Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital are provided by a multidisciplinary team of licensed professionals with relevant training, specialization and skill in assessing and providing mental and behavioral health services to children and adolescents.
What is a multidisciplinary team?
Depending on each child and adolescent’s needs, a multidisciplinary team may consist of the following:
Psychiatrists are licensed physicians (MD or DO) who specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and pharmacology related to treating mental disorders. Their medical and psychiatric training prepares them to prescribe medication, participate in treatment planning and implementation. Children and adolescent psychiatrists are licensed physicians who specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of children and adolescents specifically.
Psychologists are specialists in the study of the structure and function of the brain and related behaviors and mental processes. They may provide psychological evaluation, assessment, testing and treatment. They do not prescribe medicine.
Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with advanced education and clinical expertise. They collaborate with physicians to provide consultation including evaluation, diagnosis and medication management for children and adolescents with developmental, behavioral and health problems. Nurse practitioners also provide advice to parents on issues of child rearing, behavior and discipline.
Nurses work collaboratively with providers and clinicians to develop and implement treatment plans for patients and their families. Nursing staff assists families through assessment, support and education.
Clinical Social Worker
Social Workers apply specialized knowledge of human development and behaviors and social, economic, and cultural systems in directly assisting individuals, families and groups to improve or restore their capacity for social functioning including counseling and the use of psychosocial interventions and social psychotherapy.
Counselors specialize in the application of clinical counseling principles, methods or procedures to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational or career development and adjustment, including the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders.
Clinical Chemical Dependency Counselor
A professional who is certified by the state to provide specific assessment and intervention for those using or abusing substances such as alcohol, tobacco or drugs.