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The Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology offers a number of specialty programs within the Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology Program:
The division treats children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with medical conditions or chronic illnesses to assist the child or teen and their family to adjust to changes caused by the medical condition, to help control symptoms like pain and discomfort, to better follow the medical treatment recommendations and to deal with emotional side effects of medial condition which can include anxiety or sadness.
Children are referred to the Center for Adherence Promotion and Self-Management for evaluation and assistance following medical treatment recommendations and coping with chronic medical conditions.
Biofeedback is a training technique used to alleviate pain and stress. There is strong research evidence of biofeedback’s use in treating pediatric migraines and headaches. Patients are taught to control a variety of body functions such as skin temperature, heart rate, breathing and muscle tension by using signals from their own bodies. Patients are trained in relaxation skills such as deep breathing, guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation while they receive feedback on a computer screen.
Outpatient Therapy Services
Division psychologists treat children, adolescents and families for a wide variety of general mental health conditions such as anxiety, adjustment disorders and depression. Our child clinical psychologists work at five neighborhood locations (Harrison, Fairfield, Mason, Eastgate and Oak) and at the Burnet Campus.
Our clinicians use the evidence-based practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), specifically utilizing Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), to treat OCD. We involve the family in treatment planning and monitoring of treatment progress. Patients and parents follow the child's progress in treatment by graphing symptom severity at every session.
Children are referred to the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Program for both comprehensive evaluations and assistance with behavioral management of attention problems.
Behavior Therapy Groups consist of eight weekly sessions and focus on the behavioral treatment of 6- to 12-year-old children with ADHD. Behavioral therapy groups are also occasionally offered for the following groups (check with BMCP Intake on current offerings):
Outpatient Testing Services
Children are referred to the Neuropsychology Program to address neurologically based cognitive and behavior problems. The team helps these children learn, grow and reach their highest potential.
The Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology conducts psychological evaluations for a variety of reasons. Children are often referred for testing to determine their levels of intellectual, or emotional functioning, areas of strengths and weaknesses, and styles of learning and processing information. This testing is useful for diagnostic purposes, treatment planning, and offering care recommendations for home and school. Insurance coverage for psychological testing varies by plan, but our support staff will assist you in learning about your benefits and coverage. Often, insurance does not cover testing for learning disabilities.
Behavioral Medicine Consultation-Liaison Service (inpatient)
We provide a Behavioral Medicine Consultation-Liaison (C-L) service for pediatric inpatients admitted to the medical, surgical, intensive care and rehabilitation units at Cincinnati Children’s. This service assists patients and their families with a variety of concerns related to their hospitalization including pain management, coping with new diagnoses, anxiety related to hospitalization and family-team communication. While healthcare providers often identify patients and families who may benefit from this service, patients and families can request a consult. The Behavioral Medicine C-L Service is designed to help promote family-centered care.
Psychological Testing Consultations to Psychiatry
Children and adolescents admitted to psychiatry’s inpatient, partial hospitalization and residential treatment programs can be referred for a psychological testing consultation.
Testing consultation is useful for diagnostic clarification, case conceptualization and outpatient treatment planning, especially when patients are not making progress with outpatient treatment or need a quick response due to a psychiatric crisis. Psychological testing can identify illness factors that a patient cannot identify or articulate. It can help the care team prioritize personalized treatment goals, and can serve as a second opinion to support or refute initial clinical impressions. In addition, testing can identify and document changes in functioning following residential treatment.
The testing team meets with the child during his or her psychiatry stay and provides testing results to the treatment team within a day.
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