CMC Day Treatment Unit Rotation

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows spend 10 weeks at the Children’s Medical Center Day Treatment unit, working with a multidisciplinary staff that includes a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist (Director, Dr. James Norcross), a clinical manager, a registered nurse, a master’s level clinical social worker, and setting therapists. Your experience will be rounded out by a complement of the part-time staff that includes a certified recreational therapist, a master’s prepared special education teacher, an art therapist, and a music therapist, with consultation available from psychology and neuropsychology practitioners.

Treatment Goals

With a maximum of 12 patients at a time, you will work with the children and their families to increase the level of emotional and behavioral functioning in the home, school and community. Multimodal treatment is offered including setting, individual, family, and group therapy. Treatment is focused on obtaining a thorough diagnostic assessment, managing psychopharmacology, and helping the patient and family develop skills to successfully manage symptoms in the home and school environment.

The case presentations are multimodal and multidisciplinary. The program is designed to increase the level of emotional and behavioral functioning of children and their families in the home, school, and community. Treatment is focused on obtaining a thorough diagnostic assessment, managing psychopharmacology, and helping the patient and family develop skills to successfully manage symptoms in the home and school environment. Individual teaching/supervision sessions are held at least 2–3 hours per week.