Child Behavior Management Clinic

The PPTRC Child Behavior Management (CBM) Clinic helps the families of children who frequently have problems staying focused and paying attention, controlling behavior, and getting along with others. We begin with a careful assessment of the child’s strengths and difficulties. We then set goals with the family and develop a treatment plan to improve the child’s difficulties. Our program centers on teaching parents skills that will guide their children to better behavior and improve relationships within the family.  The program may also include direct work with the child and consultations with a child’s school and pediatrician. We track progress carefully as we work with families, so that we can know how well we are doing in reaching goals.

Before you come to the Clinic:

Intake Form

Client Services Offered:

The CBM Clinic offers behavior modification treatments that have been shown through research to be effective for helping children who frequently display disruptive and/or oppositional behavior. Because every family is different, you and your clinician will work together to set goals and create a treatment plan for your child.

Parent Training
We offer both individual family and group parent training to teach parents skills that helps their child function better. Once parents learn these skills, they can use them on a continuing basis at home. In Individual Parent Training parents work with a clinician to learn skills and practice them with their child in sessions. In Group Parent Training parents learn these skills from a team of clinicians and have the opportunity to share and learn from other parents.

  • Parenting Group will meet on Mondays beginning February 3 through April 20, 2020 at 6:30-7:45 p.m. (will not meet during Spring Break week for Purdue and local schools)
  • Intake interviews will begin Monday, December 2, 2019
  • For more information, please call (765) 494-6977

Outside Consultations
We offer school consultations and pediatrician consultations, as needed. With parents' permission and the teacher's agreement, a School Consultation can be provided to help teachers structure the school environment in order to support your child’s good behavior and academic progress at school. In addition, Pediatrician Consultations can be provided when parents are considering whether medication may help a child with his/her difficulties. If the pediatrician decides a trial is appropriate and agrees to work with us, we can help monitor how well the medication works for the child.

Community Services Offered:

The CBM Clinic provides in-service training and educational workshops to schools, parent groups, mental health clinics, and professional groups on topics related to the assessment and treatment of childhood disorders.


The CBM Clinic is directed by Elizabeth Akey, Ph.D., HSPP, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University and a local expert on children’s emotional and behavioral well-being. Clinicians are advanced graduate students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Purdue. All students are closely supervised by Dr. Akey.


There is a standard fee of $20 for the first session.  Fees for any additional assessment and treatment are determined on a sliding-scale basis, according to your ability to pay.

How to Contact the CBM Clinic:

To contact the CBM Clinic about an appointment or to learn more about our services, please call (765) 494-6977. A staff person will take your name and contact information so that the clinic coordinator can return your call and help determine whether our clinic will be a good fit for your child’s concerns.

Who comes to the Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics and why?

Our services are available to any child or adult in the Lafayette and West Lafayette community and surrounding areas. Our clients are served through specialty clinics that provide evidence-based assessment and psychotherapy. In addition to the CBM Clinic, the Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics provide psychological services in these other clinics:

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