A mental health disorder can show up differently in children than in adults. It can affect the way your child behaves at home, at school, and socially. To help your child, it’s important that we find what’s causing their behavior. Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at WVU Medicine Children’s focuses on treating the whole child, including mental and physical health.
Behavioral concerns can be linked with many other issues, including neurological disorders, past trauma, and anxiety. We offer health and healing for West Virginia children and families by providing a safe and compassionate environment.
Conditions We Treat
Our psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, neuropsychologists, and case workers treat all mental health disorders in kids. These include, but are not limited to:
- Behavior disorders
- Conduct disorder
- Conversion disorder
- Dissociative disorder
- Eating disorders
- Mood disorders
- Oppositional defiant disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Mental and emotional distress can also cause physical conditions, including:
- Chronic pain
- Metabolic disorders
Acute psychiatric adolescent unit
We provide crisis care for children and adolescents at WVU Medicine’s Chestnut Ridge Center. We offer stabilization through hospitalization for young people (ages 13 to 18) with suicidal or homicidal ideations, psychotic symptoms, and other types of severe distress. Our child crisis services include stabilization, medication management, psychotherapy, family therapy, recreational therapy, and anger management.
Inpatient consultation services
We offer consultations for children and adolescents with acute psychiatric concerns who have been admitted to inpatient care or the emergency department. We assess what level of care your child needs and provide the best medication and psychotherapy services to meet those needs.
Outpatient Specialty Clinics
We’ve assembled a variety of outpatient specialty clinics focused on the unique needs of children and adolescents. Our services include individual, family, and group counseling. We treat issues like substance abuse, eating disorders, and post-traumatic syndromes.
Resiliency after complex trauma (ReACT) clinic
We offer care for young people recovering from complex trauma. Our ReACT Clinic provides psychiatry and counseling services. Our trauma-focused therapies include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
- Trust-based relational intervention
Pediatric referral for evaluation of the essential needs of teens (PREVENT) clinic
Our PREVENT Clinic focuses on the needs of adolescents with substance abuse issues. We help them understand the thoughts and behaviors that lead them to drug or alcohol use. Our team offers individual, family, and peer-group counseling.
Eating disorder interdisciplinary treatment (EDIT) clinic
We help children and adolescents dealing with eating disorders. Our team includes psychiatrists, dietitians, pediatricians, and therapists specializing in adolescent medicine. We use cognitive behavior therapy and family counseling throughout the recovery process.
Parent-child interaction therapy clinic
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) works with families who have children exhibiting behavioral challenges. The program guides parents and children to assist in navigating issues, like noncompliance, aggressive behaviors, tantrums, and oppositional behaviors. WVU Medicine Children’s PCIT lab works with children between the ages of two and seven years old along with their families.
Children’s Neurodevelopmental Center
We provide services for children who have growth and development disabilities of the brain and central nervous system. We treat balance and movement disorders, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorders, demyelinating disorders, and others. Learn more about the WVU Medicine Children’s Neurodevelopmental Center.
Pediatric nephrology clinic
We work closely with the pediatric nephrology team to meet the needs of children with chronic kidney disorders. Our psychologists help patients and their families with stress management and coping skills. We also provide emotional and psychological support before and after transplant surgeries.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for outpatient care for your child or teen, please call 304-598-4214. We also offer consultation and support services for community providers.
Rural telepsychiatry clinics
We’re committed to helping patients and providers throughout West Virginia get access to psychiatric services. Our telepsychiatry program serves remote areas of the state, including:
- Calhoun County
- Kanawha County
- Mingo County
- Roane County
- Wyoming County
Healthcare providers can call 304-598-4214 for more information about telepsychiatry services.