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Center for Psychoeducational Services

The Center for Psychoeducational Services is a training site for School of Education students. CPS is staffed by student clinicians who earn credit while they gain practical experience working directly with clients. All student clinicians are supervised by faculty who are certified or licensed in their fields. CPS is a self-sustaining, non-profit agency within the School of Education at the University of Kansas.

CPS is located in the north wing on the first floor of Joseph R. Pearson Hall. Individual and group clinical rooms, a conference room, reception area, and office space are available for students, staff and clients. Video technology is installed in all clinical rooms for student training and for client feedback. A wide selection of tests and assessments, instructional materials, and educational games is available for student clinicians to use with their clients.

CPS is open afternoons and by appointment Monday through Friday. CPS operates when KU is in session during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Parking is available.

CPS has three central missions:

  • Training of graduate and undergraduate students in School Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and other School of Education programs;
  • Providing psychoeducational services to children, adolescents, adults and families in the Northeast Kansas region; and
  • Conducting psychological and educational research.

CPS Services and Programs

We accept clients based on the needs of the referred individual, the potential training value of the case, and the availability of graduate student clinicians and staff supervision. When CPS is not well suited to an individual's needs, the clinician and supervisor work with the individual to locate an appropriate referral agency.

  • Is someone you know having problems at school?
  • Are you concerned about a child's behavior or social skills?
  • Are you seeking an evaluation for reading, math, writing, or attention problems for a child or adult in kindergarten through college?
  • Are you seeking an evaluation of an academically advanced child in third grade or higher?
  • Do you know a high school or college student who needs test accommodations?


Psychoeducational assessment may help answer general learning problems or specific questions.

  • Comprehensive psychoeducational assessments
  • Assessment of cognitive skills and processes
  • Diagnostic evaluation of reading, math, and written language difficulties
  • Assessment of nonverbal learning disorders
  • Assessment for standardized test accommodations

Academic Skills

Interventions for these skills may include tutoring, parent and school consultation, self-monitoring, and home-school contracts.

  • Organizational skills
  • Time management
  • Study skills
  • Test-taking skills
  • Homework preparation and productivity
  • Academic motivation

Behavioral, Social, and Emotional Problems

Interventions for these problems may include individual and group counseling, parent and school consultation, self-monitoring, and home-school contracts.

  • Anger management
  • School refusal/social avoidance
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Noncompliance in home or school
  • Fears, anxiety, and stress
  • Social skills/peer relationships
  • Self-esteem


Center for Psychoeducational Services
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Rm. 130
1122 W. Campus Rd., 130
Lawrence, Kansas 66045-3101
(785) 864-7021

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