Child and Adolescent Clinic
One in five children and adolescents is affected by mental health problems and disorders. Those aged 18-24 have the highest prevalence of mental disorders of any age group. Both psychiatric assessments and ongoing psychological therapy are available at the Black Dog Institute for children and adolescents aged 8 to 18 years. Telehealth services are also available to young people and their families living in rural and regional Australia. The Clinic does not take over patient management – this remains with the referring doctor.
The aim of an assessment is to:
- help confirm a diagnosis
- better manage medication or psychological treatment
- help you to better enjoy your lifestyle.
The clinic provides a consultancy service to your GP, psychologist or psychiatrist to help manage your mental illness.
Making an appointment
Before attending the clinic we require a referral from your GP or psychiatrist. In order to make the referral, the treating health practitioner will need to complete our Referral for Child & Adolescent Clinical Assessment form.
The referral should include your background and previous experiences with any mental illnesses, as well as the specific advice (e.g. diagnosis, management) sought by that doctor or mental health professional.
Appointment cannot be made until we have received your completed Black Dog Institute referral form. Once we have received your referral, it will be screened by a senior psychiatrist and the clinic secretary will then call you to arrange a time for your appointment.
At the assessment
During this assessment a child and adolescent qualified psychiatrist will undertake a comprehensive clinical assessment of the young person's condition covering relevant medical history and family medical history, past mood episodes, current and past treatments, consideration of school reports, social factors, and any other information that may be relevant.
This assessment will take approximately one hour, giving a refined diagnosis, and management suggestions concerning medications and psychological treatment. Youth and family members will be interviewed together and separately.
Following this the psychiatrist will write a comprehensive report outlining their opinion and recommendations which will be sent to your referring doctor. You will need to liaise with your doctor to implement these suggested strategies.
The Child and Adolescent Psychology Clinic offers ongoing psychological therapy with psychologists specially trained to treat 8 – 18 year olds. We have a strong reputation for providing a personalised service using research based approaches.
Our child and adolescent psychologists are experienced in a range of therapeutic modalities including:
- cognitive behaviour therapy
- acceptance and commitment therapy
- mindfulness-based interventions
- schema therapy and attachment theory
- dialectical behaviour therapy
- attachment focused family intervention
How to make an appointment
Before attending the clinic we require a referral from your GP (including a Mental Health Care Plan) or psychiatrist.
In order to make the referral, the treating health practitioner will need to complete our Referral to the Child and Adolescent Clinic form. This form enables us to gather useful information about the patient that will help in the initial assessment and treatment planning. It also enables us to assess the suitability of the referral to the Clinic.
The referral form together with a copy of the Mental Health Care Plan or other relevant documentation can be faxed to the Clinic on: (02) 9382 8510 or emailed to email@example.com
Once the Clinic receives this form, we will contact the patient to schedule an appointment. A parent or guardian of a school aged patient is required to accompany them to their appointment.
On completion of treatment, the referring doctor will receive a treatment report from their treating psychologist in the Clinic. This report will outline progress made to date and any further treatment requirements.
How much will it cost?
There is a cost incurred to patients in utilising the services of the Psychology Clinic. If patients are referred by a general practitioner or psychiatrist, then some of these costs can be claimed back on Medicare. Alternatively, private health insurers may offer a rebate for psychology sessions depending on your coverage. Patients are advised to check with their private insurer and/or contact the Psychology Clinic for more information about payment options.
Our child & adolescent psychologist
Emily is passionate about working with children, adolescents and young adults experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and behavioural difficulties. She has experience working with a range of populations and presentations within private practice, hospital, and university clinic settings, using therapeutic techniques from cognitive behaviour therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She completed her training at the University of New South Wales, gaining experience treating anxiety disorders using a CBT framework at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit in the Department of Medical Psychology at Westmead Hospital, and assisting adolescents with eating and mood difficulties and their families at the Intensive Family and Adolescent Eating Disorders Day Program team at the Children's Hospital, Westmead. Emily particularly enjoys assisting children and young people and has a warm and empathetic approach.
To make an enquiry or provide some feedback (positive or negative), please:
- send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- call the Clinic Secretary on (02) 9382 2991.