Yehuda Smolarcik, PsyD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist has worked with children, adolescents and adults in various capacities and settings for over 10 years. He was awarded both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (Chicago).
Yehuda Smolarcik is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who joined the Claret Center in 2012, and has worked with children, adolescents and adults in various capacities and settings for over 10 years. He was awarded both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (Chicago) and has received focused training in multiple facets of psychological assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment modalities, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy. Yehuda completed both his pre-doctoral and post-doctoral internships at United Stand Counseling Center, a non-for-profit organization that provides school-based services to children and adolescents, including assessment, counseling and academic consultation, and has also trained and worked and trained in multiple other treatment settings, including community mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and private practice.
Yehuda has a passion for the clinical training and supervision of graduate students of psychology, and supervises student clinicians at Hartgrove Hospital, an acute psychiatric hospital on the west side of Chicago. He also has very strong interest in various forms of psychological assessment, including neuropsychological assessment, psycho-educational assessment and personality assessment. At the Claret Center, he performs assessments for both children and adults in order to help to identify and diagnose learning challenges and a wide range of other potential socio-emotional issues, and also conducts specialized assessments, such as for high-risk medical procedures and vocational suitability. Yehuda also collaborates with Mary Ellen Moore to perform assessments for individuals who are in candidacy to enter religious formation programs, in order to identify personality variables that may be relevant to one’s suitability to the particular community and responsibilities of religious life.
“The most valuable thing that I have learned through the diversity of my experience, ” says Yehuda, “is that each and every person is a completely unique being, with distinct strengths, experiences, hopes, drives and personalities. My past and continued experiences have instilled in me a deep sense of appreciation for the psychological, biological and social complexity of human existence, and I strive to translate this appreciation into my clinical work by tailoring every assessment recommendation and intervention to the specific needs of the individual person, and by working to ensure that every person that I work with receives the respect and individual attention that they deserve. “