The Yale Child Study Center Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children serves youngsters from infancy to age 18 and their families from the greater New Haven area as well as throughout the state of Connecticut. Our mission encompasses four major goals: 1) to optimize the developmental potential of children and families by providing the most effective treatment interventions available; 2) to provide interventions based on the principles of child development and child psychopathology; 3) to focus on the importance of family involvement in treatment interventions; and 4) to use data to improve and refine our approach to child and adolescent mental health services.
To achieve these goals, the Clinic provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment services for children and adolescents with psychiatric and developmental disorders and their families. These services include: specialized evaluations for youth from birth to 18 years; evidence-based treatments for anxiety, depression, and disruptive behaviors; psychopharmacological evaluation and management; psychodynamic psychotherapy; parenting skills workshops; individual school consultation; and case management services and coordination.
As outlined in our Mission Statement, the philosophy of the Clinic is based on the belief, backed by empirical evidence, that the family and environment in which children exist play a critical role both in understanding the child’s functioning as well as in planning and implementing interventions. Children do not live or function in a vacuum; the evaluation and treatment of the child or adolescent cannot occur in isolation from the context of the family and environment in which the he or she lives and it is this philosophy that guides all of our efforts in providing clinical care.