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Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services
Teachers College, Columbia University
The Dean Hope Center for Educational and Psychological Services (DHCEPS) is an integral part of the teaching and training in Clinical, Counseling, School Psychology and Reading Specialist programs. The Center works in a two-folded way; first it offers students the opportunity to integrate theoretical coursework with practicum experience within a multidisciplinary setting.
Kelly, School Psychology Student
As a first year student at Teachers College, I had the privilege of having hands-on experience with assessment from day one of my program. In my first semester, my partner and I worked collaboratively with one client. During the second semester, I had my own client where I conducted a full psycho-educational assessment, and had a chance to observe our peers administering various batteries. In only one year of graduate school under my belt, I have experiences with three client cases, and independently administered over fifty assessments. After having this extensive hands-on experience with clients, I feel extremely confident in my abilities as a practitioner. I cannot wait to start my filedwork placement at a local school in the fall.
My son’s school teacher referred me to the Dean Hope Center after I learned that my son was behind in reading. After submitting an application form, the reading coordinator contacted me to conduct a brief assessment of my son’s reading and writing ability. At the time, I was between jobs, and my financial situation was very tight. The service fees were adjusted to an affordable rate based on my family’s household income. My son met with student reading specialists twice a week for three academic semesters. The services were very professional. I was very pleased to know that I did not have to compromise my son’s learning opportunities because of my financial situation.
I have been coming to the Dean Hope Center for over two years now. At first, I applied for the vocational and career counseling service. I was recommended to complete two vocational interest assessments, which helped me understand how my interest and personality traits impacted on my career decision. The student therapist also assisted me to discover other factors that prevented me from achieving my career goals. Upon completion of the vocational/career counseling, I was transferred to work with a student therapist who focused on cognitive behavioral therapy, which helped me change thoughts and behaviors that hindered my pursuit of a new career.
Coordinator: Dr. Dinelia Rosa
Phone: (212) 678-3262
Fax: (212) 678-8105* Location: 6th Floor Thorndike Hall