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Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic

pmdcTreatment Mission

The Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with mood disorders. The clinic provides specialized training for child psychiatrists, medical students, psychiatric nurses, psychologists and social workers in the specialty of pediatric mood disorders. Our treatment team works to provide evidence based treatments for children and their families affected by mood disorders. This includes state of the art Cognitive behavior therapy focused group and family treatment, originally developed, tested and established in our program, now lead by Dr. Sally Weinstein. Our approach is to collaborate with diverse schools and families building upon family strengths as they navigate their way to health.

 

Multidisciplinary Team

  • Director: Child Psychiatrist: Mani Pavuluri, MD, PhD
  • Administrative Director: Advanced Practice Nurse: Julie Carbray, PhD, FPMHNP, PMHCNS, APN
  • Director of Psychosocial Training and Group Treatment Programs: Sally Weinstein, PhD
  • Child Psychiatry Fellows and Residents in General Psychiatry (MDs)
  • Psychology Interns and Extern
  • Social Work Interns
  • Advanced Practice Nursing Students
  • Medical Students

 

Treatment Menu

Diagnostic Evaluations: These comprehensive evaluations are completed by each of our multidisciplinary staff. We specifically serve children and adolescents with the spectrum of depression, bipolar disorders, and psychosis as it relates to mood disorders and comorbid conditions such as ADHD and anxiety as the rule than the exception.

Psychopharmacology: We provide evidence-based, step-wise management of medication to treat mania, depression, psychosis, aggression, comorbid ADHD and sleep problems in an organized systematic manner. We have researched this treatment method and gained promising outcomes from this careful approach.

Child and Family-Focused Therapy: Focused psychotherapy utilizes the following approaches to the treatment of mood disorders:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Family Psychoeducation

Rainbow/Child- and Family-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group: his evidence-based treatment group is designed for children and adolescents with mood dysregulation difficulties along with their families. Child- and parent-groups run simultaneously each week for a twelve-week course. The treatment group focuses on coping with symptoms of bipolar spectrum and other mood dysregulation disorders, improving family and social functioning, enhancing self-esteem, and parent self-care. Parents also learn to be coaches in applying their skills in helping the children.

Teen Girls Group - Depression: This is a group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy program for adolescent girls ages 13-18 with primary depressive spectrum disorders. The group runs for 12 weeks and focuses on coping with symptoms of depression, including:

  • Understanding the symptoms of depression
  • How to monitor moods
  • How to identify and change negative thoughts
  • How to communicate with peers and family
  • Developing relaxation and coping skills
  • Developing effective problem solving skills

School Collaborationn: We work with schools in joining their IEP meetings via teleconference. We actively liaise with teachers to provide quality education while offering counseling for parents with regards to the best learning environment suited for any specific individual.

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