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About The Chicago School Forensic Center®

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About the Forensic Center

The Chicago School Forensic Center is a community mental health center and vibrant learning and training center for best practices in forensic mental health. Founded by forensic psychology faculty in 2007, the center serves adults, children, and families, most of whom are court-ordered to seek mental health services.

TCS students work alongside Forensic Center faculty and staff in providing mental health services and programming through practica experiences and community service.  These programs offer a great opportunity for psychology students to gain hands-on experience while under the supervision of experienced faculty and staff.

The Forensic Center is committed to social justice and empowerment of the under-served and, over the course of its history, has demonstrated significant social impact through the provision of high-quality forensic mental health services, through work in the community, and in the realm of policy and advocacy.


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Main Reception

Phone:  (312) 467-2535             Fax:  (312) 661-1272              Email:

Physical Location

We’re located on the 4th floor of the Merchandise Mart. Use the east elevators (closest to Wells St.).

222. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL  60654

Mailing Address

The Chicago School Forensic Center, 325 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL  60654



Forensic Center Services

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The Chicago School Forensic Center® is a community mental health center providing counseling and psychological evaluation services to the general community.  The Forensic Center specializes in providing forensic mental health services children, families, and adults who have contact with the legal sector (i.e., courts, child welfare agencies, law enforcement, probation, and parole).

General Services

Individual Therapy for stress-management, mood and anxiety issues, and resolving personal challenges.

Couples Therapy to address communication and intimacy issues, interpersonal conflict, parenting challenges, separation and divorce navigation.

Family Therapy to improve communication, to resolve conflict and child behavioral problems, and to negotiate issues arising in blended families.

Psychological Evaluations and Screenings for  mood, anxiety, and other disorders and cognitive-based disabilities.

Specialized Clinical Services for:

  • Victim-Related Trauma
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Parent, Co-Parent, and Blended Family Problems
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction (and co-recurring mental illness)
  • Anger Management/Anti-Violence
  • Recidivism Reduction

Other Services:

  • Academic Mentoring/School Engagement
  • Mediation (Divorce, Child Custody, Parentage)
  • Job Readiness Training


Cost of Services

The Forensic Center offers low-cost services based on the client’s ability to pay.  No one will be denied access to services due to an inability to pay.  There is a discounted/sliding fee pay schedule available.  The Forensic Center does not discriminate patients based upon race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, or sexual orientation.

For Sliding Fee Scale applicants, please complete the Sliding Fee Scale form and return to our office via fax at (312) 661-1272 or mail at Forensic Center, 325 N. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654.


New Clients

Enrollment Packet
Please download the Enrollment Packet and complete the documents included.

The Forensic Center Clinical Training Program

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SStudent trainees gain hands-on experience with expert supervision from staff and faculty while benefiting from our state-of-the-art facility which includes three, one-way window observations rooms and recording technology.

Student trainees gain hands-on experience with expert supervision from staff and faculty while benefiting from our state-of-the-art facility which includes three, one-way window observation rooms and recording technology.

The Forensic Center Clinical Training Program offers students in forensic and non-forensic programs the opportunity to gain experience across a wide array of training rotations.  Students are the primary treatment providers and evaluators in the Center and are guided by highly engaged and accessible clinical supervision.

The student trainee team usually numbers 7 – 10 trainees each year, and opportunities are available to both masters- and doctoral-level trainees in forensic and non-forensic program.  The Center also offers APA-accredited pre-doctoral internships through The Chicago School Community Internship Consortium.

Trainees are given a diverse caseload of individuals, couples, and families with the opportunity to provide child therapy. Trainees also rotate through community placements to provide therapeutic groups for high-risk youth and juvenile offenders.  The Center’s unique Fitness Restoration Program provides trainees to provide treatment to persons found incompetent to stand trial in order on an outpatient basis to support the client’s restoration to “fitness.”

Training rotations and opportunities

  • Family therapy, co-parenting, and parent-child reunification therapy through Cook County Domestic Court referrals
  • Fitness restoration treatment and evaluations through the Center’s unique Fitness Restoration Program funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services
  • Therapeutic group interventions through the Evening Reporting Center for youth on parole and truancy reduction, school engagement, and socio-emotional learning programs at community-based agencies and schools.
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and other child and family Interventions
  • Trauma-informed therapies for victim-related interventions.
  • Specialized screenings and evaluations for persons referred by the courts.
  • Program evaluation and consultation for community-based organizations.