Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Program

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Program at Henry Ford Kingswood Hospital, the center for inpatient psychiatric care at Henry Ford Behavioral Health Services, offers comprehensive care for children and teens with psychiatric conditions.

Child and adolescent psychiatric care in Michigan

Our 24-bed pediatric unit provides safe, specialized care for children and adolescents with behavioral disorders. The pediatric specialists at Kingswood have in-depth expertise and years of experience evaluating and treating children and teens.

We combine our skills and resources with a compassionate touch. Our team strongly encourages parents and loved ones to participate during the treatment process.

We assign our patients a room based on:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Type of psychiatric illness
  • Current health status

For young patients experiencing a severe psychiatric crisis, our pediatric unit includes six beds designed for one-to-one care, providing ultimate safety, treatment and healing.

Pediatric psychiatric care team at Kingswood

We designed our Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Program to provide closely supervised and personalized treatment plans for each patient. A pediatric psychiatrist and team of pediatric specialists supervise and provide the daily care for our patients. Our team includes specialists in:

  • Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Social work
  • Activities therapy

Pediatric mental health care: Assessment and treatment

Our specialists provide the full spectrum of assessment and treatments for children and teens:

  • Complete psychiatric evaluation
  • Physical-medical assessment
  • Educational achievement testing
  • Medication management
  • Dietary consultations as needed
  • Family assessment
  • Activity and leisure counseling

Pediatric mental health treatment: Services we provide

Every patient receives a personalized treatment plan. Types of therapy include:

  • Individual counseling. Individual counseling is the primary responsibility of the treating pediatric psychiatrist. Other team members may provide counseling as well.
  • Family therapy. Our social workers conduct the family counseling sessions. Family involvement is necessary as a critical part of a patient’s treatment. These sessions focus on crisis intervention, stabilization, health education and planning for the patient’s discharge.
  • Group therapy. Social workers conduct these sessions. Group therapy meets every day, for 60-90 minutes.
  • Educational classes. We provide a number of educational classes to promote healing, recovery and long-term health. These classes include:
    • Life skills classes. Our nursing staff or social workers teach these classes, offered daily. Topics include self-esteem, anger, substances of abuse, assertiveness, conflict resolution, relationship issues, peer pressure, value judgments and stress management.
    • Activity therapy. We plan creative activities as a therapeutic technique.
    • Occupational and recreational therapies. Occupational and recreational therapists provide these services. These types of therapies provide opportunities for social interaction and are helpful in assessing patients’ skills and limitations.
  • Special education program. A certified special education teacher facilitates this program. We individualize the instruction based on to the emotional limitations and therapeutic needs of the patient. The teacher serves as the primary contact for the patient’s school. With consent from the parent/guardian, the teacher will contact the patient’s school to discuss treatment goals and discharge planning.
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