The Role of the Psychologist
The Children’s Blood & Cancer Center’s Embedded Behavioral Clinic enables pediatric cancer and blood disorder patients to benefit from multidisciplinary healthcare, medical care and behavioral health treatment, all in one office visit. Psychologists from the Texas Child Study Center Embedded Behavioral Clinic, located within the CBCC outpatient clinic, incorporate holistic psychosocial treatments to address all aspects of a child’s life:
- Assisting the Child: Psychologists provide therapy services to teach coping skills, problem solving, and relaxation strategies that promote emotional wellbeing. Patients undergo neuropsychological testing to identify learning problems encountered both during and following cancer treatments. Psychologists refer patients for speech, occupational and physical therapy services, as well as psychotherapy and psychiatric services as needed.
- Advocating at School: Psychologists help parents and educators understand the child’s overall functioning, as well as weaknesses that can impede learning, and encourage extra educational support in the classroom for the child’s special academic needs.
- Strengthening the Family: Psychologists provide family therapy, parent training, marital counseling and sibling support services to ease the stress of diagnosis, treatments and late effects of pediatric cancer and blood disorders on patients and their entire families.
- Connecting Families to the Community: Psychologists refer families to outreach and support groups that unify patients, parents and siblings who are enduring similar hardships.
The traumatic experience of having cancer places children at significant risk for short- and long-term social, emotional, academic and behavioral difficulties.