University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Department of Psychiatry Attention and Behavior Problems Clinic
All children/teens that come to the Clinic are offered a diagnostic evaluation. Typically this is accomplished during the first two-hour meeting. This often includes reviewing records and interviewing the child/teens and parents/guardians about current difficulties, developmental history, and family challenges. More often than not the child/teen and parents/guardians are interviewed separately for at least part of the first appointment. Sometimes family members are asked to complete questionnaires that focus on specific problem areas. The diagnostic evaluation often provides enough information to both derive diagnoses and formulate a treatment plan. Familes also have the option of participating in an intervention implemented by Clinic staff. These additional services are provided within a context of weekly, hour-long outpatient appointments. The exact number of sessions varies depending on the unique needs and circumstances of the child and family.