At this clinic, you will be supervised by highly qualified
faculty and staff as you evaluate children with a range of
This clinic, licensed by the New York State Office of Mental
Health, provides diagnostic and treatment services to Western New
York youth experiencing emotional and/or behavioral disturbances or
family relationship problems. It specializes in complex and
difficult psychiatric disorders.
The clinic has separate teen and child/family waiting rooms with appropriate furniture, artwork, games and activity resources; a warm, welcoming family therapy and observation unit, the only one of its kind in the area; and a state-of-the-art observation room to help faculty and staff provide positive, comforting care.
The clinic sees more than 13,000 new cases annually with more than 500 active cases at any one time. Its patients, ages 2 to 18, come from a wide variety of backgrounds reflecting the ethnic makeup of Buffalo’s population. They use Medicaid and other forms of insurance.
Patients at this clinic generally have full scale IQs of at least 60 and generally do not have severe substance abuse/dependency issues. Diagnoses handled include:
Rotations here offer experience with multiple modes of individual therapy—play, cognitive behavioral, supportive, psychoeducational and psychodynamic—as well as group and family therapies, parent guidance, psychoeducation, training and pharmacotherapy. You may also consult with patients’ schools and work with social services and/or the legal system.
Videotaping and closed-circuit monitoring capabilities will help
you review and improve your interview and therapy techniques in
discussion with our faculty of seasoned, exemplary clinicians. You
will observe faculty conducting assessments, receive direct
supervision in your own work with patients and participate in case