Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuropsychology Consultation Services
More than 1,800 new patients a year are evaluated through the psychiatry consult and liaison service, which provides psychiatric consultation to the medical services at Children's Health℠.
Why Children's Health℠?
Children’s Health℠ is the nation’s eighth-largest pediatric health care provider. Children’s has been recognized for our treatment approach and our dedication to excellent health care and service. U.S. News & World Report, in its 2018-2019 “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey, named us as one of the top U.S. pediatric hospitals.
We offer one of the most comprehensive specialty programs available for children and teens who need psychiatric and psychological services:
- We provide a full continuum of care including outpatient services, intensive outpatient services, day treatment services, partial hospitalization, and inpatient hospitalization services
- Our physicians and psychologists are locally and nationally recognized as experts in treating eating disorders, depression, suicidality and medical conditions with psychiatric problem
- We have the state’s largest child and adolescent eating disorders program
- More than 600 children a month receive outpatient services in our psychiatry, psychology and neuropsychology services
- Landmark national studies involving the diagnosis and treatment of childhood depression have been conducted by our renowned faculty
We work closely with you, your child and family.
Consultation helps when it’s difficult for a parent to recognize serious problems such as an eating disorder, mood disorder and suicidal tendencies.
Different disciplines are part of the consultation liaison service. These include the psychiatry, psychology and neuropsychology specialties.
- Psychiatry focuses on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders. A psychiatrist evaluates patients to determine whether symptoms result from physical or mental illness, or a combination of both. Psychiatrists attend medical school and psychiatry residency training. Our child psychiatrists receive additional training in caring for children and adolescents
- Psychology focuses on the study, treatment and prevention of problems with human behavior. Our child psychologist experts specialize in problems that affect children and adolescents
- Neuropsychology focuses on the study and treatment of brain function problems caused by brain disorders or injuries. Some disorders and diseases affect a child’s cognitive function (their ability to reason, remember and process language)
Children’s Health offers one of the most comprehensive specialty programs available for children and teens that need psychiatry and psychological services. Our psychiatrists, psychologists and neuropsychologists are supported by a team of therapists, nurses and other professionals committed to serving children, adolescents and their families. They all work closely with you, your child and family to help your child.
Liaison Service - Dallas and Plano Campus
Our consult team consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatric social workers, a consult liaison nurse and clinical therapists. Clinicians coordinate admissions to the outpatient specialty clinics, intensive outpatient program, day treatment programs, and the inpatient psychiatry program.
Services of our team involve patients from other medical services at Children's Health. Goals are to minimize stressful hospital experiences, promote healthy coping and help patients and their families return to their prior state of emotional well-being.
What to Expect
Your medical doctor may recommend that your child be seen by someone from our psychiatry consultation liaison service. If so, we recommend that she receive a brief explanation from you and members of the referring medical team before the consultation.
A member of the psychiatry consult team completes the consultation and provides guidance about how to proceed. Typically, the clinician meets with the patient and family together and then with the child and the family separately.
Most children who receive a psychiatry consult are evaluated by a psychiatrist, psychologist, licensed professional counselor or consult liaison nurse. The two-hour evaluation determines your child's diagnosis and the most appropriate services. The clinician may make recommendations for follow-up treatment during the hospitalization or following discharge in the community.
The clinician will then work with you to ensure that recommendations meet your child’s and your family’s needs and are manageable for your family to carry out.