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Psychological services

Psychological services

Psychological Services

Inpatient psychology services

Our psychologist specializes in providing assessment, evidence-based intervention and consultation services to youth who are adjusting to a new diagnosis, having difficulty making decisions, having trouble adhering to treatment or who may benefit from support related to trauma. While outpatient psychology services are not available at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia, the psychologist will attempt to provide youth being discharged from the inpatient setting, or youth who are seen in the outpatient clinic, with mental health referrals near their homes, if appropriate.

Services include:

  • Evaluating emotional, social and family functioning
  • Enhancing adaptive coping approaches
  • Providing cognitive behaviorally based interventions within a family systems context
  • Conducting individual, family and group therapy as appropriate
  • Teaching non-pharmaceutical approaches to pain and stress management
  • Offering decision making support (e.g., when a patient is asked to provide consent/assent for a surgical procedure)
  • Delivering consultation to the multidisciplinary treatment team

Neuropsychology services

Our consulting, licensed neuropsychologist works closely with the staff psychologist/treatment team and tests concepts such as memory, attention, language and information processing and problem solving to get a picture of brain function. Extensive reports including recommendations, based on the testing results, are generated and used to help make treatment and future school recommendations.

Neuropsychological evaluations are considered for:

  • Youth with known or possible brain trauma resulting in behavior that is interfering with treatment
  • Youth with developmental problems that affect their behavior and learning and that are interfering with treatment

Psychiatry services

Our licensed psychiatrists provide consultation coverage 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year through telepsychiatry via video conferencing. These clinicians work closely with our psychologist/treatment team and specialize in the evaluation and psychopharmacological treatment of youth with both psychiatric and orthopaedic issues.