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)
One specific treatment offered within the OPD is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) program for adolescents and pre-adolescents who are depressed, impulsive and/or engaging in self-harm behaviors. Children/adolescents and parents participate in skills groups both separately and together in our program. Children/adolescents also work with an individual therapist. DBT skills help youth learn to cope with stress and improve family communication. Thanks to Alec Miller’s group at Montefiore Hospital for its manual adapting DBT for young people.
PEER Program: “Prevention, Education, Evaluation and Rehabilitation”
The PEER program at the Child and Family Institute and the Psychiatric Recovery Center at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals 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.
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 Beth Israel Medical Center (BI) and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospitals 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-SLR 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
Aykut Ozden, M.D., Medical Director
Phone: (212) 523-3067
Phone: (212) 523-3082