Making a Difference: Community Engagement
Our passion for serving our community in practical, high-impact ways is realized through our targeted service centers. In addition to providing clients with much-needed resources, treatment, and support, each center provides invaluable opportunities for our students to gain hands-on clinical experience and to deepen their skills in their future area of practice.
The Alliance for Aging
The Alliance for Aging, which represents a wide range of connections and collaborations across William James College faculty and numerous local and regional institutions and centers, was established to help adults age wisely and well. We invite you to learn who we are, what we do, and how we are improving the quality of life for aging adults.
Dr. Leon O. Brenner Assessment and Consultation Center
The Brenner Center provides comprehensive psychological assessment to address problems of learning, memory, mental health, and adjustment for children, adolescents and adults. Senior psychologists, doctoral students, and post-doctoral fellows work as a team to provide comprehensive evaluations, jargon-free reports, consultation, and advocacy to facilitate the implementation of assessment recommendations.
The Brenner Center is part of our APA-accredited Internship Consortium.
Center of Excellence for Children, Families, and the Law
The Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law recognizes that life-changing decisions happen when children and families come before courts. The Center promotes multidisciplinary professional education, training, and research to support informed professional practice, thoughtful jurisprudence, and effective prevention and intervention through classes for high conflict co-parents and evaluations of children and families. The Center offers postdoctoral fellowships for psychologists.
Richard I. and Joan L. Freedman Center for Child and Family Development
The Freedman Center connects adults, children, and families, with appropriate mental health information, service providers, and resources. The Freedman Center programs focus on the promotion of mental wellness and the prevention of mental illness. When families receive the support they need to foster mental wellness, the community where they live, work, and learn benefits, too. The Freedman Center is part of our APA-accredited Internship Consortium.
Juvenile Court Clinic Operations
The Department of Community Engagement assumed operation of Juvenile Court Clinics in Suffolk and Norfolk Counties in July 2017, including joint staffing at Boston Juvenile Court Clinic with Department of Mental Health clinicians and collaborative provision of a multidisciplinary training program in juvenile forensic mental health. Juvenile Court Clinicians provide court-ordered evaluations in cases including Care and Protection (child abuse and neglect), Delinquency and Youthful Offender, Child Requiring Assistance (truancy, stubborn, habitual school offender, runaway, sexually exploited child), and civil commitment for psychiatric inpatient care or urgent substance abuse detoxification and treatment. Reports include recommendations for stabilization, care and treatment of court-involved children and families, and the William James College Juvenile Court Clinic staff now includes a designated person to facilitate access to behavioral health, social services, educational supports, and other resources.
The PATHWAYS Program, a partnership between William James College, the Boston Public Schools, and Eliot Community Human Services and the Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, increases access for urban youth and families to holistic, culturally sensitive, evidence-based, and trauma-informed mental health services.
PATHWAYS focuses on increasing students’ awareness and knowledge of the impact of trauma; enhancing students’ coping skills and attitudes toward school engagement; and fostering a positive learning environment that promotes students’ academic, social, and emotional well-being.