N Y S P I

NEW YORK STATE PSYCHIATRIC INSTITUTE
SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT

 

4 Center

The General Clinical Research Service is a 12 bed, adult inpatient unit which functions dually as an intensive treatment ward and a training site for social work students, 2nd year residents in psychiatry, as well as students in occupational and recreational therapies, psychiatric nursing, and medicine.

Patients are admitted to participate in various research protocols designed to enhance our knowledge about and ability to treat eating disorders. Patients with these diagnoses (anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa) are simultaneously offered a full range of inpatient clinical services to address the symptoms of these disorders.

Patients are treated clinically by a multi-disciplinary team offering comprehensive therapeutic services including individual, group, family, recreational and occupational therapies.  The primary responsibilities of the social workers on this unit are individual casework, family therapy and disposition planning.  Family therapy includes those people connected to the patient deemed "significant others".  Disposition planning focuses on the needs of the patient after discharge, including outpatient referrals, aftercare services and other concrete needs.  Thorough evaluations and psychosocial assessments are conducted to develop an individualized treatment plan for patients. In addition, social workers are actively involved in the group therapy program.

The social work component is an integral part of the total treatment approach which attempts to maximize patient care services.

 


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