Child and Adolescent Development
An Institute Cornerstone
The Institute has a firm commitment to healthy child development, by offering education and training to mental health professionals, early childhood educators and others who work with children. Through the Schiele Clinic Practicum Program, children are treated not only in the Clinic itself , but also in St. Louis KIPP schools and the Casa de Salud mental health collaborative — taking treatment to traditionally underserved populations within the area.
“Child development entails the biological, psychological and emotional changes that occur in human beings between birth and the conclusion of adolescence, as the individual progresses from dependency to increasing autonomy. It is a continuous process with a predictable sequence, yet having a unique course for every child. It does not progress at the same rate and each stage is affected by the preceding developmental experiences.”