Frequently Asked Questions

What is the KU Child and Family Services Clinic?

The KU Child and Family Services Clinic is a training clinic providing a variety of services: individual therapy, family therapy, parent education, school consultation, developmental and psychological assessments (including Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Although our focus is on children and adolescents, parents and family members are usually involved in the therapy process.

Who are the clinic staff?

Direct clinical services are provided by graduate students in the Clinical Child Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Kansas. All services are closely supervised by licensed psychologists; many of the supervisors are Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Do I need to be affiliated with KU to get services from the KU Child and Family Services Clinic? 

No. The KU Child and Family Services Clinic offers assessment, treatment, and consultation services to the public regardless of KU affiliation.  Anyone from the community, including individuals living in Lawrence/Douglas County, Topeka, the Greater Kansas City metro area, and Northeast and East Central Kansas is welcome to call the Clinic for services. 

What about confidentiality?

In accordance with our professional ethics and state law, our services are confidential. We do not disclose the identity of our clients or anything concerning them without their written permission. We provide clients with written information about exceptions to confidentiality. These circumstances include court orders and subpoenas, the need to prevent a client from harming him/herself or others, and if the therapist knows of or suspects child abuse or neglect.

Where are you located?

We are located on the second floor of the Dole Human Development Center building on the main University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. Please visit our location page for more information.

Who is eligible for services?

Children, adolescents, and families. College, graduate, and professional students who need assessment for attention-deficit problems or learning problems are also eligible for services.

What about parking?

Free parking is available in front of the Dole Building. A temporary parking permit will be provided for clients of the Clinic.

How does one initiate services?

If you are interested in obtaining any of our services, please call the clinic during the hours listed on the contact page. One of our therapists will ask you several questions about why you are seeking services at this time. After this initial phone call, a therapist will call you to schedule the first appointment. From this point on, your therapist will be your liaison with the clinic and can help you with whatever questions or concerns you may have. You are also free to call the clinic at anytime with questions or concerns and someone will be able to help you.

How much does treatment cost?

Fees for services are assessed on a sliding scale based upon your annual income and number of dependents. Fees vary depending on what services you are receiving. Please see our fees page for more information.

What do I bring to the first session, after scheduling an appointment with my child's therapist?

To save you time during your first appointment, we ask that you complete our online forms and bring these with you during that first appointment. Forms are located in Also, we ask that you bring your driver's license, any legal documentation relevant to your child (i.e., custody agreement, guardianship documents), and any relevant school information (IEP, group testing) or past psychological evaluations.  Also, if you have requested a reduced fee, please bring proof of household income (i.e., front page of your most recent tax form or pay stubs from the last 3 months) to be considered for our sliding scale fees.

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