Children's Hospital Colorado
Pediatric Mental Health Institute
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Outpatient Therapy for Mood and Thought Disorders

What is the Mood and Thought Disorders Program?

This program specializes in treating children and adolescents with mood and thought disorders, including but not limited to major depression, bipolar disorder or psychosis, including schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado?

Our treatment strategies are based on the philosophy that helping a child or teen, requires a family-based approach. The Mood and Thought Disorders Routine Outpatient Psychiatry Program is designed to treat not just the individual youngster, but parents and siblings as well. In addition, all of our programs are skills-building or strengths-oriented, meaning that our psychotherapies strive to build on existing strengths and foster new psychosocial skills in families. In a nutshell, our approaches derive from the overarching goal of family empowerment.

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we are committed to providing evidence-based and standardized treatments. All of our programs have been validated by research and outcome data. Many of our faculty have contributed to field advancements and are regionally and nationally renowned for their achievements and expertise. Our programs are multidisciplinary in nature, with providers from varied disciplines including nursing, social work, psychology and psychiatry, to ensure that all treatment needs are served.

Finally, we have the unique ability to offer a comprehensive continuum of care, with programs from inpatient to day treatment, from intensive outpatient to routine outpatient. Most of our providers offer continued follow-up into lower levels of care, ensuring continuity and quality of care.

Services offered

Routine Outpatient Psychiatry Program
We offer comprehensive outpatient services including evaluations, medication management and psychological testing, along with individual, group, family and creative arts therapy. We serve patients aged 5 to 17, with most psychiatric diagnoses, and their families.

Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry Program
Launched in 2006, our Intensive Outpatient Psychiatry Program has been extremely successful. It has achieved positive clinical outcomes and received consistently high patient-satisfaction ratings. The Intensive Outpatient Program is designed to serve youth with mood and disruptive behavior disorders who are stepping down to a lower level of care, or patients who have not been successful with routine outpatient treatment. It is also well-suited for youth who have recently presented the need for an urgent or emergent psychiatric assessment.

The program holds sessions for parents and youth three times a week, for a five-week course of treatment. Components include a psychosocial assessment, psycho-education, psychosocial skills training, parent effectiveness training and creative arts therapies. The program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of experts, specializing in the treatment of disruptive and mood disorders for youth and their families. Please call 720-777-6200 for more information regarding medication consultations.

Referral information

Referrals for routine outpatient mental health services are made through our intake team. Our team will make every effort to work with insurance companies, although not all insurances will authorize treatment at Children's Hospital Colorado. For more information, or if you are a physician seeking to make a referral, please call 720-777-6200.

Resources for families

For more information about mood or thought disorders, we recommend the following websites and online bookstores:




Bipolar Disorders



Thought Disorders