Psychiatry and Psychological Services: Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service

The Center for Pediatric Psychiatry has an interdisciplinary consultation-liaison team that evaluates and treats the emotional, behavioral and cognitive needs of pediatric patients receiving care in the medical setting. The psychiatric consult team consists of psychiatrists, pediatric health psychologists, psychiatric social workers, and clinical therapists to recognize and address the complex psychological needs of medical patients. The team assists pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists identify and diagnose and evaluate problems, start treatment, determine the appropriate level of psychiatric care needed, and arrange for community-based follow-up. All patients and families seen at Children's have access to psychiatric consultation services.

Members of the psychiatry consult service also work with specific medical teams to evaluate patients and provide interventions. Pediatric health psychologists and other consultation-liaison staff offer integrated psychological services and serve as a liaison to other services available in psychiatry. Pediatric health psychologists have particular expertise in pain management, promoting medication adherence in children with chronic illness, aiding in the transition to adult care, promoting healthy-self image, and coping and adjustment to chronic illness.

Services with dedicated psychologists include:

  • ARMS
  • Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Endocrinology
  • Foster Care
  • Gastroenterology
  • International Adoption Medicine
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Pain Management
  • Plastics and Craniofacial Surgery
  • REACH
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Solid Organ Transplant

Clinical services provided by the psychiatry consultation-liaison team include:

  • Assessment of psychiatric need for children hospitalized with a medical illness 
  • Medication evaluations
  • Brief psychological interventions for inpatients
  • Individual therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Parenting groups