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School-Based Counseling Services

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
We are proud to partner with CCHMC to improve access to care within the community. This program involves independently licensed and highly trained therapists to work with students referred for a number of reasons, such as: depression, anxiety, anger management, coping with life changes, managing stress or worry, and difficulty with social relationships.
The Process
Students are identified by parents, teachers, staff, and administrators. Once identified, the student's school counselor will contact the student's legal guardian to obtain verbal permission to submit a referral to the CCHMC clinician. Once permission is given and referral is submitted, the CCHMC therapist will contact the student's legal guardian to set up an intake appointment, which takes place at the school. During this appointment the CCHMC clinician will complete a diagnostic assessment. If school based services are appropriate, sessions can begin. If additional services are needed, the CCHMC therapist will help the family access those services.
Therapy Sessions
Students can be seen before, during, and after normal school hours. Appointments typically last between 30 and 60 minutes, preferably once per week. The sessions are skills-based, meaning that students will learn new skills to better adapt to their challenges. "Homework" assignments are given between sessions so that the student can practice newly learned skills. This therapy is designed to be short-term (typically 8-12 weeks). These services are private and confidential. No information will be shared with any school personnel unless agreed upon by the legal guardian.
As the school is providing the access to care with this partnership, families cover the cost of therapy visits through private insurance, Medicaid or private pay options. Most private and public insurance are accepted.
Scheduling an Appointment
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with a therapist, contact your child's school counselor.