Child Study Center Outpatient Therapy Clinic
1210 Wolfe St.
The David M. Clark Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Second Floor
Little Rock, AR 72202
- Clinic Phone Number
- (501) 364-5150
- New Patient Referrals
- (501) 603-1860
- All Other Fax Communications
- (501) 603-1840
- Mon - Fri
- 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Evening appointments by special arrangement
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Outpatient Visitor Guidelines
Due to an increase in COVID-19 patients in Arkansas and across the country, UAMS is implementing new visiting policies for our clinics. Effective March 20, 2020, patients must come to their visit alone, unless there are special needs such as:
- Patients undergoing a procedure that requires a driver
- Minor patients
- Patients in a wheelchair who need assistance
Visitors must be 18 or older and pass a health screening before entering a UAMS building.
About Child Study Center Outpatient Therapy Clinic
The Child Study Center’s Outpatient Therapy Clinic serves the entire state of Arkansas, with over 1,000 new patients referred each year. This clinic primarily treats children of ages preschool through 13, along with their parents or guardians. Located at the David M. Clark Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the Child Study Center’s highly-trained specialists can provide a personalized treatment plan for children with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.
How Our Clinic Works
Each child will receive a thorough assessment, which consists of clinical interviews, mental status exams and reviews of existing evaluation or historical data. Based on this assessment, treatment is initiated or appropriate referrals are made for psychological evaluations and subsequent treatment plan recommendations. Consultation from a child psychiatrist, psychiatric social worker or other mental health specialist is available as needed.
If accepted for therapy, Child Study Center offers comprehensive specialized treatments including: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).
Conditions we can assess (but do not treat) include:
- Specific Learning Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Intellectual Disability
Medication management, in combination with psychotherapy, can be an important part of the overall plan of care for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders. Our medication management clinic is a teaching clinic with close supervision by full-time faculty. Every child is seen by a resident physician being trained to provide quality child and adolescent psychiatric care in consultation with a fully-trained faculty attending physician.
Our physicians conduct thorough psychiatric evaluations of children and adolescents and formulate an individualized treatment plan in collaboration with their family and therapist. Our primary goal is to best meet the needs of our patients to maximize success in school, social, and family interactions. Part of the advantage of a teaching clinic is that the latest research and evidence-based interventions are considered when forming an overall treatment plan.
Our Policy on Medication Management
All prescriptions should be taken as directed. It is very important to make and keep follow up appointments to allow appropriate monitoring of your medication. Note: we do not refill medication by phone.
Good care of your child requires that we do a proper assessment of how your child is responding to their medication before renewing it. This is especially true for controlled substances like stimulant medications and benzodiazepines. Before you leave your appointment, your doctor will make sure that you know how many days your prescription will last and will ensure both you and our staff know when you need to schedule your next appointment to make sure you do not run out of medication. If you are unable to come to your next appointment, make sure you schedule another appointment before your medication runs out. Some medications cannot be stopped abruptly. In an emergency, we will ask you to come to the clinic for an urgent appointment.
Psychotherapy at the Child Study Center
Our therapists work with both the child and his or her caregiver to provide evidence-based therapeutic interventions to treat a wide range of emotional and behavioral disorders. Specifically, therapists utilize a group of short- term psychological interventions called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help children and families learn coping skills to manage current difficulties and symptoms. Specific types of CBT interventions are frequently used to treat anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, and behavioral difficulties.
Additionally, therapists at the Child Study Center are trained in highly specialized treatments that are not widely available in other clinics.
Please park in spots marked for patient parking.
The Child Study Center Outpatient Therapy Clinic is by referral only. Your child’s primary care physician (PCP) should send a new patient referral to our fax number above. Once we receive the referral, our staff will contact your regarding the next steps for scheduling an appointment.
What to Bring to Your Appointment
For your first appointment, please bring a photo ID and your insurance card along with a list of any medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter medications. You should also bring any medical records you can provide, including slides or test results from other clinics.
Children must be accompanied to the mental health and psychiatric assessment appointment by their parent and/or legal guardian. The parent and/or legal guardian must attend family sessions as prescribed by the treatment plan.
For future appointments, please provide updated medical and insurance information.
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Providers at Child Study Center Outpatient Therapy Clinic
Srinivasa B. Gokarakonda, M.D., M.P.H. Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Sufna G. John, Ph.D. Psychologist
Nihit Kumar, M.D. Pediatric Psychiatrist
Glenn R. Mesman, Ph.D. Psychologist
Caroline Y. Nardi, M.D. Psychiatrist
Joy R. Pemberton, Ph.D. Psychologist
UAMS providers care for a broad range of conditions, some of which may not be listed below.
Medical Treatments and Procedures Performed
UAMS providers perform and prescribe a broad range of treatments and procedures, some of which may not be listed below.
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