Our Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Program's highly trained staff — including physicians and faculty affiliated with Yale School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry — takes a multidisciplinary approach in diagnosing, understanding and treating the patient's type and severity of illness. Patients are typically followed by a psychiatrist, social worker and nurse, along with unit-based milieu counselors, recreational/occupational therapists and patient care associates. The goal of our treatment is to stabilize and reduce acute psychiatric symptoms, teach coping skills, encourage family intervention and establish an aftercare plan — all within the context of the unique emotional, cognitive and social development of adolescents.
Clinical services provided by our Adolescent Inpatient Program may include:
- Comprehensive and multidisciplinary biopsychosocial evaluation
- Psychopharmacologic evaluation and management
- Crisis-oriented intensive family and individual therapy
- Structured group therapy, utilizing cognitive-behavioral approaches to symptom management, interpersonal effectiveness and coping skills
- Collaboration and coordination with educational institutions
- Discharge planning and collaboration with the adolescent's school, outpatient clinicians, family, and other community agencies to facilitate an integrated approach, to establish comprehensive transition plans, and to promote the adolescent's optimal functioning.