The Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families
(VCCYF) is the home of the Division of Child Psychiatry at the
University of Vermont College of Medicine. The primary teaching
hospital of the College is UVM Medical Center, which contains
Vermont Children's Hospital.
This health care system is the largest in Vermont and the state's
only tertiary care hospital. As such, we receive referrals and
requests for consultation across the state in addition to
neighboring New England states and Northeastern New York.
The outpatient clinic at the VCCYF has more than 7,000 patient
visits annually. Primary diagnoses include disruptive behavior
disorders, anxiety and affective disorders, and pervasive
developmental disorders. Children of all ages from infancy
through adolescents are seen here.
Vermont Children's Hospital at UVM Medical Center and is the
site of the Consult/Liaison and Pediatric Neurology rotations.
Vermont Children's Hospital is the only dedicated children's
hospital in the state and contains 31 general medical beds, a
pediatric intensive care unit, a neonatal intensive care unit, as
well as general and specialty outpatient services. There is also
an affiliated childcare center where some of the child
observation didactic takes place.
Affiliated Training Sites
Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital
Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital is a member of the University of Vermont Health Network and is located across the lake in Plattsburgh, NY. There is now a revitalized psychiatry presence at this hospital led by Robert Althoff, MD, PhD which includes both an adult and child inpatient unit, and psychiatry consultation to both the inpatient units and emergency department. Faculty there are also expanding their outpatient services for New York residents.
Northeast Family Institute
Northeastern Family Institute (NFI) is one of the primary sites
in northern Vermont for adolescents needing acute stabilization
and care. This 6 bed facility is equipped to deliver care to
severely affected adolescents as long as they are voluntary
admissions. The program is licensed to perform restraints but
rarely does so. The program serves adolescents from ages 10 to 18
with an average length of stay is 6-7 days. NFI accepts patients
from local crisis centers, emergency departments, and outpatient
clinicians. The clinic emphasizes multidisciplinary approach with
a strong family emphasis to acutely stabilize the patient and
help transition them back to less acute settings. Treatment
modalities include individual psychotherapy, family therapy,
psychopharmacology, group therapy, CBT, and milieu therapy. It is
located in Winooski, Vermont approximately 2 miles from the
Stern Center for Language and Learning
The Stern Center is a private non-profit center dedicated to
helping children and adults with learning differences reach their
full potential. It is one of the premier assessment centers of
this type in the state. The center conducts cognitive,
linguistic, academic, psychological, and neuropsychological
assessments in response to requests from schools, clinicians,
pediatricians and individual families. It also serves as a
consultant to schools in designing specialized curriculum for
children with complicated learning needs. The Stern Center
specializes in developing innovative learning strategies for
students who learn in nontraditional ways. Funding for their
services comes from schools or from individual families. Primary
diagnoses include learning disabilities, ADHD, cognitive
disorders, as well as nonverbal and developmental disorders.
Fellows will learn how to use and apply the results of
educational evaluations. The Stern Center is located about 7
miles from the medical school.
Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center
Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center is a division of the
Vermont Department of Children and Families. It provides an
alternate educational and clinical setting for children who are
on delinquent status within the justice system. The program
serves students from the 6th to 12th grade. Many of these
adolescents have been victims of trauma and neglect and are
diagnosed with a number of disorders including conduct disorder,
substance abuse disorders, as well as affective and anxiety
disorders. It is located in Colchester, Vermont about 6 ½ miles
from the medical school.