The E. Richard Feinberg Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Psychological Medicine)
Dr. Orit Krispin
Dr. Maya Amitai
Consultation Liaison (CL) Service
The team provides a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services: psychiatric and psychological evaluations, consultations, treatments and medicinal follow-up, both short-and long-term, and parental guidance.
Anxiety Disorders Clinic
The clinic treats children suffering from a range of anxiety disorders and phobias and practices a short-term, targeted approach aimed directly to improve functioning and provide coping techniques for the child and his family. The clinic is comprised of four units:
Director: Dr. Danny Lotan, Clinical Psychologist
Psychosomatic Disorders Clinic
Treatment is based upon a combination of hypnosis and biofeedback with targeted, short-term psychological techniques for psychological disorders expressed in the body:
Post-Trauma and Selective Mutism Clinic
The clinic treats children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including avoidance, deep-seated memory, concentration and terror syndromes that arise following traumatic events. The clinic also treats children suffering from selective mutism.
Depression and Suicidal Behavior Clinic
The clinic treats children and adolescents suffering from clinical depression, dysthymia (mood disorder) or bipolar disorder (manic-depression), as well as those with suicidal tendencies.
Learning Disabilities and Attention Disorders Clinic
The clinic conducts comprehensive evaluations by psychiatrists and psychologists for students from Grade 1-12,
Ms. Hila Argintaru
Parental Authority Clinic
The clinic was established to bolster parental authority, influence and control. Therapy is aimed at parents of children aged 6-18, who feel helpless in coping with their child’s behavior. Short-term, intensive therapy includes weekly meetings and regular telephone guidance for parents so that the treatment plan can be applied in real-time.
The Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Clinic provides comprehensive care and guidance to parents of children with attention and concentration problems. Therapy utilizes an approach whereby the child’s difficulties influence many aspects of his life and therefore require simultaneous intervention on several levels in order to achieve broad, long-term improvement. Emphasis is placed on the child’s environment and other frameworks which all play a significant role in his behavior, emotional state and educational functioning. Therapy is based upon a model called “The New Authority”, developed by Prof. Chaim Omer from Tel Aviv University and adjusted to the special needs of children with ADHD. Prof. Omer serves as a professional consultant in the clinic.
Matta and Harry Freund Neuropsychiatric Clinic for Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders
The clinic is the only one of its kind in Israel for the diagnosis and treatment of children with tic disorders and Tourette Syndrome. Staff includes psychiatrists, neurologists and psychologists who provide multidisciplinary evaluation, cognitive-behavior therapy, biofeedback, habit reversal training, parental management training and medication.
Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Clinic
The clinic is the only one of its kind in Israel and treats intellectually challenged children suffering from severe psychiatric disturbances.
The Lady Sarah Cohen Clinic for Family Centered Therapy
This unique service is provided to families with children suffering from chronic illness, physical or emotional disabilities. Therapy is aimed at reducing tension and worry in the family due to the child’s condition. The clinic is open to all families where a child has physical or emotional health problems.
Eating Disorders Clinic
The clinic provides diagnostic, consultation and therapeutic services for youngsters suffering from eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders. The therapeutic model is interdisciplinary and focuses on the emotional, familial, medical and nutritional aspects of the disorder. The multidisciplinary team includes clinical and medical psychologists, a clinical dietician, psychiatrists, movement therapist and a social worker.
The Department of Psychological Medicine offers services to Arabic speakers in keeping with Schneider Children’s Bridge to Peace policy. The experienced team from the Arab community provides top-rate therapies for a broad range of psychological and emotional disorders.
Crisis Intervention Unit - Pediatrics “D”
The inpatient unit provides treatment for a wide range of psychiatric disorders, which require extensive therapies but not necessarily hospitalization in a psychiatric hospital. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is integrated with Pediatric Medicine. The staff includes psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, educators, physical ed teacher, dieticians, and therapists in movement, drama and art.
The uniqueness of the Department is in its integration of academic research and therapy, and in the existing connections with academic and research institutions in Israel and abroad. Accordingly, within the framework of the department, scores of psychiatric and psychological studies concerning the child and the adolescent are conducted by doctoral and masters students at various universities around the country.
The Schneider Research Center for the Study of the Interaction between Nutrition, Growth and Psychological Development was established for collaborative studies by the Institute of Endocrinology and Diabetes, the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition, and Liver Diseases, and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Schneider Children’s. One study focused on the development of a new nutritional formula for assisting children's growth without the need for medications such as growth hormone. The clinical trial showed very favorable results and the Center is now working on commercialization of the formula for worldwide distribution. The Center was recognized as an R&D Center by Tel Aviv University in 2010.