Our approach to clinical care is founded in the belief that all students are capable of enormous personal growth when they are provided with the support they need. Here, masters-level therapists meet individually on a weekly basis with students. The therapists attend daily interdisciplinary staff meetings with teachers, Student Life staff, Nursing, psychiatrists and Administration so that they have intimate knowledge of how each student in their care is doing in all aspects of student life. Therapists are part of the education program planning for each student, and they accompany them to on-campus psychiatry appointments.
Chamberlain serves a diagnostically diverse student population. Our students have a wide range of learning and emotional challenges, including, but not limited to, learning disabilities, mood disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, attachment disorder, PTSD and borderline personality traits.
|Staff Spotlight: John Kersting, MD|
John Kersting, MD
John has been with Chamberlain since 1998. He is one of two psychiatrists at Chamberlain.
"Studies I've read show that American students receive on average six times the medicines that British students do. And it's not because we're smarter than the British. There is a pervasive sense in America that only medicine can change behavior. Of course, many children indeed have significant psychiatric or medical problems that require medicines. But here, with all of this clinical and behavioral support, and with children supervised by supportive adults, we can try to discontinue or change the medication of children who have come to us seeming overly medicated."
Students participate in weekly therapeutic groups. The Clinical team has designed a group curriculum based on areas of clinical expertise and current student needs. Input from each student, as well as each family, is an important aspect in deciding the group assignments for each student. A sample of groups offered include:
- A New Beginning (orientation group for all new students)
- Anxiety Reduction (which helps assess and manage behaviors)
- Creative Expression (using artistic activities to support students in self-discovery, self-expression, and connecting to others)
- Impulse Control (teaching what impulses are, how they affect us, and how to control them)
- Women's Issues (for young women)
- Family Matters (providing support to students working out their relationships with parents, siblings, and other family members)
- Social Skills (improving interpersonal skills)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (focusing on building distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion management)
- Transitions (for motivated 12th grade students preparing for graduation)
- Guy Talk (for young men)
- Cooperative Games (geared towards helping students who have social difficulties)
- Volunteer and Leadership (presenting students with opportunities to work on self esteem and empathy by helping others, both on campus and in the larger community)
For a more in-depth description of Chamberlain's clinical services read our Statement of Purpose, Philosophy, Goals and Objectives.