Patient Care

Portrait of Rick Hafer
Rick Hafer, PhD
Vice Chair of Patient Care

Understanding, Knowledge and Care Guide Recovery

Treating patients is a pre-eminent feature within the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry. Our team of skilled faculty and care providers offers treatment along the complete developmental spectrum from early childhood through senior adulthood.

Our mission is to understand the unique needs of each patient and use current knowledge and psychotherapy research to develop a treatment plan leading to recovery. Programs and services we provide include: cognitive-behavioral therapy, treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, the use of brief treatment modalities, dialectical behavioral therapies, supportive groups related to depression and chronic illnesses, consultative services with primary care physicians, mindfulness training and the application to anxiety and depression, senior adult/geriatric consultation and treatment, and family and marital therapy treatment.

The Immediate Treatment Clinic (ITC) is a recent expansion of our patient care. This clinic provides immediate service (same or next day) to individuals requiring urgent mental health care. The ITC treats those recently discharged from inpatient care and people in acute distress. The ITC also provides medication consultations with primary care physicians and prompt care for patients referred from within UW Health. Collaborating with primary care and better integrating behavioral health service is an important and critical goal of the ITC.

In addition to delivering a range of patient care services, measuring the "outcome" or treatment success is an integral part of our process. Pre-test measures of anxiety, depression, and or global medical health functioning are compared at key intervals to evaluate progress and provide patient feedback.

The mission for successful patient care ultimately rests with the interpersonal relationship established between our practitioners and their patients. We never lose sight of the importance of respect, compassion, listening, being allies for coping with life's challenges, and most importantly providing our patients with a greater ability to adapt and lead healthy lives.

Rick Hafer, PhD
Vice Chair of Patient Care