Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Anxiety and Tic Disorders

The Weill Cornell Pediatric OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program (POCAT) is a sub-specialty clinic operated through the Weill Cornell Medical College Physicians' Organization. Led by Shannon Bennett, PhD and Justin Mohatt, MD, POCAT provides a team-based approach to treating children and adolescents utilizing state of the art evidence-based practices that can be applied along a continuum of intensity, from regular outpatient visits through intensive outpatient treatment over multiple days a week, and summer intensive programs. Treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure with Response Prevention, Habit Reversal Therapy, supportive and psychodynamic psychotherapies, group therapy, parent guidance, and medication evaluation and management. The structure of the clinic allows for flexibility in treatment planning, rapid assessment in crisis situations, prompt access to your providers, and a high level of privacy and discretion in a fee-for-service model of personalized care. POCAT provides one of the only Intensive Outpatient Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) programs in the region using a successful model developed by Dr. Bennett when she led a similar program at UCLA. The intensive program consists of approximately ten hours a week of active treatment, and includes evaluation, psychoeducation, Exposure with Response Prevention, medication evaluation and management, parent sessions, and group therapy. This model of intensive care can be an alternative to hospitalization or step down from hospitalization. In addition, it provides a way for families without easy access to expert treatment to receive intensive care in a time-limited manner, and then return to their home community. For all families, we provide a specific and thorough plan for aftercare. For those returning to home communities outside New York City, this includes a plan for continuing to practice newly learned skills to maintain treatment gains, coordination with a treatment provider in your home community for continuity of care, and the opportunity for follow-up visits with us by phone or in person, if needed. For those in nearby communities, we provide the added option of ongoing follow-up treatment in our clinic. Another unique feature of POCAT is our new Summer Intensive Program, which will provide the same level of therapeutic intervention as the regular intensive outpatient program, but does so in a camp-like setting, five days a week for one or two week sessions beginning in July 2011. This program addresses OCD as well as other non-OCD anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder, Social Phobia, Selective Mutism, and specific phobias. It is appropriate for a broad range of children and teens with moderately to severely impairing symptoms, and their families. It can be an alternative to traditional summer day camps for youth unable to participate in those programs due to their anxiety symptoms. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Dr. Bennett at 212-821-0789 or Dr. Mohatt at 212-821-0604.