The Inpatient Child Psychiatry Service is located within the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. The Unit serves 27 counties in Pennsylvania, which include urban, suburban, and rural populations. Two child psychiatry fellows and rotating medical students are also assigned to this unit. Mental health professionals within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provide diagnostic and therapeutic services for children whose problems range from mild behavioral difficulties to severe psychiatric illness.
Residents work with an interdisciplinary team of staff psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses. Residents also actively participate in daily individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, recreational therapy, and psychopharmacological treatment. Emphasis is placed on gaining new perspectives on psychopathology across the life cycle. By the end of rotation, the residents are competent to appreciate the structure of a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation for the child or adolescent patient and to understand how this differs from an adult psychiatric assessment.