Adolescent Mental Health

This rotation experience will target the specific mental health needs of adolescent patients (ages 12–18 years) and their families. Interns will gain exposure to a range of presenting problems (e.g., mood disorders; anxiety disorders; eating disorders; trauma; family conflict; conduct problems; substance use problems) while also learning to navigate the complexity of parent-child interactions during youth transition to greater independence and autonomy in treatment. Interns will also learn how to conduct health risk behavior assessments as well as safety planning around suicidality and self-harm related behaviors. Treatment modality will include cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, and family systems approaches. Routine outcomes monitoring will be used to evaluate patient progress and guide planning.