University of Vermont

Department of Psychology

Specialty Services
The Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
The Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Service is a specialty treatment service offered through the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center (BTPC) at the University of Vermont. The goals of the ADHD Service are: To provide state-of-the-art treatment for 5 to 12-year-old children with ADHD and their families; and to conduct research studies that will further our knowledge about ADHD and the best ways to treat it. The ADHD Service offers behavior modification treatments that have been shown through research to be effective for ADHD. These treatments include individual and group parent training and school consultation.
Parent training is used to teach parents how to structure the home environment in a way that helps children with ADHD to function better. Once learned, parents can use their skills on a continuing basis to help their child. If your child's teacher agrees to work with us, school consultation can be provided to assist teachers in structuring the school environment in a way that helps the child behave and perform better at school. This includes helping your child's teacher to set up and monitor simple behavior programs to increase the child's motivation and performance at school.
The ADHD Service is coordinated by Betsy Hoza, Ph.D., a Professor of Psychology at the University of Vermont and a nationally-recognized expert on ADHD. If you are interested in receiving treatment at the ADHD Service or in learning more about what is offered, please call (802) 656-2661 and specify that you are calling about the ADHD Service. You will be sent an information and screening packet to complete. Upon our receipt of your completed screening packet, we will determine whether your child's problems can best be served by the ADHD Service. If so, we will call you to schedule your first appointment. If not, we will redirect you to a more appropriate provider at the BTPC.
Connecting Cultures
Over 5,000 refugees have settled in Vermont, mainly in Burlington, since 1990 (Vermont State Refugee Office, 2009). Refugees in Vermont originate from more than 20 countries, including Somalia, Sudan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Iraq. Several studies indicate well over half of refugees enter this country with significant levels of psychopathology, with some studies reporting rates of over 80%.
In response to the mental health needs of Vermont's refugees, a model of mental health services now exists through the Connecting Cultures Program, a clinical-science specialty service of the BTPC in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Vermont. The Connecting Cultures Program provides an integrated, culturally sensitive approach to working with these populations, including:
  • community-based outreach services
  • Direct clinical services
  • mental health research
  • training
Each of these four integrated components informs and enhances the others. Specifically, a community-based forum is used to provide clinical outreach services (e.g., parenting skills, stress management), and direct services are provided for an array of mental health concerns. Additionally, evaluative research involving understanding refugees' mental health is ongoing. Finally, an emphasis is placed on providing training opportunities for clinical psychology graduate students.
Eating Disorders
The target of this specialty service is to treat disorder eating through a combination of (1) cognitive-behavioral interventions designed to change behaviors and (2) insight-oriented therapy that facilitated understanding of the true function of the behaviors and further empowers those affected by the eating disorder. Although individual course of treatment may vary, we typically recommend that you meet with your therapist on a weekly basis at first with the option of increasing the length between sessions after 2-3 months of working together. We do not impose arbitrary time limits on the number of sessions you have with your therapist as that decision is based on individual progress and assessment of treatment goals. With the exception of the initial intake session which can last up to 90 minutes, all individual sessions are 50 minutes in length.
For additional information on the services offered by the Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center or to make an appointment please call our confidential intake service at (802) 656-2661.

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