The Division of Child Psychiatry is the academic and clinical center for training and clinical treatment within the Department of Psychiatry at UAMS. The division has four services.

STRIVE is a school based program providing both therapy in school and psychiatric diagnostic and medication management at our center in North Little Rock. This program is currently providing quality service for over 1,000 children who would not otherwise easily have access to care.    

The Child Study Center (CSC) is an outpatient program that provides consultation, assessment, and management as needed for children with primary psychiatric conditions such as trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavior problems, and psychosis. The CSC works with a multidisciplinary model in which each child receives therapy if needed from a social worker, counselor, or psychologist. The CSC also provides a full psychiatric assessment and medication management until stable for children who require medication, as well as psychological testing for purposes of diagnostic clarification, assessment of level of functioning, and treatment planning. The CSC is housed in the new Clarke Center along with our child psychiatry fellowship training program and our child-track psychology internship program. The CSC has special expertise in infants and young children through adolescence as youth transition to adulthood. It is also one of the nation’s centers for development and training in specialized and evidence-based therapies such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for behavior problems in young children and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy for children with traumatic stress.

Our inpatient program, the Child Diagnostic Unit, is the only program in Arkansas that offers admission for children who need a comprehensive (psychological, medical, psychiatric, language, life skills, and motor) assessment and to have their medications carefully reassessed and adjusted. The admission is 28 days, at the end of which families and the school will receive a report summarizing the findings and further treatment recommendations.

The Psych TLC program provides primary care practitioners (PCPs) and mental health specialists throughout Arkansas with special training and support in helping children with mental health disorders. Psych TLC has two major assistance functions:

  • Same-day case consultation and support – A licensed mental health professional (MHP) and a child and adolescent psychiatrist (CAP) are available via telephone to provide consultation and support to PCPs and MHPs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Simply call (844) 547-5688 or (501) 320-7270 to contact the Psych TLC Call Center.  One of our expert MHPs will obtain basic information about the child and then set up a convenient time for a child & adolescent psychiatrist to call you back, usually within 30 minutes.
  • Hands-on coaching and training – Psych TLC also offers high quality training programs to PCPs, helping them to assess and manage common pediatric mental health problems. With support from UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital, this program (AR-REACH) is delivered by Arkansas’ own expert pediatricians and child psychiatrists, is available at no cost to all Arkansas PCPs, and offers 28 hours of AMA Category I CME credit.

The mission of our division is to promote healing in children and families working with emotional and behavioral challenges. We offer unique, state of the art services in a training environment. Our professionals work with each other and with your family to provide the best possible care in a collaborative, sensitive and respectful manner. As the UAMS center of excellence in child psychiatry, we feel we set the gold standard for treatment in Arkansas.