The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Department (OPD) offers children, teenagers, and their families a wide range of mental health treatment options. The OPD serves children and adolescents (age 0-18) with emotional, behavioral, developmental and/or learning problems and provides over 24,000 visits per year. A multidisciplinary team of child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, social workers, nurse practitioners and creative arts therapists staffs the outpatient department. In addition to being a center for community-based psychiatric services, the outpatient department is an academic training site for child psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, creative arts therapists and marriage and family therapists.

Services provided include individual psychotherapy, group therapy, parent training/support, child skills training, parent-infant dyadic therapy, behavioral therapy, art therapy and family therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, animal assisted (pet) therapy, trauma treatment, neuropsychological testing, family advocay as well as medication management. Individual and group psychotherapy and psychopharmacologic treatment are also available in our clinic for the parents and adult family members of our child and adolescent patients. Family involvement is emphasized for both diagnostic and therapeutic services.

In addition to providing therapeutic interventions, clinicians work closely with schools and community agencies to insure coordinated care and to provide advocacy and consultation services. This allows us to supplement clinic-bound therapeutic interventions with more comprehensive services when they are needed. For further information, call our Intake Coordinator at (212) 523-3082.

Therapeutic programs are designed based on evidence based practices for the subspecialty modality. One of these programs is The Incredible Years group treatment. This model, developed by Carolyn Webster Stratton is a model of group treatment for young children, ages 4-8 years old presenting with a variety of different issues. Concurrent parents groups focus on parenting skills.  In addition, we offer Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. We are currently working in collaboration with the Columbia University School of Social Work and Social Work Interns provide this treatment. Other staff are trained in this Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression and CBT for disruptive behaviors. 

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a fast-growing cognitive behavioral therapy used to treat emotion regulation difficulties. It has been used for the treatment of suicidal adolescents, substance use, eating disorders and other problem behaviors. Mindfulness is a critical component of DBT.

The Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital Outpatient Clinic offers DBT to teens with severe and complex disorders. Parents of teens meet in their own skills groups paced in tandem with the teen groups so that parents and teens can practice application of the skills at home. Teens also work with an individual therapist and, if they are medicated, a psychopharmacologist.

DBT targets multiple problems underlying emotion dysregulation, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Patients may struggle with features of borderline personality disorder, including self-harm, a common symptom in our program. DBT also targets substance use as but one more “behavior” symptomatic of emotion dysregulation. Typical psychosocial difficulties addressed by DBT skills in the program are:

  • stress and self-esteem challenges in the college application process (95% of patients are college-bound);
  • self-worth deficits stemming from adoption;
  • structural imbalance in families resulting from parents’ divorce.

Participation in the DBT program results in major improvement in self-esteem, reduction of self-harm, and an enhanced capacity in our patients to lead enriched lives.

For more information about the Outpatient DBT program at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, please call Clare Dacey, LCSW at 212.523.3075.

PEER Program: “Prevention, Education, Evaluation and Rehabilitation”
The PEER program at the Child and Family Institute and the Psychiatric Recovery Center at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West was developed in order to provide targeted, phase specific interventions to adolescents and young adults who are in the early stages of psychosis. The goals of our program are as follows: Successful engagement, decrease in symptoms, help in attaining developmental milestones and enabling people to lead productive and fulfilling lives while living with mental illness. The clinicians at the PEER program offer a wide range of developmentally appropriate clinical services. These include: Educational seminars for patients and their families, assessment and diagnostic clarification and person-centered treatment planning, including individual psychotherapy, skills groups and medication management. Please contact our intake department for referrals and more information at (212) 523 3082.

Child and Family Clinic Plus
As a partnership with the New York State Office of Mental Health, we are happy to offer Child and Family Clinic Plus, an initiative to promote emotional wellness and provide intervention early on. All families at the outpatient department receive a comprehensive evaluation. All families are eligible to receive a number of in-home and in-community sessions. In addition, we have satellite clinics in the community where emotional wellness screenings and treatment are offered.

Schools:

  • Martin Luther King High School
  • Booker T. Washington Middle School
  • P.S. 192

Preventive Agencies:

  • Lower East Side Family Union

Beth Israel-St. Luke's HEARTS program: Trauma Treatment
The Beth Israel-St. Luke's HEARTS (Healing Emotions and Achieving Resilience to Traumatic Stress ) Program is a new federally funded program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel (BI) and Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt that aims to improve the care for children and families who have suffered the effects of trauma. We know that too many of our patients and their families are touched by trauma in too many ways throughout their lives. Our goal is to provide screenings, assessments, treatments and community outreach and education about trauma. Treatments include: ARC: Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (Ages 5-18) and CPP: Child Parent Psychotherapy (Ages 0-5). We are also working with the Hunter College School of Social Work and Fordham University School of Social Work to provide training and ARC treatment.   As part of the grant award, the BI-Mount Sinai St. Luke's Roosevelt HEARTS Program joins the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) whose mission is to improve the quality, effectiveness and availability of services for children and families who experience traumatic events.

In order to obtain any services at the Outpatient Department, please call 212-523-3082 to schedule an appointment

No person is denied access to service on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. In the event we are unable to meet a special need of a client, an appropriate referral will be made. It is the policy of the clinic to accept insurance, certain managed care plans, and private pay patients. For further information, call our Intake Coordinator at 212-523-3082.

For Information, contact:

Bonnie Siegel Weisenberg, LCSW-R Program Director
Phone: (212) 523-3077
Email: bsweisenberg@chpnet.org

Aykut Ozden, M.D., Medical Director
Phone: (212) 523-3067
Email: aozden@chpnet.org

Intake Coordinator
Phone: (212) 523-3082


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