Children and adolescents may be referred to IJR’s General Diagnostic Clinic for a wide variety of concerns, including problems with disruptive behavior, anxiety, and/or mood, school functioning, adjustment to trauma or other sources of stress, and developmental delays.
Evaluations in our General Diagnostic Clinic include a comprehensive assessment of each youth’s current strengths and difficulties, family functioning and family, medical, school, and psychiatric history. When appropriate (and with permission of the youth’s legal guardian), we may also gather information from teachers, pediatricians, caseworkers, counselors, and other adults who play key roles in the youth’s life.
Following each evaluation, we provide feedback to children, adolescents, and their families and propose our treatment recommendations. Our individualized treatment plans are intended to be responsive to the particular values, needs, culture, and resources of the youth and families whom we evaluate.
Treatment may include:
- Evidence-based individual therapy, family therapy, and/or group therapy
- Crisis intervention services
- Evidence-based medication management
- Assistance with strategies for parenting children / adolescents who engage in disruptive, oppositional, and/or defiant behavior
- Assistance with school advocacy
- Consultation with children’s/adolescents’ teachers
When further assessment of particular problems is warranted, we may refer youth for additional evaluation (for example, neuropsychological testing, speech / language testing, or evaluations of medical problems).
Our multidisciplinary clinical team includes the following UIC faculty and trainees:
- Kathleen Kelley, MD - Child and adolescent psychiatrist, Associate Clinical Professor, Program Director - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program
- Sally Mason, Ph.D., LCSW, Social worker, Professor of Clinical Social Work in Psychiatry, Director of Social Work Training
Our trainees include advanced psychiatry, psychology, and social work trainees (i.e. child psychiatry fellows, child psychology externs, social work interns, general psychiatry residents), and medical students, all of whom are supervised by GDC faculty members.
To make an appointment in UIC’s General Diagnostic Clinic, call (312) 996-7723.