Division of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry
SFGH Division Director: Patricia Van Horn, PhD, JD
The Division of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry includes the following programs:
Program Administrator: Gloria Zermeno
SFGH Child and Adolescent Services provides outpatient mental health services to children and youth from birth through age 18. Clinic services are provided at SFGH offices and in neighboring community settings for families who are seeking help for their children, who may have behavioral and/or emotional problems. CAS also offers services to infants, children, and their families who have suffered psychological trauma due to physical assault, emotional abuse or neglect, domestic violence, catastrophic injury, or debilitating chronic disease. A variety of therapeutic modalities are utilized, including individual, play, family and group therapy. The Early Childhood Development Clinic, a component of CAS, provides evaluations of infants and children who may have developmental delays, behavioral problems or who are at risk of cognitive and behavioral problems due to a variety of conditions such as prenatal drug exposure and/or premature birth. Inpatient and outpatient psychiatric consultations are available via our Pediatric Consult-Liaison Service. Psychological consultations and brief assessments are provided to Outpatient Pediatrics providers and to Inpatient Pediatrics in conjunction with the Consult-Liaison Service.
Many children and youth experience school difficulties and have learning problems. An important component of CAS is consultation and collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District, as well as providing psychological assessments. For clients in the foster care system, consultation with DHS workers is a key component to care coordination. CAS staff coordinates services with primary care and community providers as needed to facilitate the full and healthy development of each child and youth.
Services provide by Child and Adolescent Services include:
- Individual/Play Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Psychiatric Assessment/Medication Evaluation
- Outreach to Families effected by Trauma
- Crisis Intervention and Brief Therapy
- Consultation-Liaison Service - Inpatient and Outpatient
- Psychological Testing
- Teen Sensitive Services
- Consultation for Child Care and Primary Care Givers
- Assistance with Victim/Witness of Crime Application
- Information and Referrals
Child and Adolescent Services has a range of providers including UCSF faculty, child psychologists, child psychiatrist, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, pre and postdoctoral clinical psychology trainees, psychiatry residents and fellows, medical students and volunteers. Faculty and staff have a wide range of experience including areas of specialty in early childhood, trauma, teen violence, family therapy, work with foster care children, culturally appropriate services, and consultation with Pediatric Primary Care Providers. Staff work very closely with primary care providers and offer services in community settings. English and Spanish are spoken and there is access to interpreters for other non-English speaking clients.
How to Make an Appointment
For an appointment please call 415-206-4444.
Living in a Nonviolent Community
The Child and Adolescent Services Multicultural Clinical Training Program offers one-year training opportunities for Doctoral Interns, Post-Doctoral Fellows and Advanced Practicum Students, as well as rotations for medical students (through Community Medicine), Psychiatry Residents (PGY3), and Psychiatry Child Fellows. The program is designed to train clinicians who are committed to serving low-income and diverse ethnic and cultural minority populations.
Applicants interested in Psychology training should be aware that this is a very competitive program, and consider the following selection criteria.
- APA acredited graduate program in Clinical Psychology
- Strong undergraduate & graduate academic record
- In good academic standing
- Demonstrated interest and exprerience with children, youth, and families
- Demonstrated interest ane experience working with underserved communitiies
- Strong letters of recommendation
- Strong, clear Letter of Interest
- Essays reflect a thoughtful, insightful, mature candidate
- Essays reflect strong writing skills
- Essays reflect someonw who has a clear theoretical foundations
- Dissertation proposal defended
- Relevant research experience or interest
- Experience or interest in Trauma
- Bilingual (Spanish)
- Significant Psychological Testing Experience
The UCSF Child and Adolescent Services Multicultural Clinical Training Program follows the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (www.appic.org) Match Policies. As Part of the APPIC Match, applicants must submit the AAPI (which requires official transcripts as part of the application process).
How to Apply
Élida M. Bautista, PhD
Director of Clinical Training
Wynne Bamberg, Administrative Training Coordinator
Child & Adolescent Services
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue, 7M-CAS, Box 0852
San Francisco, CA 94110
Telephone: (415) 476-7712
American Psychological Association
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers
California Board of Psychology
Guide to Psychology Licensing in Other States
Program Administrator: Blanca Valle
The Infant-Parent Program is a mental health program focused on difficulties in the relationship between young children and their adult caregivers. The Infant-Parent Program / Daycare Consultants staff consists of licensed clinical psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, an early childhood education specialist, and a consulting child psychiatrist. All have special expertise in work with very young children and their parents.
IPP’s initial focus involves intensive assessment and long-term therapy with children under the age of three and their parents. Services are typically delivered in the family's home where behaviors can be observed and discussed. An additional service available to young children seen through the Infant-Parent Program is developmental neuropsychological assessment.
The Program is able to address a range of difficulties in infants and toddlers including failure-to-thrive and other feeding/eating disorders, early post-traumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder, pervasive development disorder, separation anxiety disorder and temper tantrums, aggressiveness, and defiant behavior. Parental difficulties, that place the infant and the parent-child relationship at risk, like a mother with serious psychiatric illness or with difficult psychosocial circumstances, for example, can be a common reason for referral. In addition to clinical services, the IPP offers consultation to a range of agencies and institutions working with infants and toddlers and their families.
The Daycare Consultants service provides intensive mental health consultation to childcare programs serving children through age five. The services now extend to homeless and domestic violence shelters. Consultants offer case and program consultation, therapeutic playgroups and parent-child treatment in these venues. The Infant-Parent Program has a training program drawn from psychiatry, child psychiatry, psychology and social work. The training spans one year. Go to the IPP website.
Program Administrator: Dione Johnson
Clinical Research - Training - Community Service
The Child Trauma Research Program is nationally recognized for its leadership in developing effective, family-centered interventions for children aged birth through five who experience traumatic events such as:
- Violence in the home.
- Death of a loved one.
- Life-threatening accidents, illnesses, or disasters.
Our team of multi-cultural, multi-lingual staff is dedicated to helping young children and families who experience traumatic events. We develop and evaluate effective treatment models, provde training across settings and disciplines, and offer direct service to children and their families. Go to the CTRP website.