Didier Gamerdinger, Monaco’s Minister of Health and Social Affairs, has visited the staff of Centre Plati, a medical and psychological centre for children and adolescents to meet staff and to learn more about its work.
The Centre Plati supports children domiciled or schooled in the Principality who have psychological difficulties or learning disorders. The centre consists of three units: The Medical-Psychological Centre (CMP); The Partial-Time Therapeutic Reception Centre (CATTP); and the Centre for Screening for Learning Disorders (CDTA).
Dr Filippo Giulioni, a child psychiatrist, is in charge of the Medical-Psychological Centre, whose mission is to help children suffering from psychological disorders. Composed of a team of 12 people, the CMP offers individual care between the child and a therapist. Nearly 333 children and teenagers have so far benefited from an individualised follow-up by these professionals.
Parents, as decision-makers, are regularly informed about the child’s progress. “Parents are active and attentive partners in monitoring children,” the minister said.
The Partial Therapeutic Hospitality Centre and the Centre for Screening for Learning Disorders, under the responsibility of child psychiatrist Dr Marcelline Renaud-Yang, treat 200 children a year referred by a school doctor, a city doctor or the Princess Grace Hospital.
The CATTP is made up of a multidisciplinary team of 11 people and carries out treatment groups with other young people. Created at the end of 2012, the Centre for Screening for Learning Disorders now has 28 therapeutic groups, which makes it possible to anticipate and detect learning disabilities of children with socialisation difficulties.
Dr Renaud-Yang says that this is about employing techniques that help the child to decrypt his emotions to better focus.