Child & Adolescent Psychiatry High Intensity Treatment Programs

Clerkship Number: 409-025

Location: The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital

Committee Members: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty

Duration: One month, full-time

Months Offered: All year except July & August

# of Students: One per rotation

Prerequisite: Third Year Curriculum

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Goals and Objectives

The student will gain familiarity with commonly encountered psychiatric disorders of childhood. She/he will hone their skills in child and family interviewing, and enhance their abilities to diagnose children and adolescents with psychiatric illness.

Program Description

To accomplish these goals, students at the Institute of Living campus will have the opportunity to work with children in a variety of therapeutic settings including the inpatient units They will be exposed to a variety of behavioral and emotional diagnoses including: conduct disorder, ADHD, dysthymia, PTSD, separation anxiety, etc. Here, she/he will actively participate in initial assessments, observe family admission interviews, work with a multidisciplinary staff around diagnosis and treatment planning all under the supervision of the attending child and adolescent psychiatrist. The student will be expected to attend the daily rounds as well as other clinical meetings.

Proposed Activities and Responsibilities

With support of close supervision:

  • To conduct interviews of the patient and family.
  • To develop an assessment and working diagnosis.
  • To develop and follow-through with a treatment plan that is brief and focused on the solution of a specific problem.
  • To enhance the skill of physician self-observation.
  • To participate in individual supervision with child and adolescent faculty.
  • To choose a topic of interest as the focus of a literature search and brief presentation.

Formal Teaching

One to one teaching will be provided during scheduled hours each week, in addition to clinical case supervision. Weekly teaching conferences will also be available at Connecticut Children's and the Institute of Living and include Psychiatry departmental grand rounds and case conferences as well as child and adolescent psychiatry didactics.

Wednesday 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Child & Adolescent Didactics, Braceland Bldg, IOL
Thursday 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Institute of Living, Commons Building
Friday 8:00 - 12:00 p.m. Child & Adolescent Didactics, Braceland bldg, IOL

Amount and Type of Supervision

One-to-one supervision will be provided on a daily basis and on a selective basis. This intensive format is designed to provide each student with the opportunity to learn at his/her own pace. Supervision will focus on two major areas: concrete clinical skills and the more elusive task of physician self-observation.

Didactic courses are provided on Wednesday and Friday mornings to review interviewing skills, developmental theory, childhood psychopathology, psychopharmacology, etc.


  • Gemelli (1996). Normal Child & Adolescent Development. American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
  • Jellinek & Herzog. (1990). --Psychiatric Aspects of General Hospital Pediatrics.
  • Kazdin & Weisz (2003). Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents. Guildford Press
  • Martin, (2003). Pediatric Psychopharmacology. Oxford Press.
  • Mash & Barkley (2003). Child Psychopathology. Guildford Press
  • Morrison & Anders (2001). Interviewing Children & Adolescents. Guilford Press.

Revised 5/11/12