CAP II Neurodevelopmental Clinic (University of Chicago)

Patient Care

Patients with pervasive developmental disorders can have complex presentations, including mental retardation.  These patients can present with disruptive or dangerous behaviors requiring intervention.  Residents are educated about the major modalities of treatment in autistic disorder and other PDDs including psychopharmacology, educational intervention, behavioral treatment, family support and psychotherapy.

Medical Knowledge

Required educational experiences include:

  1. Patient evaluations (preschool, school aged, adolescent); 
  2. Diagnosis of toddlers, children and adolescents suffering from mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, ADHD, disruptive disorders, psychotic, and sleep disorders;
  3. Treatments of preschool, school age, and adolescent patients and supportive care of their respective, paying particular attention to cultural and SES diversity
  4. Treatment modalities including crisis intervention, supportive, and pharmacologic therapies;
  5. Collaboration with other mental health providers, pediatricians and pediatric specialists and school professionals;
  6. Other experiences on this rotation include psychological testing, pediatric neurology, psychiatric emergencies, acute and seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents.
  7. Consultations with pediatricians, the legal system, school system and community organizations. 

Interpersonal and Communication Skills:

Residents are able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • ability to listen to and understand patients
  • ability to communicate effectively with patients and their respctive families, using verbal, nonverbal, and writing skills, as appropriate
  • ability to foster a therapeutic alliance with the family, as indicated by instilling feelings of trust, openness, rapport, and comfort in the relationship with the physician


  1. Residents ensure continuity of patient care, ad when appropriate, terminate treatment in a manner that doesn’t leave patients feeling ‘abandoned’.
  2. Residents respond to communications from patients and health professionals in a timely manner. If unavailable, residents negotiate and communicate back-up arrangements. Residents communicate clearly to patients’ families about how to seek emergency care when necessary.
  3. The resident will demonstrate ethical behavior, as defined in the Principles of Medical Ethics.
  4. The resident will demonstrate respect for patients and colleagues as persons, regardless of age, culture, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

Residents will be able to articulate the basic concepts of systems theory and how it is used in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Residents demonstrate a working knowledge of the diverse systems involved in treating children with development disorders.

Residents demonstrate understanding of use of systems as part of a comprehensive system of care.

Systems-based Practice

The resident will interact with multiple specialities including Occupational therapy, Physical therapy, speech and language, neuropsychology, pediatrics, genetics, and neurology.  Residents will learn how to write a formal report that can be used to advocate for services/ placement.