Adapting Well-Being into Outpatient Child Psychiatry.


Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 2115 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20007, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Traditional child psychiatry practices focus on children's symptoms and families' deficits. Focusing on goals and strengths can prepare patients and families for what they can do to enhance their health. The evidence-base for well-being practices supports integration into contemporary practice. Practical guidelines are described for using the initial assessment to address well-being practices, and to plan treatment with psychoeducation, motivational interviewing, and ongoing monitoring. Engaging and effective clinical strategies can further support and build patient and family well-being.


Child and adolescent,Measurement-based care,Mental health,Motivational interviewing,Positive psychiatry,Practice transformation,Well-being,Wellness,