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A Comprehensive Approach to Treatment for Children

Kids with psychiatric disorders may need medication. But they also need a therapeutic alliance.

Writer: Julie Zito, PhD

Dr. Julie Zito of the University of Maryland discusses the challenges of treating children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. For Professor Zito, the key is to not only practice “state-of-the-art psychopharmacology,” but also to practice “state-of-the-art comprehensive care” with a wide range of family members and professionals she calls the “therapeutic alliance.”

For more on this subject, watch How to Manage Medication as Children Grow.

This article was last reviewed or updated on December 5, 2023.