CAP II School and Community (Hyde Park Career Academy)

Medical Knowledge

  • observe normal development in a classroom setting and learn to differentiate variations of normal development from psychopathology across all ages of development
  • learn to understand, define and clarify consultation problems or questions by using clear, and respectful language with school staff,
  • learn to understand the roles played by various mental health and medical professionals in the school, and how to consult with each, respectively
  • learn how to help school personnel plan the most effective, and efficient course of evaluation, especially in emergency situations
  • observe and participate in the IEP process
  • observe a regular classroom setting and develop skill in differentiating typical from atypical development from preschool to high school.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • learn how to provide feedback and recommendations at the time of the consultation
  • learn how to work effectively with community organizations such as DCFS, CMHC, and SASS
  • residents will advocate for quality mental health and help with referrals.


  • Residents will demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to school rules, and demonstrate professionalism in dealing with school personals.
  • Residents will be sensitive to the socio-cultural, socioeconomic, educational issues that arise in the rotation.
  • Residents will be empathic, respectful, curious, open, nonjudgmental, collaborative.

Systems-Based Practice

Demonstrate knowledge of community systems of care and assist students and their respective families to access appropriate psychiatric care and other mental health support services. This requires knowledge of psychiatric treatment settings in the community, which includes ambulatory, consulting, inpatient, partial hospital, substance abuse.  Work with reporting agencies to ensure patient safety.  Work with the UCH child protective team to protect children and still advocate for the family unit when possible.  Realize how health care disparities play a role in injury and psychiatric illness. 

The resident will demonstrate knowledge of the organization of care in each relevant delivery setting.