When beginning to get into the field of Human Services, one would like to be given the the opportunity to explore potential Field Placement sites, to arrange for a placement, to apply the concepts related to legal and ethical issues in human services, and to identify ethical dilemmas in human services and apply critical thinking skills to the resolution thereof. The following paper will touch base on visiting an agency, and go some details on what it takes to work with an agency in Human Services. An interview took place on August 28, 2010. The interview was with Lori Baird who is a child psychotherapist at C.R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Ft. Hood, Texas. She works at Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Evaluation Services. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a specialization in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. The Hours of Operation are Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. After hours on weekends & holidays, psychiatric emergency services for children and adolescents are available through Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s Emergency Department, 288-8114/8113. Location of the agency is Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Building 36000, 5th Floor (5 West Ward). Some phone numbers that can be reached to reach the agency are (254) 288-8731, 286-7079, 286-7820, and also facsimile (254) 286-7629. Darnall hospital also offers other services in the Behavioral Health Division. It provides outpatient and inpatient treatment and consultation related to the management and treatment of behavioral issues and mental health concerns. The Behavioral Health Division consists of outpatient mental health services provided at the Resilience & Restoration Center (R&R Center), the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Evaluation Service (CAPES), the Inpatient Psychiatry Service, the Department of Social Work (DSW), the Administrative Psychiatry Service, and the Department of Substance Abuse Services (DSAS). While visiting with Lori Baird, the agency has a variety of programs and services. This agency of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Evaluation Service (CAPES) can provide comprehensive evaluations and consultations for children and adolescents who exhibit a wide variety of behavioral and psychiatric challenges. The goal of the agency is to provide the most clinically effective and least restrictive level of care to our patients. The services are provided by a professional staff that includes Child Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, and Social Work & Psychology Interns. CAPES services are available for children and adolescents (infant to 18 years) of active-duty and retired service members who are enrolled in DEERS and are TRICARE eligible. This agency also takes patient referrals various clinics, schools, legal systems, and walk-ins are welcome. CAPES services for Triage parents only, perform a screening and classification to determine the priority of need for psychiatric care. Upon completion of required form, a triage counselor (usually an intern) performs a brief evaluation of the problem and provides any additional paperwork or forms. The triage counselor provides an appointment with a clinician for a comprehensive assessment for definitive treatment recommendations. CAPES also offers group sessions and classes for patients. An example of one group is Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Group. This group meets on Tuesdays from 4:15 - 5:30 p.m. This group is for children who have ADHD. A CAPES therapist (me) provides age appropriate information about ADHD and how to cope with the disorder. Games and activities focus on social skills, listening, planning ahead, self-esteem, and other areas that usually give ADHD children and adolescents problems. Another group is Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Psychoeducational...
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