University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

The Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center

Specialty Services

For additional information on the services offered by the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center or to make an appointment please call our confidential intake service at (802) 656-2661.

Adolescent Female Sexual Assault Treatment Group

Adolescent Female The Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center offers a specialized treatment group for adolescent females who have been victims of sexual assault. This group is designed to provide support and treatment for girls ages 13-17. Groups run for twelve weeks and use evidence-based treatments to address symptoms of trauma.

If you are interested in this service, or to learn more about the groups, please contact the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center at (802) 656-2661, and specify that you are calling about the Adolescent Female Sexual Assault group.


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

kids The Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Service is a specialty treatment service offered through the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center (BTPC) at the University of Vermont. The goals of the ADHD Service are: To provide state-of-the-art treatment for 5 to 12-year-old children with ADHD and their families; and to conduct research studies that will further our knowledge about ADHD and the best ways to treat it. The ADHD Service offers behavior modification treatments that have been shown through research to be effective for ADHD. These treatments include individual and group parent training and school consultation.

Parent training is used to teach parents how to structure the home environment in a way that helps children with ADHD to function better. Once learned, parents can use their skills on a continuing basis to help their child. If your child's teacher agrees to work with us, school consultation can be provided to assist teachers in structuring the school environment in a way that helps the child behave and perform better at school. This includes helping your child's teacher to set up and monitor simple behavior programs to increase the child's motivation and performance at school.

The ADHD Service is coordinated by Betsy Hoza, Ph.D., a Professor of Psychology at the University of Vermont and a nationally-recognized expert on ADHD. If you are interested in receiving treatment at the ADHD Service or in learning more about what is offered, please call (802) 656-2661 and specify that you are calling about the ADHD Service. You will be sent an information and screening packet to complete. Upon our receipt of your completed screening packet, we will determine whether your child's problems can best be served by the ADHD Service. If so, we will call you to schedule your first appointment. If not, we will redirect you to a more appropriate provider at the BTPC.


Connecting Cultures


Over 6,000 refugees have settled in Vermont, mainly in Burlington and Winooski, since 1980 (Vermont State Refugee Office, 2012). Refugees in Vermont originate from more than 20 countries, including Somalia, Sudan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Iraq.

In response to the mental health needs of Vermont's refugees, a model of mental health services now exists through the Connecting Cultures Program, a clinical-science specialty service of the BTPC in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Vermont. The Connecting Cultures Program provides an integrated, culturally sensitive approach to working with these populations, including:

  • Community-based outreach services
  • Direct clinical services
  • Mental health research
  • Training

Each of these four integrated components informs and enhances the others. Specifically, a community-based forum is used to provide clinical outreach services (e.g., parenting skills, stress management), and direct services are provided for an array of mental health concerns. Additionally, evaluative research involves understanding refugees' mental health and the impact of our services. Finally, an emphasis is placed on providing training opportunities for clinical psychology graduate students and professionals in our community.


New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT)

New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT)

The New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) program was designed to coordinate and meet the psychological, legal, social, and physical needs of survivors of torture and their families and communities. NESTT is a direct partnership between Connecting Cultures and Vermont Immigration and Asylum Advocates, linking psychological and legal services. The overall goal is to provide survivors of torture with holistic, integrated and effective services in a culturally relevant, client centered context. NESTT is based on a social justice framework emphasizing community voice, while acknowledging multi-agency professional expertise, and empirically based prevention, intervention and evaluation strategies. Through NESTT, individual, group, and community services are provided specifically for torture survivors.


Sex and Relationship Services

heart The Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center at the University of Vermont offers specialized assistance for men, women and couples, gay, straight, bisexual or questioning, who wish to improve their sexual and/or relationship functioning and satisfaction. Our individual and couple treatments consist of an evidence based approach to treatment that focuses on Cognitive, Behavioral and Mindfulness based therapies.

Individual or Couple Sex Therapy includes services for:

  • Low or Reduced Desire
  • Difficulties with Sexual Arousal
  • Difficulties with Orgasm
  • Premature or Delayed Ejaculation
  • Painful Intercourse
  • Sexual Aversion
  • Sexual addiction and/or compulsion

Couple Therapy includes services for:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Improving Intimacy and Communication
  • Pre-Marital Preparation
  • Divorce and Separation Adjustment
  • Differences in Sexual Interest


The Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders Specialty Service

Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders The Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders Specialty Service is a treatment service offered through the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center (BTPC) at the University of Vermont. The service specializes in the treatment of tic disorders, Tourette Syndrome, and related disorders for children, adolescents, and adults. Treatment is provided by pre-doctoral clinicians under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. We offer comprehensive psychological and behavioral assessments, and provide the latest evidence-based, non-pharmacological treatments available to help manage tics and related behaviors. Our service focuses on clinician-guided, research-based therapy. The core components of this treatment include:

  • Psychoeducation for tic and related disorders
  • Awareness training to recognize the urge to tic
  • Competing response training to reduce tics and associated impairment
  • Relaxation training to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with tics

Please view our brochure for additional information.

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