- Evaluation, assessment, and treatment of children from infancy through age 5 years.
- Staffed by university faculty, pediatric psychiatrist and psychologist, both who have expertise in assessing and treating very young children and their families, having both completed the Harris Fellowship.
These award winning community based programs offer home-based or community psychiatric care to children and adolescents with a goal of enhancing family relationships and communication. The program adopts a strength-based orientation, focused on optimizing use of community supports for the youth and family to affect positive behavioral changes.
It is comprised of both Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) and Intensive Family Therapy (IFT) teams.
- Two community based psychiatry programs which work with pediatric patients and their families to make positive behavioral changes for success in school, home, and community. We emphasize long-term change which families can sustain after the intervention ends.
- Management of behaviors to prevent out of home placement in psychiatric hospitals, detention centers, or foster care.
- Parents with increasing monitoring and supervision of the youth and involve multiple “stakeholders” including: parents, family, school, work, probation/ diversion, social services, mental health clinicians, peers, church, and any other identifiable positive relationships.
- Action oriented family and individual treatment, with well-defined, measurable goals that require increased responsibility from the youth and his / her family.
- Brief treatment (3-6 months) that has intense contact (6-10 hours/ week) to service families. Therapists’ caseloads are small (4-6 cases) and allow for 24/7 coverage, with the support of the UCH Emergency Departments Psychiatric / Social Liaison.
- Follow-up care to our clients on a no fee basis depending on need and appropriateness. This may included previously scheduled meetings, court appearances, appointments or refresher sessions for our client.
Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) is an evidenced based therapy with intense clinical supervision and consultation with our therapists that seeks to understand the “fit” between the child/adolescents problems and the systemic factors that contribute to them. MST targets youth involved in the legal system, age 12-17, with co-occurring mental health issues.
Referrals can come from individual families or come from the Juvenile District, Municipal Court System, or County Department of Human Services for adjudicated youth.
- Typical referral behaviors include: truancy/negative school performance, out of control behaviors in the home (including verbal & physical aggression), inefficient family functioning, ineffective parenting, low monitoring and supervision, substance use, gang involvement, negative peer associations, poor management of psychiatric symptoms, criminal activity.
- All clinicians are fully trained in the MST model. UCH is a site licensed by MST Services, an evidenced based model developed out of the Medical University of South Carolina. MST is recognized nationally as a “best practices” model for adjudicated youth.
Intenseive Family Therapy (IFT) follows an integrated, strength based approach that focuses on the most acute factors, which are identified as contributing to family dysfunction. IFT targets children & youth, ages 0-17 years, who have mental health issues, which are impairing his or her family or social relationships. Referrals often come as part of the discharge plan for a psychiatric admission or from outpatient clinicians, caseworkers, or school staff working to avoid hospitalization for at risk youth.
- Typical referral behaviors include: low levels of parental structure or consistency in the home, inappropriate discipline, ineffective parenting techniques, poor school performance, low frustration tolerance, significant mental health challenges and interpersonal issues.
- Therapists work closely with the client’s school and community. Within the school, the therapist assists with issues related to: acting out behaviors, impulsivity, inattentiveness, social skills deficits, truancy, tardiness, academic struggles, and others. Therapists often attend Individualized Education Plan meetings to assist with advocating for families to help clients receive most appropriate services for their academic and behavioral needs.