Clinical Training Sites

UCONN HEALTH, UConn JOHN DEMPSEY HOSPITAL

UConn John Dempsey Hospital is the principal teaching hospital of the University of Connecticut Medical School. The hospital is located in Farmington, about 10 miles west of Hartford, the Connecticut state capital. The UConn Health Department of Psychiatry and Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry are located at UConn Health. Didactic lectures in child psychiatry, supervision, and departmental grand rounds occur at this site.

UNIVERSITY HEALTH PARTNERS AMBULATORY CLINIC (UHP Child Clinic)

The UHP Clinic is the site of the Division's outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry clinic. Located 10 minutes from UConn Health in West Hartford, the clinic serves children with behavioral health difficulties and early onset psychiatric disorders from 4 to 20 years old and their families. The UHP Clinic is the primary UConn Health teaching site for outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry. Pediatrics and adolescent medicine are co-located within the same facility allowing the child resident opportunities to develop skills in consultation with pediatric primary care physicians. UHP Clinic includes “ASD clinic” that provides psychiatric care for children with autism spectrum disorders with or without associated medical syndromes. During this rotation child fellows are introduced to ADOS, review neuropsychological evaluations, advocate for families to have access to supportive services. Fellows are involved in collaboration with BCBA, neuropsychologist, occupational, physical and speech therapist to facilitate coordination of care. Psychotherapy experience also occurs at UHP Child Clinic.

HOMECARE PROGRAM

The HomeCare Program is funded by the state of Connecticut and is focused on providing mental health services to court-involved adolescents. The Program is located in several Federally Qualified Health Care Centers (FQHCs) around the state. The FQHCs are supported by the federal government to delivery comprehensive health care services to generally poor, inner-city children and their families. Within the FQHC are dentistry, obstetrics and gynecology, family and community medicine, radiology, and psychiatry services. These multidisciplinary settings offer the child psychiatry fellows’ ample opportunities to interact with other medical disciplines around consultation questions, and the evaluation and treatment of early-onset psychiatric disorders. HomeCare sites are located in Hartford, Meriden, and Middletown, CT; all about 20 to 25 minutes driving from UConn Health. Child fellows go to the Meriden location.

MANSON YOUTH TRAINING INSTITUTE (MYI)

Manson is Connecticut's correctional facility for incarcerated male adolescents 12-19 years old. Because research increasingly identifies youths in corrections as having high rates of undiagnosed and untreated psychiatric disorders, the Division runs a once-weekly child psychiatry clinic within the prison. Child Psychiatry fellows work directly with a Division child psychiatrist in the clinic to evaluate and treat incarcerated adolescents. This rotation is very consistent with the Division's emphasis on training child psychiatrists for work in the public sector.

CONNECTICUT CHILDREN'S

Located about 20 minutes driving time from UConn Health, Connecticut Children's is a busy free-standing pediatrics hospital dedicated to serving the pediatrics needs of children in inner-city Hartford. Connecticut Children's has multiple primary care and specialty ambulatory and inpatient services. The UConn child and adolescent psychiatry rotations in pediatric ED psychiatry, consultation/liaison and in pediatric neurology occur at Connecticut Children's.

WHEELER CLINIC

The Wheeler Clinic is a large multi-specialty mental health clinic located 15 minutes from UConn Health. Child and adolescent psychiatry fellows will rotate on the crisis service here. The crisis service is a mobile mental health emergency service that responds to the mental health needs of children, youth, and families in crisis at home, school or other places. UConn Health child fellows accompany Wheeler Clinic crisis clinicians during a 6 month rotation dedicated to a clinical experience in emergency mental health evaluation and management.

CHILDREN’S CENTER HAMDEN (CC Hamden)

This experience will occur 20% time over a six-month period in the second year of the child psychiatry fellowship at the Children’s Center of Hamden. CC Hamden provides substance abuse outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment and community-based after care to male and female adolescents, aged 12-17, with diverse cultural background in the Greater New Haven area. Child fellows will participate in assessment, individual, family, and group treatments of adolescents with addictions. The program uses two evidence-based models proven to help teens abstain or reduce substance use, participate in positive activities and meet his or her personal goals: Adolescent Community Reinforcement approach (A-CRA) and Assertive Continuing Care (ACC). Child fellows will be expected to use case studies from the practicum during the addictions module of the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Seminar.

ALBERT J. SOLNIT CENTER, SOUTH (AJSC)

The UConn Health Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers a required 6-month full-time (70% time weekly) inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry experience located at the Albert J. Solnit Center. AJSC is located in Middletown, CT approximately 25 minutes from the UConn Health Department of Psychiatry. Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center–South Campus is a state-administered psychiatric facility for Connecticut’s children who are under the age of eighteen. The South Campus consists of four coed hospital units and three female adolescent psychiatric residential treatment facility cottages (PRTF). The Solnit Center provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents with severe mental illness and related behavioral and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting.

Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center/CREC

The Farmington Valley Diagnostic Center (FVDC) provides an interim educational setting for students who are experiencing significant difficulties in their own school or transitioning from one educational setting to another. Our fellows under direct faculty supervision work closely with families, schools and community providers to develop a comprehensive plan to address the educational, social/emotional and transitional needs of each student. Special attention is given to the exploration of "next steps" which may include a return to the home school district, magnet, charter or vocational school and the development of post-secondary plans. The UConn Health Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellow rotates here 10% time over a six-month period during their first year.