Children’s Advocacy Program

This is a required rotation conducted four hours per week for six months in the second year of the Child and Adolescent Fellowship. The CAC clinical experience consists of functioning as a consulting psychiatrist to a community based philanthropically funded children’s advocacy program that is designed to evaluate and treat physically and sexually abused children. Trainees will attend a weekly multidisciplinary meeting during which cases are reviewed. Trainees are also expected to prepare and present at least one education didactic for the staff during the six-month rotation. Clinically, trainees will conduct second opinion evaluations, medication evaluations, and medication management follow-up appointments with patients at the center. Additionally, trainees will participate in the forensic evaluations completed at the center with new cases of alleged abuse. Trainees will also have the opportunity to interact with schools, foster care agencies, the New York City Police Department Special Crime Victims Unit, the District Attorney’s office, and the family court system. Onsite supervision is provided by a faculty member who travels to the clinic with the trainees. Social workers, social work interns, a pediatrician, patient and family advocates, and several volunteers also staff the CAC.

Children treated at the center range in age from three to 21 years old. The CAC is one of a series of regional centers in New York City, and as a result, it serves a wide ranging demographic population. The type of pathology most commonly encountered includes PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and family psychopathology. The center has on average 20 to 25 patients being medicated and they will be managed jointly by the attending and trainee. There are approximately 40 to 50 patients and families in ongoing treatment at the center and additional patients are seen for evaluation.


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