56th Annual Meeting
Tentative Program Schedule
Please note that this schedule is subject to change. The Program Book distributed at the Annual Meeting will have final information on dates, times, and speakers for each presentation.

Other Programs 4 (ticket)
Clinical Practicum: Improving Treatment for Foster Care Youth with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disturbance: Lessons from a State/University Collaboration

This Clinical Practicum focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and after-care services planning efforts for a population of severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed youth in a statewide foster care system. The Practicum also describes effective clinical interventions and programs – developed in partnership between the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Institute for Juvenile Research/Behavioral Health and Welfare Program and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) – to meet the needs of this challenging population. Youths treated in this program have a history of multiple disruptions of foster home placements, failed residential treatment facility placements, and frequent psychiatric hospitalizations.

UIC faculty and staff present a composite case study, following this example patient through the process of the initial child welfare agency referral, psychiatric hospitalization, return to the residential treatment setting, and planning for transition to community living. The case study approach is intended to highlight common problems involved in the treatment of high-risk foster care youth, such as ineffective treatment approaches in residential treatment programs, lack of communication between the various caregivers, polypharmacy and precipitous medication changes, and lack of preparation for effective transition into community-based settings. The UIC group describes the clinical programs they have developed in collaboration with DCFS officials over the past decade to address these longstanding systemic issues.

At the end of this Practicum the participant has a greater understanding of the complex diagnostic and treatment issues regarding foster care youths with severe emotional and behavioral disturbances, the unique clinical interventions that can reduce the barriers to transition to the community, and the system change role played by a collaborative partnership involving a state child welfare agency and a university-based child and adolescent psychiatry program.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Institute for Juvenile Research
Michael W. Naylor, M.D.
Felicia Guest, Esperanza Salinas, M.D., Fedra Najjar, M.D., Stephanie McCammon, OTR/L, Kristina Erland, L.C.S.W., Antoinette Ranson, R.N., Alan Morris, Psy.D., Seth Wollwage, L.C.S.W., Ph.D., Cynthia Thompson-Berry, Psy.D., Deann Muehlbauer, B.A., M.P.H., Ronald H. Davidson, Ph.D. and Christine V. Davidson, Ph.D.

Sponsored by the AACAP Local Arrangements Committee

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