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Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Track

Contact: Amy Beale, LCSW-R
Phone: 315 464-3185

The following clinical experiences are offered as part of the training at Upstate:

Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic

Faculty: Kevin Antshel, PhD

Weekly diagnostic clinic that evaluates children and adolescents for ADHD. Allows graduate students the opportunity to use assessment tools, including Gordon Diagnostic System (GDS), Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT), as well as structured child and adult interviews.

Anxiety Disorders Clinic for Children and Adolescents

Faculty: Aaron Gleason, PhD

Weekly clinic that provides children and adolescents with Cognitive Behavior Therapy for a variety of Anxiety Disorders. Supervision and peer discussion assist in developing CBT techniques to address a variety of anxiety disorders.

Aspergers Support Group

Faculty: Variety of faculty and staff supervise this experience

Co-facilitation of a 12-week support group for children with Aspergers. This group includes three unique groups: child, parent and sibling. The social worker will develop techniques for group facilitation.

Social/ Emotional Skills Group for children on the Autistic Spectrum

Faculty: Amy Beale, LCSW-R, Kevin Antshel, PhD

This group includes two unique groups: child, and parent. Graduate students will develop techniques for group facilitation and a better understanding of Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Diagnostic Team

Faculty: Variety of faculty and staff supervise this experience

Weekly supervised interviews to assess complex cases. Sessions are monitored through video by a team from multidisciplinary backgrounds, including Social Work Interns, Psychology Interns, Psychiatric Nurse Practionners, Psychiatry Residents, Fellows, and Medical Students.


Staffing follows Diagnostic Team every week. Interns from all disciplines take turns presenting a case to the clinical staff and faculty for discussion and feedback.

Neurodevelopmental Clinic

Faculty: Amy Beale, LCSW-R, Louis Pelligrino, MD and Mary McBlane, RNNP

Weekly participation in the assessment of children referred for suspected Autistic Spectrum Disorders and other developmental delays. Students will participate in a multidisciplinary evaluation team. They will develop skills in addressing the client's needs within the community. The student will observe and use assessment tools, including Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale, parent/ child interviews and the ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale).

Juvenile Trauma Clinic, Child Abuse Seminar and Elmcrest Children's Center Child abuse Consultation Program

Faculty: Wendy Gordon, PhD

Juvenile Trauma clinic provides the clinical social work intern with the opportunity to observe an ongoing psychotherapy case, actively participate in their own clinical cases, and receive training in trauma-oriented cognitive behavioral therapy.

Child Abuse Seminar

Students attend lectures to learn more about treating traumatized children.

Elmcrest Consultation Students accompany Dr. Gordon to Elmcrest Children's Center to provide consultation related to the care of children and adolescents in residential placement.


Faculty: Ron Saletsky, PhD

Students have the opportunity to participate in the comprehensive services provided to children in foster care in Onondaga county through the ENHANCE (Excellence in Health Care for Abused and Neglected Children) Clinic. An intern involved with the ENHANCE Clinic will gain experience in diagnostic interviewing, developmental evaluations, multidisciplinary consultation, and systemic issues.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Group

Supervisors: Carol Polacek, N.P., Anne Cangello, PsyD.

Students will have the opportunity to observe the treatment of high risk adolescents in DBT group and learn how to provide individual DBT treatment.

Seminars, Child Rounds and Grand Rounds

Social work students can take advantage of the numerous lectures series available. Presenters are from the Department of Psychiatry as well as Universities and treatment centers around the country.


Weekly sessions with supervisors allow for valuable feedback and discussion of clinical work. The opportunity to work with supervisors from a variety of disciplines encourages the exploration of different theoretical perspectives to clinical work.

Clinical Caseload

Students will build their client caseload to approach the level of clinic staff pro-rated to the shortened time in the clinic. The student will have the opportunity to develop therapeutic strategies and work with the client's support system in addressing the client needs.