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Butler University Counseling & Consultation Services

Butler University is an independent university founded in 1855 and widely recognized for its dedication to teaching and research. A noted academic institution nestled in a residential area of Indianapolis, Butler's coeducational enrollment totals 4,667 students. Rooted in traditions of excellence, Butler's cultural and civic impact is considerable.

Students from nearly every state and 52 foreign countries make up the undergraduate and graduate and student body. The University has six degree-granting colleges-Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education, Communication, Business Administration, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Fine Arts. The 244 fulltime instructional faculty members allow an undergraduate student-faculty ratio of 11-to-1.

Butler University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Counseling and Consultation Services (CCS) is administratively responsible to the Dean of Student Services and the Vice President for Student Affairs. CCS is the only agency on campus offering clinical services to the undergraduate and graduate student body. CCS is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services.  Although clients present with varying degrees of severity, from adjustment issues to mood disorders and characterological issues, CCS staff strive to address these concerns within a developmental framework. While many cases are undeniably complex, we value efforts to avoid pathologizing client behavior and to focus instead on client resources and strengths as they negotiate this challenging phase of life.

The most frequent presenting concerns of our clients are anxiety, depression, relationships, family issues and eating disorders. Other common therapeutic issues include stress management, substance abuse, trauma recovery, grief and loss and academic concerns. CCS is located within the Health and Recreation Complex on campus.  Each intern office is equipped with digital videotaping equipment and a computer.  The center currently has no fee for service and operates primarily within a short-term model, although interns have the option to see clients longer-term if clinically indicated.

During the hours of operation, CCS has at least one clerical/support staff who answers phone calls, handles scheduling appointments, greets clients, and handles the collection of basic client information.  This person is also available to help interns fax documents, prepare documents to be sent, make copies, and perform other clerical tasks as needed.  Technical support for the interns is provided by Butler's Information Technology department, which can be accessed by phone or in person by interns for computer assistance.

 Aspire Indiana

BehaviorCorp Center

Aspire Indiana is a not-for-profit comprehensive mental health center with several offices located throughout central Indiana. Aspire Indiana offers an array of services including adult outpatient counseling services, child and adolescent counseling and case management services, 24 hour crisis services, drug and alcohol services, community support, and residential and employment services for chronically mentally ill clients. Aspire Indiana currently serves over 600,000 persons in Madison, Hamilton, Boone and northern Marion Counties. 

Doctoral Psychology Interns primarily work at Aspire Indiana outpatient clinics.  Outpatient clinics are multidisciplinary service units, and during their hours of operation, there are one or more clerical/support staff present to greet consumers, answer phone calls, help with scheduling appointments, and distribute/collect basic client information forms.  Additionally, Aspire Indiana has an access office that is primarily dedicated to coordinating/scheduling new appointments across all service locations.  Aspire also has an Information Technology (IT) department that provides interns with assistance/troubleshooting associated with computing resources (email, use of the electronic medical record, etc.)

Aspire Indiana is the result of a recent merger between two Indiana mental health agencies, BehaviorCorp and The Center for Mental Health.  The staff is composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and other mental health professionals. There are several outpatient offices throughout Indianapolis and the surrounding area. Interns are typically assigned to the Willowbrook and Carmel sites which both provide a wide array of clinical experiences for interns. The Carmel office is located approximately 30 minutes north of the Butler campus, whereas the Willowbrook office is located approximately 15 minutes east of Butler. For more information, you can access Aspire Indiana's website at

The IU Health Charis Center for Eating Disorders

Charis Center

The IU Health Charis Center's mission is to provide eating disorders prevention, early intervention, and treatment for the community at large and for patients and their families.  Located on the west side of Indianapolis, the IU Health Charis Center offers a comprehensive approach to treatment including medical, psychological, and nutritional services for patients.  Services are provided in outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization settings for children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders.  The IU Health Charis Center provides the only partial hospitalization program for eating disorders in the state of Indiana. The IU Health Charis Center serves patients in Indiana and the surrounding states.  The  Charis Center is part of Riley Hospital for Children, and members of the clinical treatment team hold faculty appointments with the Indiana University School of Medicine.  A multidisciplinary treatment focus is utilized in the treatment of eating disorders.  The IU Health Charis Center treatment team is comprised of medical doctors specializing in adolescent medicine, internal medicine, and psychiatry as well as psychologists, dietitians, master's level therapists, and an art therapist. 

All of the doctoral psychology intern duties are performed within this team, and they have access and utilize the same clerical and technical support as other staff members.  There are 2 clerical/support staff who greet patients, schedule appointments, and manage client information forms.  The IU Health Charis Center for Eating Disorders is located within the larger IU Health System. The IU Health System Information Technology Department provides the interns with assistance on all computer needs (network access, email, database access, etc.).  For more information, you can access the IU Health Charis Center website at

The Indianapolis Area

Indianapolis is a dynamic city offering a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities. Professional basketball and football teams provide seasonal excitement at Conseco Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium. Residents enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, concerts and entertainment throughout the community. Cultural facilities abound, notably Clowes Memorial Hall, a 2,200-seat performance facility on the Butler campus; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the seventh largest in the country, just a few blocks from Butler; the Indiana Repertory Theater; the Children's Museum, the largest of its kind in the United States; the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Klipsch Music Center.

The cost of living is reasonable in comparison to other cities of this size. Residential areas surround Butler University, Aspire, and Charis Center, making housing within convenient driving distance a definite option. The city also offers a number of employment opportunities for psychologists in both the private and public sectors.