Resource Guide Understanding the roles of Mental Health Professionals
Many times parents are the first to recognize changes in their child’s feelings or behaviors that would suggest that something is wrong. If you’re concerned about your child’s emotional or mental health, the first place to go is to his or her pediatrician, school nurse or counselor, who may then recommend specialty care.
Getting an accurate diagnosis from a trained professional is the critical first step to better mental health. Depending on your child’s needs, they may be cared for by one or more of these mental health professionals. Your Pediatrician will help you to identify an appropriate mental health professional.
Psychologist (PhD, PsyD, EdD): Clinicians who are trained in preventing, testing for, diagnosing and treating psychological disorders.
School Adjustment Counselors: Clinicians who provide mental health services and crisis intervention in the school setting.
Pediatrician (MD): Medical doctors who provide health care to children and adolescents.
School Psychologists: Clinicians who provide direct support and intervention to students, especially through testing and counseling.
Therapists: Clinicians who provide individual counseling, family counseling and crisis intervention for mental health issues.
Child Psychiatrist (MD) or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP): Professionals who have specialized training in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of medication in children with mental illnesses.
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