Most children and adolescents pass through their different developmental stages without significant problems. However, for some young people, one or more phases of the transition to adulthood can be difficult, even painful. When this occurs, it can lead to behaviors that may disrupt or threaten the child’s and family’s stability, thus requiring the
support of professionals. At times such as these, isn’t it good to know that the experts are close to home at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Nicklaus Children's Hospital is a nationally recognized pediatric specialty hospital that has been treating children for 60 years. Through our experience we have found that the best care is collaborative care. Our unique therapeutic program reflects this philosophy by utilizing the team approach, involving professionals, child and family to resolve issues.
A confidential consultation with our professional staff of Pediatric Psychologists
may be helpful if your child has experienced any of the following problems:
- Divorce in the family
- A sudden change in friends or activities
- Family Conflict and arguments
- Childhood fears and anxiety
- Low self-esteem or withdrawal from family and friends
- Sudden gain or loss in weight
- Irritability and anger
- Poor school performance or a sudden drop in grades
- Support Groups are also offered
The most frequent diagnoses are mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and attention deficit disorders (ADD). Patients are assigned to either the children or adolescent Behavior Modification Program. The emphasis is on providing positive reinforcement in the form of praise, group support and rewards for appropriate behaviors.
A Full Spectrum of Care
Nicklaus Children's Hospital Psychiatry Department is a full-service psychiatric treatment center for children, adolescents and families. The department offers outpatient
care to meet the needs of children and families. In addition to individual and family therapy, the department provides outpatient group psychotherapy and topic-specific psychoeducational groups for children and parents.
Inpatient Care: A Structured Therapeutic Environment
The inpatient program offers a safe, highly structured and staff-intensive environment. The 20-bed unit incorporates a wide range of daily therapies and activities aimed at developing problem-solving and coping skills, and self esteem. Treatments include individual, family, group and expressive art therapies, psychiatric medication management, psychological and psychoeducational assessments, individual psychotherapy, family therapy, parent therapy and topic-specific group psychotherapy and an array of physical activities.
Medication evaluation and management is provided as needed. Family involvement is the cornerstone of the program with family therapy sessions scheduled routinely. These sessions involve parents, guardians and others involved in the patient’s family system.
Referrals may be initiated by mental health professionals, physicians, community agencies, clergy, schools or family members. Pre-admission information about the services, verification of insurance benefits and an intake interview are offered without charge.