The outpatient services program provides more than 18,000 clinical visits each year. Children are referred for a wide variety of concerns, including, anxiety disorders, psychoses, behavior problems, school problems, affective disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, developmental delay, intellectual disabilities and a range of adjustment problems.
Through individual child and family interviews, the assessment clinician examines your child’s current challenges, strengths and functioning level, as well as their developmental, educational, family, medical and psychiatric history.
Psychological, neuropsychological, developmental, or speech and language testing may supplement a diagnostic evaluation. We provide referrals to diagnostic and treatment services at the hospital for children experiencing neurological, medical or surgical problems.
When appropriate (and with parental permission), an evaluation may include information gathered through interviews with, or reports from, teachers, pediatricians, caseworkers, counselors, lawyers and other professionals who have played a key role in the child’s life.
Children and teens that may benefit from our outpatient psychiatry services face one or a combination of the following problems:
Adjustment reactions to medical illness
Aggressive, Oppositional or Disruptive Behavior
Psychological effects of physical or sexual abuse
Bedwetting or Soiling
Sadness or Depression
Developmental disorders including autism
Difficulties with Family or Peer Relationships
Fears or Anxiety
Speech and language problems
Stress associated with a traumatic event
For each child, our primary treatment goals are to relieve troubling symptoms, enhance psychological development, and improve functioning at home, school, and in the community. Specific goals include helping children to:
Identify and manage painful emotions
Cope adaptively with stressful situations
Control troublesome behavior
Improve learning abilities
Communicate more effectively
Form and maintain positive relationships
Make use of innate talents and abilitie
Each child follows an individualized treatment plan composed of treatment modalities to best meet their needs. The treatment plan considers the child’s diagnostic, family, cultural, social and educational situations. Treatment modalities may include:
Short-term individual psychotherapy
Specialized services for child victims of traumatic events
Remedial services for communication disorders
Behavior management training for parents
A Multidisciplinary Professional Staff
Our clinical staff includes child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists, all of whom hold faculty appointments at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Staff also includes social workers, a speech and language pathologist, and advanced pediatric nurses. Each professional brings dedication and specialized expertise to the individualized care every child and teenager receives. Clinicians review each child’s progress and refine the treatment plan as needed. Throughout treatment, clinicians may provide consultation to schools and community agencies as needed.