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Clinical Training Sites

Dr. Debbie Carter
Depending on the clinical site, Harris Program Fellows provide a variety of services, including:
    • Weekly individual, group, and/or parent-child dyadic therapy as well as developmental and other appropriate interventions
    • Complete intake, diagnostic assessments/evaluations, developmental testing
    • Classroom observation
    • Formulate treatment plans
    • Consultation with parents and families about behavioral interventions, parent education, infant/child development
    • Consultation with site staff related to behavior management approaches, postpartum depression, developmental interventions, medication evaluations, and referrals for psychiatric evaluation and/or psychological testing


Clinical Site Placements:

 Project CLIMB (Consultation & Liaison in Mental Health & Behavior)/Healthy Steps

​Project CLIMB/Healthy Steps is a collaborative effort between the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Child Health Clinic at The Children’s Hospital to facilitate the early identification and treatment of mental health and behavioral issues within a primary pediatric care setting and to increase access to mental health services in an underserved population. It is staffed by a transdisciplinary team, which includes a psychiatrist, psychologist, pediatricians, postdoctoral fellow, psychiatry fellows, psychology interns, pediatric residents, and staff from the Child Health Clinic. The team provides developmental interventions, diagnostic assessments, medication evaluations, staff consultation and training, psychosocial and behavioral group and individual interventions, and recommendations for treatment of infants, children and adolescents seen in a primary care setting. (Clinical Site Supervisors: Drs. Ayelet Talmi, Melissa Buchholz, & Bridget Burnett)2

 Fussy Baby Program

​As a replication site for the Fussy Baby National Network out of the Erikson Institute in Chicago, The Harris Program is a partner in developing the Fussy Baby Colorado program. Designed to help parents struggling with infant crying, the program’s components include a Warmline, a Home Visitation program, and program infusion into the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic in conjuction with Project CLIMB at The Children’s Hospital. Fellows primary responsibilities will include fielding warmline calls, conducting home visits, and implementing the fussy baby program protocol in the primary care setting. (Clinical Site Supervisor: Dr. Karen Frankel)3

 Young Moms Clinic

The Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program/Young Mothers Clinic (CAMP/YMC) is a combined ob/gyn and pediatric clinic that serves adolescent mothers up to age 22 and their children. The patient population is urban, low income, and racially diverse.  The primary aims of CAMP/YMC are to reduce the repeat pregnancy rate among adolescent mothers and improve educational and developmental outcomes for adolescent mothers and their children. Patients receive comprehensive multidisciplinary care, which includes case management, nutrition, dentistry and integrated behavioral health services, in addition to pediatric and obstetrical care. The behavioral health team is staffed by social workers, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, and trainees from psychology and social work. Behavioral health services offered include staff consultation; medication evaluation and management; developmental, psychosocial and mental health assessment and interventions; and individual psychotherapy. (Clinical Site Supervisor: Dr. Bethany Ashby)4

 The Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic

​The Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic is a multidisciplinary treatment team (pediatricians, otolaryngologists, specialists, plastic surgeons, nurses, occupational therapists, social work, speech therapist pediatric dentists, orthodontist, audiologist, genetic counselors,) which specializes in treating the medical, developmental and psychosocial needs of the child with cleft lip and/or palate and their family. The clinic is held 2-3 times per month and sees families for a comprehensive yearly workup. Families usually come to clinic soon after the birth of their baby when the anomaly is discovered, and many of the patients are very young children. The Harris Fellow in this site works as a member of the multidisciplinary team consulting to families and professionals about the psychosocial issues which may arise when for a family with a baby or child with a craniofacial anomaly. Fellows do onsite consultation, evaluations, and referrals for additional services. (Clinical Site Supervisors: Dr. Karen Frankel & Ms. Jamie Idelberg)6


​KidStreet is a multidisciplinary program that provides care for children six weeks to four years of age who are dependent on medical technology and demonstrate some level of cognitive or developmental delay. The children receive nursing care, physical, occupational, and speech/language therapy throughout the day. Other services provided include music therapy, consultation with vision therapists, and participation in the prescription pet program; an art therapy program is currently being established. KidStreet serves as a practicum site for nursing, therapy, special education students and medical residents. The program staff interface with primary and specialty providers to coordinate evaluation and care for children enrolled in the program. KidStreet is situated on the Clayton Early Education campus, which allows collaboration with other professionals in the pursuit of improved outcomes for our children and families. (Clinical Site Supervisor: Dr. Melissa Buchholz)7

 Right Start for Infant Mental Health

Right Start for Infant Mental Health is a specialized program at the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD), the designated mental health authority for the City and County of Denver and the largest provider of community mental health services in the Rocky Mountain region, that provides clinical services to pregnant women and children ages birth to five and their families. Right Start serves a predominantly low-income, culturally diverse, underserved population experiencing a number of stressors including poverty, involvement with child protective services, parental mental illness/substance abuse and other family disruptions. Right Start offers comprehensive, family-focused interventions, case management, and psychiatric evaluation and medication monitoring. Fellows on the Right Start team will provide relationship-based infant/early childhood mental health services to families in our outpatient clinic. Services include: comprehensive relationship assessment (with training in the Crowell Play Procedure, and the Working Model of the Child Interview), Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and other interventions as appropriate. The two licensed psychologists on the Right Start team are graduates of the Irving Harris Fellowship. (Clinical Site Supervisor: Dr. Shannon Bekman)8

 Healthy Expectations

The Healthy Expectations Perinatal Mental Health Program at Children's Hospital Colorado supports pregnant and postpartum women and their families who are struggling with mood and anxiety issues. We provide evaluations for medical, psychological and/or social matters in the perinatal period. The program uses the evidence-based, Mother-Infant Therapy Group model of Dr. Roseanne Clark.  We offer a free weekly mom-to-mom support group, as well as individual counseling, couples counseling, group therapy and mother-infant support billed through insurance for mothers in the postpartum period. For pregnant mothers, we offer a weekly topic-based support group also billed through insurance. (Clinical Site Supervisor: Dr. Jennifer Paul9

 Warm Connections

​Warm Connections is an innovative program that combines three proven developmental/mental health approaches and offers them in a setting where no other behavioral health services are available and where thousands of low-income families are seen annually: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Warm Connections staffs WIC clinics with highly qualified early child, infant and maternal health specialists to: 1) offer preventive behavioral, social-emotional and developmental support using a two-generational, community-based, urgent-concern approach; 2) conduct screening for perinatal mood symptoms and support intervention and referral for positive screens; 3) link WIC participants to resources within the early childhood system of care; and 4) educate and reflectively support WIC educators to work with participants from a trauma- and infant mental health-informed perspective. Such activities aim to improve parental and child emotional health and promote positive development among this underserved population. (Clinical Site Supervisors: Drs. Kelly Glaze and Ashley Sward) 10

 The Special Care Clinic

​The Special Care Clinic at Children's Hospital Colorado is a comprehensive and integrated program that offers both primary care and consultation services to children with chronic medical conditions and special health care needs.  This clinic specializes in treating children with special health care needs, including children with genetic disorders, developmental disabilities, complex chronic medical conditions and high-risk newborns.  We also care for the healthy siblings of children with special needs. We offer consultation services for children who live at a distance from Denver. The Special Care Clinic also performs assessment and management strategies for community care providers. (Clinical Site Supervisor: Dr. Melissa Buchholz)11