Longitudinal Treatment Experiences
- Chris 180 – Chris 180 is a private, non-profit agency with a broad array of services for children
and families. Locations include clinics, schools and clubhouses to name a few. This
organization has a long track record of treating underserved children and is very
intentional about trauma-informed care. It is our primary site for the fellowship,
and our fellows will have longitudinal psychopharmacology experiences there starting
their first year. During their second year, they will work with the general psychiatry
fellows, providing an opportunity for further refinement of clinical skills and while
also allowing fellows to operate in a supervisory role and receive feedback on their
- Morehouse Healthcare Comprehensive Family Healthcare Clinic – The Fellows’ experience in this site will provide a multidisciplinary integrated
care learning experience. They will be supervised by both a clinical child psychologist
and a child psychiatrist and perform comprehensive assessments. Additionally, there
will be an outpatient longitudinal psychotherapy experience, which will start the
first year of CAP fellowship.
- Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) – Our faculty provide both in-person and telepsychiatry services for detained children and adolescents. This provides an opportunity to not only provided care to an underserved population, but also to learn about the juvenile justice system and the social determinants of health that increase the risk for juvenile justice system involvement. Fellows will evaluate children and adolescent patients and their families who require community psychiatric treatment.
Acute Treatment Rotations
- Devereux Georgia – Devereux is a behavioral health treatment network for children and young adults
suffering with severe emotional and psychological challenges. The Atlanta site serves
a high proportion of children and adolescents with involvement in the foster care
and department of juvenile justice systems. The youth served at Devereux are those
considered at the highest risk and require the most intensive level of services. Fellows
will be a key part of team-based treatment along with clinicians providing combined
therapeutic and educational programs to support the individual needs of each client
based on their diagnosis, strengths and interests. Services include intensive residential
services, specialty foster care and residential group homes.
- Hillside – Hillside is a private behavioral health treatment network for children and young adults suffering with severe emotional and psychological challenges. This facility uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as its core therapeutic approach. The youth served at Hillside require the most intensive level of services and this is a private population with many privately insured or self-paid patients. Hillside clinicians provide combined therapeutic and educational programs to support the individual needs of each client based on their diagnosis, strengths and interests. Fellows will be a key part of team-based treatment along with clinicians providing combined therapeutic and educational programs to support the individual needs of each client based on their diagnosis, strengths and interests.
- Hughes Spalding Pediatric Primary Care Continuity Clinic – This is an urban, hospital-based primary care clinic with an emphasis on providing
care to under-served and minority populations. Fellows will have both teaching and
clinical consultation duties. Teaching experiences will include brief prepared presentations
for the pediatrics residents regarding mental health topics as well as case-based
teaching. Consultation duties will include outpatient consultation for patients served
in the Morehouse School of Medicine pediatric resident continuity clinic. It will
also provide an opportunity for to gain firsthand knowledge about the pediatric primary
care setting and system.
- Grady Memorial Hospital/Infectious Disease Program (IDP) – This clinic is a medical specialty outpatient clinic within a community hospital system. Fellows will do outpatient integrated care work here as part of a multidisciplinary team. They will provide psychiatric consultation and direct patient care for select clinic patients. The patient population receives treatment for HIV along with mental health and social interventions within the same clinical setting. They will also provide consultations on patients for whom they will not serve as the primary clinician, with an emphasis on treatment planning and referral to the most appropriate community mental health and psychosocial resources through collaboration with the clinic social worker.
- Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) at Egleston – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the
country and is the site of the fellows’ neurology rotation. This rotation will include
experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and, in addition to general child
neurology, will include exposure to more specialized areas of the discipline such
as pediatric epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, and neurodegenerative disorders in childhood.
Residents will learn diagnostic and management principles for common neurological
conditions in children. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental issues of developmental
neurobiology as they apply uniquely to normal/abnormal neurodevelopment in children.
- Barton Child Law and Policy Center – The Barton Law and Policy Center is part of the Emory Law school. CAP Fellows will
be there for two rotations, one for legal consult and the other for advocacy. The
legal consult rotation involves working with various aspects of legal and court systems
involved with children, adolescents and families. The child residents work with personnel
associated with the DeKalb County Juvenile Court and Emory Law’s Barton Juvenile Defender
Clinic director and attorney Randee Waldman, law students and the supervising faculty,
Dr. Sarah Vinson. Rotation activities may include participation in manifestation hearings
related to schools, juvenile delinquency court proceedings or individualized educational
plan meetings. The advocacy rotation involves working with lobbyists, physician advocates,
nonprofit advocacy organizations, and state legislators to design and advance policies
impacting children, adolescents and families.
- Veritas Collaborative – This facility provides outpatient services for children, adolescents, and young
adults with known or suspected eating disorders or disordered eating. Veritas offers
multidisciplinary evaluations and treatment, including medical, psychiatric, dietetic,
and psychotherapeutic care. Residents will have the opportunity to observe medical,
psychological, and dietary assessments of patients with eating disorders; participate
in psychiatric evaluations; and have the opportunity to observe multidisciplinary
team meetings determining level of care and recommended services.
- The Insight Program – This program has provided substance use disorder treatment for teens and young adults since 1987. The Insight Program provides all of its services through a philosophy called Enthusiastic Sobriety. Making sobriety attractive to teens and young adults is challenging. Insight has been successful in creating a program that reaches young people in a way that is inviting, fun and tailored to the developmental needs of teens. The Insight Program offers a number of services including: intensive outpatient substance abuse treatment, outpatient substance abuse treatment, individual counseling, family counseling, support group meetings, parent support groups, and sober social functions.
- Discovery Montessori – Discovery Montessori is a private institution that has pre-school through elementary
age learners. The curriculum is individually tailored, active and encourages individual
exploration and self-evaluation. This provides an ideal environment for observation
of normal child development as well as opportunities for residents to interact with
caregivers from diverse backgrounds. The school has an ethnically diverse student
population. It also serves some students who are in foster care; however, the children
are predominantly from middle and upper middle-class families. Fellows will serve
as consultants to school staff.
- The North Metro Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) –
This is a public school network that is comprised of several programs which support
the local school systems’ continuum of services for students with disabilities, ages
5-21. The programs provide educational and therapeutic support services to students
who might otherwise require residential or other more restrictive placements due to
the severity of one or more of the characteristics of the disability category of emotional
and behavioral disorders (EBD). These schools have an over-representation of minority
youth and youth facing multiple challenging social determinants of health. Fellows
will serve as consultants to school staff and, in some circumstances, may perform
- KIPP Ways Academy – This is an urban charter school that serves over 90% African-American students from at-risk communities. This school is part of a group of charter schools that has distinguished itself as one with high academic expectations and intensive educational programming such as extended hours and Saturday school. This will provide a learning opportunity to see how a school adapts to the needs and challenges of its student population in furtherance of their learning and development.