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Child Behavioral Health Programs

Child Behavioral Health programs provide comprehensive care for children ages 4 to 12. We offer a full range of inpatient and outpatient services and provide a safe place for children to heal and learn positive behaviors. 

We are the only provider of inpatient mental health services for children in Middle Tennessee. Our team works together with your family to create a care plan that meets the unique needs of your child and family.


24/7 Crisis Assessment and Admissions

Our highly trained mental health professionals offer help in urgent/emergency mental health situations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more about our Psychiatric Assessment Service.

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Conditions We Treat

Why Choose Child Behavioral Health Programs at Vanderbilt

  • Skilled clinicians

    Our care teams include psychologists, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists, social workers, therapists and nurse practitioners. Our staff includes two of Tennessee’s three pediatric neuropsychologists. This diverse team approach ensures each child receives the best treatment and care plan.

  • Specialized assessments

    We are one of few programs in the region to offer neuropsychological assessments and testing for children. Our assessment measures the severity of your child's problem. We accept children who may be a danger to themselves or others. Our tests check to see if your child has learning problems, hyperactive or behavior problems, low self-esteem or medical issues that may lead to other emotional problems. 

  • Group-based treatment

    Rather than isolating patients, we keep them together in groups that emphasize therapeutic play activities. This helps patients develop better social behaviors among peers. Learning to get along with others while learning to manage mental health concerns is a primary treatment goal.

  • Comprehensive care

    Our wide range of experience and training helps us approach such emerging issues as sexual identity with care and compassion.

  • Recognized care

    Through the Vanderbilt Center of Excellence, we serve children in state custody or who are at risk of a custodial situation.

  • School-based programs

    Our School-Based Counseling Program provides care in more than 40 Nashville-area schools. We have worked with children, adolescents and their families for over 20 years, helping more than 1,000 students each year. Our team includes mental health therapists, nurse practitioners, and child psychiatry fellows.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Anger management
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    Family therapy
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    Group therapy
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    Hygiene education
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    Medication management
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    Medication therapy
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    Neuropsychological testing