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Services and specializations

Behavioral Health ServicesBehavioral Health addresses the psychological and psychiatric needs for children, adolescents, and their families.

To access any of our services, please contact our Intake Department. To expedite your call, please have your child’s date of birth and insurance information ready.

Outpatient care

Outpatient psychiatry and psychology services are designed for children and teenagers in need of less intensive treatment. Our services engage children and teens in an environment that is nurturing and appropriate for their age and needs. The child, parents and clinicians work together to develop a custom treatment plan to help achieve your family's goals.

We have seven clinics throughout Tarrant and Denton counties where licensed professionals provide:

Support information:

Inpatient psychiatric care

The Inpatient Psychiatric Unit program at Cook Children's Medical Center is an 11-bed unit serving children 2 years through twelve. The program is designed for children who require intensive treatment and need a highly structured method of care. Our focus is on crisis stabilization and returning the child to his or her home as soon as possible. We utilize the Collaborative Problem Solving Model as our treatment method and believe that children are to be treated with dignity and respect. The treatment team works together and focuses on re-establishing the family as the most important influence in the child's life. We encourage family involvement in all programs and provide parent education to maintain the child's long-term well-being.

As part of Cook Children's integrated health care system, we have easy access to medical specialty consultation which allows both emotional and physical concerns to be addressed. Our staff consists of board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists, registered nurses, licensed family therapists, program specialists, recreational therapists, Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) teachers and a FWISD teacher's aid.

Inpatient Psychiatric Unit program offers services 24 hours a day including:

Each part of the program is carefully planned to help the child improve his or her mood and behavior. Many of these activities take place in groups.

The entire treatment team meets daily to discuss the child's treatment, goals and progress. The doctor also meets with the child to discuss their progress. Each child's treatment plan is tailored to his individual goals and addresses the specific behaviors that need help. The treatment team may identify other issues such as health problems and social needs that should be addressed while the child is in our care as well.

Make an appointment

To make an appointment for your child, please contact:

Behavioral Health Services
Intake Department
682-885-3917 phone

In case of emergency, take your child to the nearest emergency room.

Partial Hospitalization Program

The Partial Hospitalization Program at Cook Children's Medical Center is a program for children ages 6 years through 17. It is ideal for children that are not in need of inpatient care, but demonstrate the need for intensive treatment. These children are experiencing difficulty at home and at school and may be having trouble with peers as well. Failing grades, arguing with teachers/classmates/siblings, and depression are a few of the symptoms that we see in the children admitted to the Partial Hospitalization Program.

While in the program, an individualized treatment plan is developed by the patients, doctor, nurse and family therapist. We evaluate whether medication is needed and if prescribed, the medication is monitored and stabilized. The child also attends school and is assessed by Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) special education teachers.

The program meets from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 901 7th Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104.

Clinical Therapist program

The Clinical Therapist program at Cook Children's Medical Center began four years ago in the Hematology and Oncology department. It now serves patients in the Endocrinology and Palliative Care departments as well.

Our clinical therapists provide therapeutic support, crisis intervention and counseling services to our patients and families dealing with chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses. They support these families by providing understanding, assisting with coping skill development and parent education. Counseling services may be provided using cognitive-behavioral, family-therapy or family systems model. Play therapy is used for small children. Additional services for further mental health interventions may be recommended and coordinated by the therapists. When necessary, they perform mental health assessments and are able to work with the doctors assigned to the patient to ensure their emotional and behavioral needs are met. They are able to assist with mental health referrals as needed. They work as a part of the psychosocial team to support the patient's well-being.

The therapists are able to provide education to the patients and their families regarding the emotional effects of their chronic illness and the treatment. These illnesses take a severe emotional toll on not just the patient, but the families as well. These therapists are there to help create a support system for the family throughout the child's illness. Clinical therapists can work with the patient and/or family in the hospital, the clinic or in their offices.

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