debriefing and support for K-12 students and school staff following a sudden death or natural disaster.


Individual Post-Crisis Support

Short-term individual support for K-12 students and school staff needing additional intervention following participation in school crisis debriefing and support services.


Crisis Team Debriefing

Virtual peer consultation, debriefing, and support for school-based crisis teams following a school crisis event.

Helpful Information

OUR STAFF

Staff Clinicians

Alissa Doobay
Director of Clinical Services,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Clinical Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology,
College of Education
Taylor Ford
Assistant Director of Clinical Services and Crisis Response,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
Adjunct Instructor,
University of Iowa School of Social Work
Jamie Elizalde
Licensed Psychologist,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
Clinical Associate Professor,
Department of Psychiatry
Liz Gleason
Resource and Referral Coordinator,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
Ryan Kidder
Social Worker,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
Sam McVancel PhD
School Psychologist,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
Kelly Vinquist
Clinical Psychologist,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Clinical Associate Professor,
Department of Psychiatry

Support Staff

Jeff Knock
Administrative Services Specialist,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic

Student Clinicians

Anna Holowicki
Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Workforce Expansion Trainee,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program,
University of Iowa
Jessica Pauley
Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program,
University of Iowa
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Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program,
University of Iowa
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Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program,
University of Iowa
Kaitlin Poock
Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Master of Social Work Program,
University of Iowa
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Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program,
University of Iowa
Monee' Turner
Higher Education Graduate Assistant,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program,
University of Iowa

Contact the Clinic

Address:
400 Plaza Centre One
125 S. Dubuque Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Disclaimer

The information and resources contained on this website are for informational purposes and are not intended to assess, diagnose, or treat any medical and/or mental health condition. The information obtained from this site is not a substitute for medical or mental health care. This website includes links to other websites for informational and reference purposes only. The Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic does not endorse or guarantee the services or information described or offered at these other websites.