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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 post-crisis services and mental health support.

In preparation for summer, beginning April 1, the SCSMH Clinic will only accept new individual short-term counseling referrals for clients aged 14 and older. We will continue to accept new referrals for educators throughout the summer. We will resume accepting new referrals for students aged 10+ in August 2024.

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

In preparation for summer, beginning April 1, the SCSMH Clinic will only accept new individual short-term counseling referrals for clients aged 14 and older. We will continue to accept new referrals for educators throughout the summer. We will resume accepting new referrals for students aged 10+ in August 2024. 

We offer virtual short-term individual counseling services to students aged 10+ and PreK-12 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:


Rural Services

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


Barrier Services

Short-term individual counseling for individuals facing barriers to accessing mental health services


Bridge Services

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

SPACE Group

strengthen your parenting skills to better support your child’s anxious emotions

Accepting New Referrals

Where: Online

When: July 8th – August 26th; Mondays from 12 – 1 p.m.

Who: Parents/caregivers of Iowa K-12 students who have anxious emotions or OCD

Interested in Participating?

In a free 8-week online skill-building program, Iowa-based parents/caregivers will learn how to help their child or teen manage anxiety, OCD, and other related disorders by changing their own behaviors.

SPACE stands for Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions and is a parent-based treatment program developed by Dr. Eli Lebowitz at the Yale Child Study Center.

This program empowers parents/caregivers to respond to their child or teen with acceptance and confidence. Parents/caregivers will acquire tools to systematically reduce accommodations and better support their child’s progress. Additionally, parents/caregivers can connect in a confidential, non-judgmental environment with others facing similar experiences.

  • MUST be able to attend all 8 sessions.
  • You must have access to a confidential space and a stable internet connection during the sessions.
  • Per Iowa law, participants MUST be located in the state of Iowa during the time of each session.
  • This is a parents/caregivers-only group. Children should not attend group sessions.
  • A virtual intake screening appointment will be required before the first session to determine appropriateness for this group. Our clinic team will reach out to schedule with you.
  • Space is limited. The group will close once it reaches 15 participants.

Ready to sign up? ➡️ Fill out this intake form by Monday, June 10.


AEA Empowerment Group

skills to help Iowa AEA staff members thrive

Not Accepting New Referrals

Educator Empowerment Group

skills to help Iowa PreK-12 education professionals thrive

Not Accepting New Referrals

Coping with Grief and Loss

a group for Iowa PreK-12 school staff and AEA staff experiencing loss

Not Accepting New Referrals

Navigating Emotions and Hard Changes

a skills group for Iowa teens who have experienced foster care

Not Accepting New Referrals

School Post-Crisis 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 Support

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
Social Worker,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
Ryan Kidder
Social Worker,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
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Licensed Psychologist,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
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Social Worker,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
Kaitlin Poock
Social Worker,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
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Psychiatrist,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health Clinic
Clinical Associate Professor,
Department of Psychiatry

Support Staff

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

Student Clinicians

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Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
School Psychology Doctoral Program,
University of Iowa
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Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Workforce Expansion Trainee,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Counselor Education and Supervision Doctoral Program,
University of Iowa
Samara Harms
Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
School Psychology Doctoral Program,
University of Iowa
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Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Master of Social Work,
University of Iowa
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Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Master of Social Work ,
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
Alex Reed
Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program,
University of Iowa
Emily Schrepf
Student Clinician,
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Master of Social Work,
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.