Psychiatry Biobehavioral Program
Barrow Neurological Institutate at Phoenix Children's Hospital Psychiatric Division, led by Jacob Venter, MD, CPE; offers comprehensive, compassionate mental health care services to children and their families.
The Psychiatry Division staff closely collaborates with families to provide the best care for children and adolescents. Our approach is based on completing a full psychiatric evaluation; taking into account biological, psychological and social factors that play a role in the current difficulties our patients are experiencing and we consider the interaction between all these factors.
We strive to create a comprehensive treatment plan, to address the core and contributing factors identified during the evaluation. We address those factors by implementing or recommending evidence-based interventions, broader than the limited interventions offered by medication use only.
In order to maximize our patients’ potential, we consider the natural resources available in their community and try to optimize factors that will support the resiliency of our patients and their families. Collaboration and close communication with other disciplines and care providers are essential to provide excellent care. We value the role of the education system and collaborate with schools to provide broad recommendations for interventions that may be helpful in that setting.
We treat the full spectrum of psychiatric conditions including:
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
- Trauma-related effects
- Psychiatric presentations of medically ill patients
- Thought and impulse control disorders
We also treat children with genetic, metabolic and other medical disorders with accompanying psychiatric symptoms.