News and insight from Franciscan about our philosophy of hope through healthcare and recent issues affecting children’s wellness.
Lauren R. Bangert, MS, Amanda Platner, PsyD, and Fatima Watt, PsyD, are providers in the Outpatient Mental Health department at Franciscan Children’s. Our multidisciplinary Outpatient Mental Health team provides comprehensive and integrated services to our community and local schools with the goal of creating a meaningful therapeutic environment for each child and family. To learn… Continue Reading
Patricia Coffey, MSW, LICSW, is the Mental Health Education Program Manager for the Kids Healthy Minds Initiative at Franciscan Children’s. The Kids Healthy Minds Initiative is a robust mental health awareness and community education program founded in partnership with the Archdiocese of Boston. To learn more about the Kids Healthy Minds Initiative or to schedule… Continue Reading
At Franciscan Children’s our Child Life Specialists promote effective coping, and facilitate healing through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. In honor of Child Life Month, we’re sitting down with them to learn more about how they’ve expanded their team to provide support and services to patients in our Inpatient Mental Health Program.
Compelling responses from a two-year research study published in JAMA Pediatrics to help physicians better understand and support parents of children with chronic, complex medical conditions.
Franciscan Children’s expands commitment to pediatric mental health through new initiatives with the Archdiocese of Boston and McLean Hospital
Designed to provide extensive community outreach and a comprehensive continuum of mental health services at Franciscan Children’s, new initiatives with the Archdiocese of Boston and McLean Hospital will serve to improve the lives of even more children and families affected by pediatric mental illness.
School may be out for summer, but our Children’s Wellness Initiative (CWI) staff are still working hard to make sure that care for kids continues year round.
We’re proud to announce that Franciscan Children’s has been voted as a 2017 Top Service Provider for families in our community by the Boston Parents Paper, winning in three categories as “Family Favorite” and four others as a “Top 5!”
The Hope Garden at Franciscan Children’s inspires a fresh perspective and renewed confidence in young mental health patients.
Summer is vacation season! If your family is planning any international travel this year, there are plenty of tips, information, and resources available to help keep your family safe, healthy and happy.
Technology has become an integral part of our lives, but our increasing need to stay connected is threatening our personal connections with our families and friends. Julie Ogletree, LICSW, a child and adolescent psychotherapist in our Outpatient Mental Health department, talks about the negative effects of screen time and how you can set safe boundaries for your family.
At Franciscan Children’s, our Volunteer Program provides volunteers with the opportunity to truly make a difference and to be helping hands for our patients, students, families and staff. Whether you are playing games with children, cuddling infants in our medical rehabilitation programs, navigating visitors around campus, or giving parents a much-needed break, your generosity leaves… Continue Reading
Kat is a Residential Counselor and Supervisor Team Lead in our Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) program, providing direct support to children experiencing behavioral and emotional difficulties. Care for one kid isn’t the same for another, says Kat, who works with her team to adapt and learn new techniques for all types of children and challenges.
Mercy’s work as an Environmental Services Aide in our Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health program has been known to comfort many of the children, adolescents and teens who come to us for mental health services during times of crisis. “This is just like my house, and I want to do something to make [our patients] feel good,” said Mercy, who has been cleaning patient rooms at Franciscan Children’s for 13 years. “People just need space, love, good communication and a good attitude.”
Devin is a Residential Counselor in our Community Based Acute Treatment (CBAT) program, providing direct support to children experiencing behavioral and emotional difficulties. “I love to be active and do group games with the kids to introduce the concepts of sportsmanship and taking turns,” says Devin. “You can learn a lot from a simple game of kickball.”
Ryan is a Mental Health Specialist on Unit 1, our Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health program, providing support and services to children, adolescents and teens experiencing mental health crises. “When you leave the Unit, you’re not cured,” said Ryan who hopes that resilience is one of the main takeaways for patients as they leave. “[Franciscan Children’s is] teaching you coping skills for life.”
The popular Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, recently created a flurry of media and social buzz and brought the topic of teen suicide to the forefront of conversation. In our latest blog post, Dr. Ralph Buonopane, PhD, Program Director of the McLean-Franciscan Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health program (Unit 1), talks about suicide, the warning signs, and what parents need to know.
Maria is a Mental Health Specialist on Unit 1, our Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health program, providing support and services to children, adolescents and teens experiencing mental health crises. “Some people just need to be shown how to cope with mental illness” Maria says. “[The staff at Franciscan Children’s is] here to support and help during a crisis.”
Bringing your child to the dentist or the pediatrician may be “routine,” but our Child Life team knows that these visits often come with uncomfortable or new experiences that can be difficult or scary for kids. Here are a few simple tricks that you can use to make your child feel more comfortable during these experiences.
Judy Arnao, RN, talks about seasonal allergies – what they are, what symptoms you should look for, and how you can help reduce your child’s exposure to them.
To provide the most accurate, real-time information, we’ve launched our Patient Portal, an online website that gives convenient 24-hour access to personal health information and medical records.