The Children’s Safe Harbor child psychiatrists and their team can work with your child to assess the situation and perform psychological testing if appropriate.
Our program offers treatment options for a wide range of behavioral issues including, but not limited to:
- Anger management
- Adjustment difficulties
- Coping skills
- Eating disorders
- Stress management
- Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Harbor offers many parenting groups that serve as an important part of your child’s treatment plan. These groups educate about specific disorders and provide direction on the best ways to encourage appropriate behaviors. These parenting groups offer the tools to better understand a child with developmental disabilities, delays or disorders.
Psychiatric Evaluation & Medication Services
Psychiatric evaluations are a detailed interview to identify the mental and developmental needs of your child. These evaluations may lead to the use of medication. If medications are prescribed, your child’s usage and reactions will be monitored through medication management appointments.
Psychological testing is often recommended to answer questions about your child’s problems with learning, behavior and attention deficit. Psychological testing also can assess for mood problems such as anxiety and depression, and assess for cognitive problems and developmental delays.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an effective treatment backed by 20 years of research. It consists of 12-20 sessions and is engaging for both the parent and child. Live coaching is the primary method of training, through an earpiece, while the therapist observes the caregiver and child. Caregivers are coached by the therapist on specific play-therapy and discipline techniques.
For children, many experiences can be traumatic, including: moving to a new home, separation from parents, witnessing or hearing violence, divorce, loss of a family member or friend, physical injuries, and abuse.
Nearly 10% of Americans will experience symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) at some point in their life. With treatment, 70% of individuals report a significant reduction or elimination of symptoms.
TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is a short-term treatment typically provided in 12 to 18 sessions of 60 to 90 minutes, depending on treatment needs. The intervention is typically provided in our office, but it has been used in community and in-home settings.
Symptoms of youth suffering with trauma may include:
- Frequent nightmares
- Emotional reactivity
- Difficulty concentrating
- Fear of the dark
- Fear of being alone
Trauma can originate from any number of experiences such as:
- Abuse (physical, emotional, sexual)
- Domestic Violence (witnessed or victim of)
- Loss of a loved one
- Natural Disasters (tornados, car accidents, fires)
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network recommends the following treatments:
Advantages of TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy):
Show reductions in areas such as depression, anxiety, dissociation, behavior problems, sexualized behavior, and trauma-related shame
Demonstrate improved interpersonal trust and social competence
Develop improved personal safety skills
Advantages of PCIT (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy):
Improves children’s self-esteem
Helps children develop their ability to cope with issues such as: frustration, anger, anxiety, and sadness
Improves relationship and support between parent and child
Harbor is the only location in Northwest Ohio providing both TF-CBT and PCIT.
We are confident that we have the experience, compassion, and comprehensive approach to provide the assistance your child needs.For more information on all services provided at Children’s Safe Harbor
Jobst Tower at Toledo Children’s Hospital
2109 Hughes Drive, Toledo, OH 43606
123 22nd Street Toledo, OH 43604