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Hospital name: Hospital Dona Estefânia, Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Central
Hospital address: Rua Jacinta Marto, 1169-045 Lisboa, PORTUGAL
There are several opportunities for clinical observerships at Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department at Hospital Dona Estefânia (HDE) for both inpatients and outpatients units.
As clinical observers, residents will be highly involved in all clinical and academic activities that happen at the institution. However:
The Clinical observer is able to choose from one of the available inpatient units for a clinical observership:
Unidade de Pedopsiquiatria, HDE: This Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ward has 16 beds and is dedicated to the treatment of several mental disorders of children and adolescents with the age limit of 17 y.o. It is one of the three national CAP inpatient units. Patients have daily specific group interventions, like psychomotricity, occupational therapy or music therapy, as well as individual interventions. There are also daily clinical meetings, where the individual clinical state and therapeutic plan are discussed between the mental health professionals. There is a specific program for Eating Disorders, with a “step-by-step” approach for anorexia nervosa patients.
During your exchange, you will be able to attend the clinical meetings, the patient interviews and join some therapeutic groups. The consultants at this unit are also responsible for the Liasion CAP in other pediatric wards, so you might be able to join them in this work.
During your exchange, you will join the CAP team in their daily work. You can join some of the therapeutic groups and the clinical meetings.
Unidade da Primeira Infância (UPI) – Centro de Estudos do Bebé e da Criança (CEBC), HDE: This is an outpatient Infant Mental Health Unit with specialized care for babies and toddlers as old as 36 months. It integrates the CEBC, a collaboration between HDE’s CAP and Pediatric Departments. The CAP team includes not only CAP consultants and trainees but also a psychologist, nurses and an occupational therapist, and collaborates with the neurologic and developmental pediatricians, psychologist and speech therapist of the Pediatric team. UPI is specialized in autism spectrum disorder and adopts the DIR/Floortime approach to babies and toddlers. There is a specific approach in first visits of 12 to 24 months-old babies, where the “UPI Paradigm” is filmed, an adaptation of Mary Ainsworth’s “Strange Situation”. This recording is then discussed with all the team at weekly meetings, which allows a richer discussion and evaluation of each case.
During your exchange, you will be able to join in the consultant clinical activities as well as to participate in the clinical discussions during the clinical meetings. You might also be able to attend some specific Floortime and/or occupational therapy interventions.
Length of the programme: 2-6 weeks
Periods available: February to July and August to January; outer – preferable in the summer months (more availability)
Level of English required: Good (most clinical staff with being able to communicate in English)
Local language: recommended, especially if you plan to participate in group therapy activities
Other requirements: Proof of Medical Residency and permission from the trainee’s institution for leave of absence is required
Visa needed? Check with the embassy
Travel and health insurance needed: highly recommended
Useful websites: http://www.chlc.min-saude.pt/
Local coordinator: Ana Teresa Prata