Skip to main content
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry clinical rotations

Year one

4 months

4 months

4 months

Adolescent inpatient
(Heritage Oaks Hospital)

Pediatric neurology
(UC Davis Medical Center)
Forensic psychiatry
(Sacramento Assessment and Treatment Center)
Emergency child psychiatry
(Sacramento County Crisis Center)
Developmental pediatric clinic
(UC Davis MIND Institute)

Latency inpatient
(Sutter Center for Psychiatry)
Outpatient
(UC Davis Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic)
Outpatient
(UC Davis Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic)
Outpatient
(UC Davis Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic)
Outpatient
Neurodevelopmental disorders/Psychopharmacology clinic
(UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute)

Year two

4 months

8 months

Pediatric consultation liaison
(Shriners Hospital for ChildrenUC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis Children's Hospital)
Elective and ADHD clinic (UC Davis MIND Institute) with 4 months preschool consultation (Triumph Preschool)

UC Davis Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic

  • The faculty in this clinic consists of two child psychiatrists.  The clinic is also staffed by other attending psychiatrists who treat adult and geriatric patients.

  • In the first year, each resident is individually supervised weekly by a faculty child psychiatrist, and additionally by another child psychiatrist from either the volunteer or full-time clinical faculty.  In the second year, residents are supervised in a group by a faculty child psychiatrist and for an hour individually by another child psychiatry faculty (either volunteer or full-time clinical faculty).  Residents may attend a monthly child psychiatry case conference which is chaired by a faculty child psychiatrist and also attended by general psychiatry residents rotating through the child psychiatry service.

  • The clinic population is approximately 58% male, 42% female; 63.8% Caucasian, 16.2% Hispanic, 15.2% African American, and 4.8% Asian.  The age range is 3-18 years, with approximately 35% from lower socioeconomic groups and 65% from middle socioeconomic groups.  The age distribution is as follows:  12% 3-6 year olds, 42% 7-11 year olds, 19% 12-14 year olds, 27% 15-18 year olds.

    Diagnoses in the clinic vary and many children have multiple diagnoses:  attention deficit hyperactivity disorder/disruptive behavior disorders 31%, mood disorders 37%, psychotic disorders 4%, anxiety disorders 12%.  Other disorders (including pervasive developmental disorders, Tourette's disorder, mental retardation, substance-related disorders, learning disorders, enuresis/encopresis, and attachment disorders) account for 16%.

    Treatment modalities include individual psychotherapy (brief, long-term, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, supportive and crisis-oriented), family therapy, and psychopharmacologic interventions.  This is a managed-care clinic.

  • First-year residents are scheduled approximately four new patient evaluations per month and approximately 16 follow-up patient appointments a month.  Second-year residents are scheduled approximately 12-16 follow-up patient appointments per month.  The average case load by the end of the first year and throughout the second year is approximately 16-20 patients.  Residents assume responsibility for all aspects of patient care in this clinic, including psychotherapeutic interventions, psychopharmacologic interventions (if indicated), family therapy, and any consultation to or collaboration with school or outside agencies.  Residents are expected to develop a caseload of four cases in long-term psychotherapy.

    Back to top

Neurodevelopmental disorders/Psychopharmacology clinic

  • Residents receive direct, on-site supervision from an attending faculty child and adolescent psychiatrist.  In 2010, a neuropsychologist will be supervising and performing evaluations in this clinic.  Medical students and other trainees provide opportunities for teaching.

  • Patients seen in these clinics range in age from three months to 18 years.  The majority of the patients seen in the clinics treating pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) spectrum disorders are male.  Patients represent a broad range of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.  The majority of patients treated in the psychopharmacology clinic are diagnosed with some form of PDD and/or mental retardation.  Patients in this clinic may also be diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and occasionally psychotic disorders.  Many patients also have other medical and developmental disorders, including seizure disorder, Down Syndrome, metabolic disorders, asthma, Fragile X, and other genetic disorders.  Residents perform psychopharmacologic, educational, and behavioral interventions in this clinic.  In the pediatric neurology clinic, presenting concerns and diagnoses often include seizure disorder, headache, cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, PDD spectrum disorders, and concerns regarding infant hypotonia or developmental delays.

  • The residents directly evaluate and treat patients.  They receive on-site supervision by faculty who observe their clinical work from behind a one-way mirror.  Residents then dictate evaluations and progress notes for faculty review.

    Back to top 

Shriners Hospital consultation liaison

  • The faculty consists of a faculty child psychologist and faculty child psychiatrist.

  • Educational experience includes a weekly multidisciplinary case conference and journal club attended by the child psychiatry resident, attending psychologist and psychiatrist, psychology trainees, and medical students.

  • The clinical population at this site ranges in age from infancy to 21 years old.  The population reflects the diverse population in northern California, as well as the large number of patients that are transported to the hospital from other countries (including Mexico, Korea, Honduras, Turkey, American Samoa, and Romania).  Patients are referred from one of four primary treatment teams:  Orthopedics, Burns, Plastic Surgery or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R).  Services provided include psychiatric evaluation of children, adolescents and families with associated treatment recommendations; consultation to the primary treatment team and school staff in order to facilitate their understanding and management of a range of emotional, behavioral, and systems issues affecting the child; ongoing treatment, including recommendations for medication management and behavioral interventions; and provision of brief, supportive, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.  Medical conditions for which treatment is sought often include burns, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, spinal cord injury, meningococcemia, and injuries due to violence and childhood physical abuse.  The psychiatric diagnoses most often encountered include:  delirium, PTSD and other anxiety disorders, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, and ADHD.

  • Cases are managed primarily by the resident with concurrent supervisor review.  The resident attends weekly multidisciplinary Burn team and Rehabilitation team rounds (participating services include surgery, PM&R, nursing, social work, child life, occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreational therapy, vocational counseling and education).  Residents also participate in multidisciplinary family conferences.  Resident caseload is between 3-5 cases.  Given the extended length of stay required by many patients, the resident may follow several patients for the duration of the rotation.

  • Supervision is often "live" in that the supervisor observes the resident interviewing a child and his/her family and interacting with the multidisciplinary team, both on the floor and during medical service rounds.  Individual supervision is provided daily.  Group supervision is scheduled once a week and often includes medical students and psychology interns.

  • Shriners Hospital for Children is on site at the UC Davis Medical Center.

    Back to top 

Pediatric consultation liaison (UC Davis Children's Hospital)

  • The faculty consists of a  child and adolescent psychiatrist.

  • Pediatric consultation liaison rounds are held regularly and include medical students and psychology interns.  All team members have an opportunity to present at weekly journal club and multidisciplinary case conference at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

  • Services provided include psychiatric evaluation of children, adolescents, and families with associated treatment recommendations; working with the primary treatment team to facilitate their understanding and management of a range of emotional, behavioral, and systems issues affecting the child; ongoing treatment, including recommendations for medication management and behavioral interventions; and provision of short-term and cognitive behavioral therapy.  Services are coordinated with the Child Life Program and Pediatric Social Services, along with the primary consulting medical/surgical team.  Medical conditions for which psychiatric consultation is sought are of a great variety but include: suicide attempts, accidents, victims of violence and abuse, cancer, cystic fibrosis, delirium, pulmonary, endocrine, infectious disease, cardiology, and renal problems.  The population is approximately 58% male and 42% female; ages range from infancy to 18 years.  The population is approximately 51% Caucasian, 32% Hispanic, 9% African American, and 8% Other.  Approximately 32% of the psychiatric diagnoses made are mood disorders, 22% adjustment disorders, 16% ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders, 12% PTSD and other anxiety disorders.  The remainder represents a range of disorders, including psychotic disorders, delirium, and mental retardation.

  • The service receives approximately 16-24 new consultations a month.  A typical caseload for a child psychiatry resident is 2-5 cases.  The short-stay nature of some of the pediatric services means that an evaluation and disposition often needs to be provided in one to three days, although some of the consults may come from services with longer lengths of stay.  Consultations are often requested by trauma surgery, pediatric intensive care, obstetrics (maternal competency), and emergency services.  Cases are worked up and managed primarily by the resident, but are reviewed concurrently with the faculty supervisor.  The supervisor often observes the resident interviewing a child and his/her family and interacting with pediatric residents and other members of the treatment team, and so is able to provide supervision to residents around these interactions.

  • Individual supervision is available daily when the resident is on the service.  Group supervision is scheduled twice a week and includes medical students.  The resident is also expected to provide at least one hour a week of teaching to the medical student in addition to the usual clinical supervision.

    Back to top

Latency inpatient (Sutter Center for Psychiatry)

  • This is a required first year, four-month rotation at Sutter Center for Psychiatry, with focus on evaluation and treatment of latency-aged children.

  • Four, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists staff the site. Residents are directly supervised by these psychiatrists and also work closely with educational, nursing and social work staff, and mental health workers.

  • Direct on-site supervision is provided.

  • Residents carry up to four cases on this rotation. They are responsible for performing comprehensive initial assessments under direct supervision of the attending psychiatrist, and generating an appropriate differential diagnosis and biopsychosocial treatment plan. Individual psychotherapy and psychopharmacologic management is provided by the resident, under supervision. The resident works directly with social work staff to assess and treat the family. Residents collaborate closely with county social workers, foster agency workers, child protective services, children’s attorneys, and others in the provision of care.

    Back to top

Outpatient clinic (Sacramento County Outpatient Clinic and Crisis Center)

Adolescent inpatient unit (Heritage Oaks Hospital)

  • This is a required rotation for four months at the Sacramento County Health and Human Services inpatient adolescent service at Heritage Oaks Hospital.

  • Three faculty child psychiatrists staff this site.  Additionally, residents work with hospital-based social workers, nursing staff, internists, and mental health workers.

  • Direct on-site supervision is provided.  Residents round daily with the attending child psychiatrist, medical student, and occasional general psychiatry resident.  Hence, significant opportunities for teaching are available at this site.  A weekly journal club is included.

  • This is an adolescent unit.  The county child/adolescent mental health population is approximately 60% male, 40% female, 47% Caucasian, 24% African American, 12% Hispanic, 3% Asian, and 14% other.  Cases of major mood disorders and psychotic disorders are frequently seen.  Most adolescents treated on this service are diagnosed with multiple co-morbid disorders as well, including anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and parent-child relational problems.  A significant number of children treated on this service have histories of abuse and/or neglect; many reside in foster or group homes.  Treatment provided in hospital includes milieu, group therapy, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, psychopharmacology, art therapy, and recreation therapy.

  • Residents carry 3-4 cases during this rotation.  They are responsible for performing comprehensive initial assessments under direct supervision of the attending psychiatrist, and generating an appropriate differential diagnosis and biopsychosocial treatment plan.  Individual psychotherapy and psychopharmacologic management is provided by the resident, under supervision.  The resident works directly with social work staff to assess and treat the family. Residents collaborate closely with county social workers, foster agency workers, child protective services, children's attorneys, and others in the provision of care.

    Back to top 

Forensic psychiatry (Sacramento Assessment Center)

  • The Sacramento Assessment and Treatment Center (SATC) is a required rotation in the first year of child psychiatry training providing experience in forensic child psychiatry.  The rotation consists of two half days per week for a duration of 4 months.  SATC is a level 12 group home affiliated with Juvenile Hall.  Adolescents are placed at SATC when they have been arrested and a judge has determined that their current living environment is unsuitable.  The purpose of SATC is to assess these juveniles for mental illness and to make treatment and placement recommendations to their probation officer.  The assessment is a team-based process in which multiple aspects of the child’s functioning are assessed, including family, educational, psychological, current functioning, medical, and psychiatric.  The assessment team meets weekly as a group to discuss findings and develop recommendations, which are provided to the child’s probation officer.

  • Faculty at this site consists of one child psychiatrist.  The resident interacts with multiple other non-faculty mental health professionals, including probation officers, psychologists, school psychologists, social workers, and other group home staff.

  • Residents work directly with the on-site attending child psychiatrist to assess 12-16 cases during their four-month rotation.  The resident is expected to do comprehensive psychiatric evaluations of juveniles placed in the juvenile justice system and to present their assessment at the team meeting.  Residents make recommendations to the child’s probation officer under the supervision of child psychiatry attending based on their evaluations and information gained in team meeting.  Residents are supervised throughout this process by direct observation, chart review, clinical discussions, and individual supervision.  Residents learn to produce a detailed report for the court regarding their recommendations.

  • The clinic population is approximately 61% male and 39% female.  Approximately 42% are African American, 35% Caucasian, 17% Hispanic, and 5% Asian.  A preponderance of the population is from lower socioeconomic groups.  The age range is between 12 and 18 years old with the majority falling within the 15-18 year old age range.  The entire population has a positive criminal history and most of them are repeat offenders.

  • Diagnoses in the clinic vary and many children have multiple diagnoses. Common diagnoses include disruptive behavior disorders, substance abuse and substance dependence.  A significant number of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, mood disorders and anxiety disorders are seen.  Intellectual problems and learning disabilities are frequently identified.

  • Treatment modalities are limited as the rotations’s purpose is primarily the assessment of youth in the juvenile justice system, but when there is a need for medication or short-term psychotherapy the resident will have the opportunity to provide this during the child’s stay at SATC.

  • Goals of the rotation are to gain an appreciation of the juvenile justice system and to gain competence in assessing criminally involved youth.  Special attention is paid to assessing for malingering, substance abuse, and disruptive behavior disorders.  Residents gain experience in working as a team and in collaborating with professionals in the juvenile justice system such as probation officers.

    Back to top 

Preschool consultation

  • This is a second-year rotation at the Vanguard/St. Hope Academy Preschool.

  • A faculty child psychiatrist who specializes in Infant Mental Health supervises this rotation.  In addition, residents work with teaching and administrative staff, UC Davis developmental pediatric staff, behaviorists, and UC Davis School of Education staff.

  • The population served includes both children identified on having developmental disabilities, as well as typically developing children. Socioeconomic status spans the spectrum, with a preponderance of enrolled children from lower socioeconomic classes.

  • At this site, residents are able to observe and interact with typically and atypically developing children, outside of the UC Davis MIND Institute system; developing an appreciation of the child in the context of the childcare setting and provide consultation to educational staff around individual child mental health issues in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team.

    Back to top