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For more information, contact the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at:
Our first priority is to evaluate and treat primary care patients at Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children, collaborating with your child’s treatment team on all major decisions affecting his/her mental and medical health.
If your child receives care outside of Mass General, we will try to direct you to other clinical resources for assessment and treatment. Depending on your child's situation, he or she also may benefit from taking part in one of our ongoing research studies. For more information, please call 617-726-2725.
Our program focuses on children and adolescents, though we often care for these patients well into adulthood.
The most common conditions we treat include:
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Prior to your child's first appointment, we will mail you a questionnaire to gather information on medical and family history, the child's development and the problems that concern you. Completing this questionnaire and bringing it with you will make the visit more efficient.
At the initial visit, you and your child will meet with a child psychiatrist, child clinical psychologist, child psychiatrist resident or child clinical psychology intern. Depending on the type of evaluation, you instead might meet with a senior staff psychiatrist and third- or fourth-year adult psychiatry resident.
If your child is experiencing particularly complex problems, he/she might benefit from a larger team evaluation. In such cases, a senior staff psychiatrist or psychologist will perform the evaluation while being observed by a group of residents or interns.
Typically a diagnosis is made after the first or second visit. However, sometimes it is necessary to have psychological testing completed for confirmation. As a next step, we will discuss with you our recommendations for your child's treatment.
Short-term therapy services are provided for certain diagnoses with follow-up as indicated. Some diagnoses require long-term care and whenever feasible, once your child has been stabilized, we work with providers in the community to assume responsibility for ongoing treatment. In this situation we are available to re-evaluate your child and resume responsibility for his/her care if necessary.
The Department of Psychiatry has extremely competitive and robust training programs. Most of our clinicians are actively involved in teaching and supervision, often presenting cases to residents and interns for discussion. The interaction between clinicians and trainees means that an enormous amount of thought goes into patient care—especially for those patients with unusually challenging conditions.
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Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS)Specialized support for teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 and 26 and their parents as they deal with their substance use and related problems.
The Alan and Lorraine Bressler Clinical & Research Program for Autism Spectrum DisordersProgram dedicated to improving the clinical care of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, to advance the education of patients, families and service providers about these conditions and to expand the scientific understanding of these disorders.
Child and Adolescent Medical-Psychiatry (ChAMP) ClinicOutpatient psychiatric consultation for children with co-morbid medical and known or suspected psychiatric symptoms.
Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)Advanced clinical care for pediatric patients in the context of cognitive behavioral therapy.
Clay Center for Young Healthy MindsAn educational resource for parents and other caregivers on the mental health needs of children and young adults who struggle with behavioral, emotional and learning challenges.
Eating Disorders Clinical & Research ProgramOutpatient evaluation and treatment for patients seven and up with feeding and eating disorders.
Family and Couples Therapy ProgramConsultation and therapy to families facing a wide range of challenges across the life cycle and groups for new parents looking for support and guidance in parenting young children.
First Episode and Early Psychosis ProgramConsultations and care for adolescents and young adults with the first episode of psychosis.
Juvenile Court Consultation Program (JCCP)Court-ordered clinical assessments and consultation services to the Juvenile Courts of Suffolk and Norfolk counties.
Learning and Emotional Assessment Program (LEAP)Assessments for young people ages 2 to 22 who have developmental difficulties and consultations with their parents, teachers and care providers.
Parenting at a Challenging Time (PACT)Guidance for parents with cancer who receive treatment at the Mass General Cancer Center who are concerned about the impact their cancer diagnosis and treatment may have on their children.
Pediatric Behavioral Medicine ProgramBehavioral assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with chronic and acute medical illnesses and their families. Our team of pediatric psychologists is also committed to furthering research and training in pediatric behavioral medicine toward improving adjustment to illness and quality of life for children and families
Pediatric Consultation-Liaison ServicePsychiatric care for children admitted to the MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Tic Disorders ProgramCare for children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder, tic disorders and associated co-occurring conditions, including hair-pulling and skin picking disorders, anxiety disorders and ADHD. Program provides consultation, evaluation, psycho-education and ongoing medication management.
Pediatric Psychiatry Emergency Consult ServiceCare for children and adolescents who present with acute psychiatric crises in the Mass General Emergency Department (ED). Common problems include suicidal thoughts or suicide attempts, psychotic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use or significant physical illness with acute psychiatric or neuropsychiatric manifestations. Young patients who present with acute psychiatric illness are cared for in the ED until a safe discharge to another level of care can be arranged, such as discharge to existing outpatient providers or referral to partial hospitalization programs or inpatient psychiatric units.
Pediatric Psychopharmacology ProgramMedication management of psychiatric disorders afflicting the young, with a special focus on pediatric mood, anxiety and bipolar disorders, autism spectrum disorders and child and adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC)A brief screening questionnaire used by pediatricians and other health professionals to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children.
Performance And Character Excellence in Sports (PACES) InstitutePromotion of healthy psychological functioning, character and optimal athletic performance for athletes of all ages.
Psychology Assessment Center (PAC)Neuropsychological and psychological assessment for individuals across the life span, from infancy through geriatrics.
Resilience Enhancement and Prevention Program Program to help young people develop better coping skills for managing stress with a focus on teaching techniques that increase well-being and the capacity to manage emotional reactions.
School PsychiatryThis site was created for and by parents, educators and clinicians working together to support children and teens with mental health conditions.
Think: KidsThink:Kids is a program that trains adults in a revolutionary new way of helping kids with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
Transitional Age Youth Clinic Diagnostic evaluations for emerging adults age 18-26. Common reasons for evaluation include new onset of significant psychiatric illness (such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders or psychotic disorders), transition to independent living with new providers or a more extensive network of care and graduation from the therapeutic educational system with the need for vocational and residential support.
Clay Center for Young Healthy MindsThe Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds aims to be an educational resource for parents and other caregivers on the mental health needs of children and young adults who struggle with behavioral, emotional and learning challenges.
The Fatherhood ProjectThe Fatherhood Project works to improve the health and well-being of children by empowering fathers to be active, informed and emotionally engaged with their children and families.
Psychiatry Patient & Family Resource CenterA resource for patients and families providing free educational programs and information about mental health issues from Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry.
Two physician scientists from MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) have received pilot feasibility grants to conduct innovative preliminary research in the fields of pediatric gastroenterology, endocrinology and behavioral health.
The National Quality Forum has endorsed MGH’s Pediatric Symptom Checklist in its Behavioral Health and Substance Use, Fall 2017 Cycle: CDP Report.
The Down Syndrome Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and MGHfC remains one of the largest of its kind in the world, offering “one-stop” state-of-the-art care for people with Down syndrome. The multidisciplinary team is now expanding and is delighted to announce these new clinicians.
Timothy E. Wilens, MD, chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), was honored as the inaugural incumbent of the MGH Trustees Endowed Chair in Addiction Medicine.
New research from MassGeneral Hospital for Children shows the benefits of estrogen replacement therapy for improving physiological and psychological outcomes in young females with anorexia nervosa.
After years of planning and thanks to the help of generous donors, The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds: Developing Resilience through Engagement, Awareness and Media (DREAM) is a reality.
Dr. Timothy Wilens, director of the Center for Addiction Medicine and Substance Abuse Services in Pediatric Psychopharmacology at MassGeneral for Children, discusses Molly, the new club drug that’s been associated with overdoses in New England.
Ellen B. Braaten, PhD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offers tips on how parents can help their teens through a break up.
A recent study published in Pediatrics found that kids and teens exposed to an aggressive rivalry with their siblings tend to report more depression, anxiety, and anger than other kids. MassGeneral for Children Psychologist Ellen Braaten, PhD, Director of the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program, explains the findings and shares tips to recognize and deal with the situation.
Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, offers advice for parents at home with their kids in lockdown, as law enforcement continues its investigation.
The National Quality Forum endorses the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pediatric Symptom Checklist, a screening questionnaire used by pediatricians to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children.
Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, and Steve Schlozman, MD, examine research that shows no causal relationship between violent games and violent behavior. They also offer advice for parents on TV watching and video game playing.
Gene Beresin, MD, director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training at Massachusetts General Hospital and director of the MGH Center for Mental Health and Media, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers after a national tragedy.
Gene Beresin, MD, and Steve Schlozman, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on managing holiday stress.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children(MGHFC) recently rolled out two new clinics – the Angelman Syndrome Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry (ChAMP) Clinic – and a new weight and asthma program, Inspired Health.
Steve Schlozman, MD, and Gene Beresin, MD, of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Psychiatry Department offer advice to parents on helping their teens and young children transition back to school.
Gene Beresin, MD, co-director of the Center for Mental Health and Media and medical director of the MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, shares advice on how to talk to children and teenagers about the recent shooting at the movie theater in Aurora, CO.
Mass General offers a number of pediatric training programs for clinicians at every level:
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ResidencyThis two-year program of specialized training in child and adolescent psychiatry is offered in collaboration with McLean Hospital.
Clinical Psychology Internship - Child TrackA predoctoral internship for matriculated doctoral students enrolled in clinical or counseling psychology programs. Interns in the child elective spend approximately 50% of their direct clinic services time in the Child Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic.
Mass General Psychiatry AcademyUtilizing the faculty and resources of Mass General's Department of Psychiatry, the Psychiatry Academy works with clinicians, departments, governments and others to improve the mental health of patients worldwide through innovative teaching methods, technology, educational research and institution level consultation.
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
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