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River Valley Psychological Services

River Valley Psychological Services offers both diagnostic and therapeutic services to youth detained at River Valley Detention Center (RVDC) as well as youth placed on probation or court supervision following adjudication.


Mission Statement

The mission of River Valley Psychological Services is to promote the emotional, social, and  psychological well-being of legally involved youth and to facilitate change within a safe, structured, and encouraging environment, while remaining sensitive to cultural and individual diversity.



River Valley Detention Center (RVDC) Services

         Court-ordered individual therapy

         Court-ordered psychological testing 

         Crisis management for detained youth

         Psycho-educational groups

         Daily assessment of stability for youth on special detention status, such as suicide watch or segregation

Juvenile Probation Department Services

         Outpatient individual therapy, family therapy, and psycho-educational groups

         Court-ordered psychological testing

         Risk assessment and crisis intervention

         Case management

Clinical Training Program

River Valley Psychological Services offers training opportunities for doctoral and masterís level students in both River Valley Detention Center and the Juvenile Probation Department.  Each training year, River Valley Psychological Services accepts applicants from diagnostic, therapy, and advanced practicum students through the ACEPT program.  

Interested students please include the following in your application packet:

         Copy of Transcripts (unofficial accepted)

         Cover Letter (indicate if interested in RVDC, Juvenile Probation Division or both)

         Curriculum Vitae

         Assessment Report Writing Sample

         Three letters of recommendation


Please mail all materials as one packet to:

Zorana Jeffries, Psy.D.

Director of Clinical Training

River Valley Justice Center

Psychological Services

3200 W. McDonough Street

Joliet, IL 60431