Each Treatment Team is comprised of a senior staff team leader (psychologist or social worker), a psychiatrist, and trainees (doctoral psychology intern, psychology extern, social work intern, nurse practitioner and, when schedules permit, psychiatric resident).
The team meets weekly for one to one and a half hours, depending on the time of academic year. Team leaders facilitate the meetings, with the psychiatrists and any other senior staff assisting.
The purpose of the team meeting is twofold: a group process for peer case discussion that can include obtaining treatment recommendations for the case as well as a training activity to hone case presentation, treatment planning, and diagnostic/assessment skills. (This is also an opportunity for staff who share cases, such as between psychiatrists and therapy staff, to discuss treatment issues.)
Several cases may be presented during the meeting. Leaders will ensure that trainees have approximately equal opportunities to discuss cases each week.
If any member of the Team is personally acquainted with a student whose case will be discussed during the disposition meeting, that team member should excuse him or herself during that portion of the meeting.