Child Study Institute (CSI) professionals address learning, emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal difficulties in order to help Bryn Mawr and Haverford students improve their competence and adjustment. Unlike other campus resources for students (e.g., the Dean’s Office, Access Services, the Counseling Service, the Writing Center, the Director of Academic Support), CSI does not offer services free of charge to students. Rather, services are available on a sliding fee scale, based on the financial resources of the student and family.
CSI psychologists conduct psychological assessments to identify/document learning disabilities and the need for academic adjustments when appropriate. The evaluation can include assessment of information processing deficits related to foreign language learning difficulties if necessary. Assessment can also be conducted to identify needs for accommodations for graduate/professional school testing. Referrals for psychological testing are often made by Bryn Mawr’s Access Services or Haverford’s Disability Services, but students and families can also self-initiate a request for testing.
CSI offers a range of psychotherapy services to address conditions such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, family and/or peer relationship problems, and autism spectrum disorders. Because the Counseling Service provides six free sessions for students and offers emergency and psychiatric services not offered at CSI, the Counseling Service should be the first campus resource students seek for acute mental health services.
Executive Functioning/Psychoeducation Support Services
CSI’s doctoral-level psychologists, trained in psychoeducational assessment, school psychology, and psychotherapy, can provide a variety of ongoing psychological support services for students with significant challenges that may impact academic and/or social/emotional adjustment. Services include:
- Executive function/life skills coaching (e.g., managing time and academic demands; developing and implementing strategies for tackling academic assignments, projects, and exams; balancing extracurricular activities)
- Psychological support (e.g., cognitive-behavior therapy for depression and/or anxiety; social skills coaching for autism spectrum disorders; strategies for managing ADHD)
- Liaison/coordination with other campus support services (e.g., The Dean’s Office, Access Services, Counseling services)
Cost $150/hour (sliding scale fees can be arranged pending appropriate documentation).
Families can obtain these services for students at any point in their academic careers at Bryn Mawr. However, families of entering first-year students with a history of need for significant supports (e.g. school-based IEPS or 504 plans, on-going individual or group therapies, executive functioning coaching, extensive tutoring) are advised to explore arranging support services in the summer prior to matriculating at the College. In order to support the student’s successful transition to the college setting, having a support arrangement in place before the academic year begins is strongly recommended. Without such support, students with existing needs often struggle with the adjustment to college life and begin to experience challenges with academic demands within the first 4-6 weeks of the semester. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Leach, either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (610-526-5900).