CAFS Programs

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic evaluates and treats emotional disturbance in children, adolescents and provides support for their families. The clinic serves children and adolescents, ages 5-18 with a variety of emotional and behavioral problems including disruptive, attention-deficit, mood (including depression and bipolar disorders), anxiety, post-traumatic stress, and psychotic disorders. A multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, social workers, and trainees in their respective disciplines, offers a wide range of treatment options, including individual therapy, group therapy, parent training and support, family therapy and medication evaluation and management.  

Clinicians and trainees are trained in play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Family Therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy modalities. The clinic also offers evidence-based specific treatment modalities including: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) to address children and adolescents who experience traumatic events, the Coping Cat Program to address anxiety symptoms in children, Parent Training (PT) to address parenting skills for guardians of children with disruptive behavior disorders, and ACTION to address depressive symptoms in children and adolescents.

Services are offered in Spanish to accommodate Spanish speaking families.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Program provides evidence-based comprehensive DBT treatment for adolescents ages 14-18, at risk of engaging in self-harming behaviors, and with mood and impulse issues. Adolescents are screened for the program, and referred to a DBT trained clinician. Parents and adolescents engage in weekly DBT skills training groups, while adolescents also engage in weekly individual therapy. Those adolescents in the program in need of medication evaluation and management services are provided such services by a DBT-informed psychiatrist or trainee.

Social Skills Group Therapy Program provides weekly, group therapy (Coping Power, Incredible Years, structured play therapy) for children ages 7-12 who struggle with disruptive behavior, including attention-deficit, and oppositional and defiant behaviors. The children are placed is age-specific groups, such as ages 7-8, 9-10, and 11-12 therapy groups that address:  peer interpersonal relationships, emotional identification and regulation conflict resolution skills and problem solving.

The Therapeutic Nursery is a center based Early Intervention Program whose mission is to provide services for toddlers 1-3 year old with developmental delays and/or behavioral problems. The services offered at the Therapeutic Nursery include special instruction, family counseling and family support. We work in a collaborative team setting, which includes a special education teacher, a social worker and child psychiatry fellows. Our sessions are two hours a day and meet for three days a week, Monday through Wednesday. Parents/ Caregivers and interventionists participate with the children during the two hour sessions, which are geared to encourage and facilitate age appropriate social skills and play behavior. This Program is publicly funded and regulated by The New York State Department of Health (NYDOH) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Program is an approved provider of Early Intervention services and operates under a contract with NYDOH and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. These services are provided at no out of pocket cost to parents but health insurance may be accessed for reimbursement for eligible children and their families.

All children must be referred to New York City to access program services. If a parent or health care provider suspects that any child under three years of age has a developmental delay (including speech, motor, social emotional, vision or hearing), they can request an evaluation by calling 311 in New York City. Eligibility for Early Intervention services can only be determined by State-approved evaluators under contract with New York City. If a child is found eligible for the Program, all needed service are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by New York City. The City will then arrange for service providers to provide the authorized services, considering the individual needs of the child and family. When early intervention services are delivered in child care settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any associated cost with such access to child care or community locations.