Each adolescent is assigned a highly specialized, compassionate treatment team. Each treatment team works together towards the goal of helping your child stabilize so they can safely move to a less-intensive level of care.

Our treatment teams are composed of:

  • Medical director—a child and adolescent psychiatrist who oversees all child and adolescent services at Sheppard Pratt.

  • Service chief—a child and adolescent psychiatrist who serves as the clinical leader of treatment and services on the unit.

  • Attending psychiatrist—a child and adolescent psychiatrist who works directly with the service chief in providing care to patients.

  • Unit manager—a nurse who is responsible for program development, milieu activities, and day-to-day function of the program.

  • Social worker—who is your primary contact and liaison. The social worker attends daily treatment team meetings, and will keep you informed about your child’s clinical progress. The social worker will work with you to obtain a family history in order to get a holistic view of your child. In addition, they will also host a family meeting prior to discharge to help you and your child resolve day-to-day problems.

  • Discharge coordinator—who will prepare a comprehensive discharge plan for when your child is ready to return to the community. They will find mental health providers that work with your insurance/medical assistance, and will arrange appointments to ensure that there is a continuation of care once your child leaves the hospital.

  • Recreational therapist—who facilitates activities to help adolescents learn how to meet their physical, emotional, and cognitive needs. Recreational therapists help individuals improve interpersonal and social skills, cognition and thought, and even sensory functions.

  • Psychiatric nurses—who help children with their daily activities, managing their symptoms, and any medical concerns. Psychiatric nurses are also responsible for dispensing medication.

  • Mental health workers—who are trained staff members that help run therapeutic groups and work directly with the clinical treatment team.