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The Division of Psychiatry at Children’s National Medical Center offers assessment, diagnosis, and care for children and teens with behavioral, emotional, and developmental disorders.

Every year, our specialists help thousands children and teens through day treatment programs, outpatient assistance, inpatient care, and our emergency psychiatric services.    

The Children’s National psychiatry team includes specialists nationally recognized for expertise in care of children with emotional and behavioral disorders. They also are educators and leaders in research, working to advance the understanding and treatment of complex disorders.

Each patient’s assessment is comprehensive and specific to the child or teen. To begin the process of emotional healing, our care team may use a variety of therapies in your child’s treatment plan:
• Behavior modification
• Family therapy
• Group therapy
• Play therapy
• Psychopharmacology
Our outpatient service evaluates approximately 1,000 patients annually, with more than 5,000 visits each year. The inpatient unit includes a 12-bed child unit and a 14-bed adolescent unit. Both units provide a safe setting, where our team provides crisis intervention and stabilization.

Research at Children’s National
The Psychiatry division is actively involved in research and training to discover effective treatment therapies, and improve patient care and health outcomes. The division has a robust fellowship and post-doctoral fellowship program, and is currently home to a host of clinical trials and research programs on specific pediatric psychiatric conditions.

To learn more about our current research and how to enroll your child in a clinical study, speak with your child’s doctor, nurse, or a member of the care team.

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