Psychiatry Consultation Service | Programs and Services

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Boston Children's Hospital Psychiatry Consultation Service is an inpatient program that supports patients admitted to Boston Children's Hospital and their families by offering:

  • diagnostic evaluations
  • short-term, problem-focused therapeutic interventions
  • crisis management for patients and parents
  • medication evaluations and treatment
  • training in healthy coping skills
  • education on the relationship between physical illness and psychological distress
  • coordination of care with members of the child’s medical treatment team

The hospitalized children we treat are often dealing with a number of challenges and concerns, including:

  • adjustment to a new medical diagnosis
  • anxiety and depression including in the context of chronic illness and the necessity of a hospital stay
  • concerns about anesthesia
  • coping with a chronic medical condition
  • dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event
  • eating disorders
  • fear of needles or other medical procedures
  • management of ongoing pain
  • preparing for medical procedures or surgery

Among the many services we offer are:

  • comprehensive assessments of patients and families
  • teaching children helpful behavioral techniques to support their ability to follow their medical treatment plans
  • if necessary, referring children and families to outpatient psychiatric and counseling services
  • if necessary, transferring children into more intensive levels of inpatient psychiatric care
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
For Patients: 617-355-6000
For Referring Providers: 844-BCH-PEDS | 844-224-7337