Adolescent Behavioral Health

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Chad McWhinnie, PhD Assistant Professor of PsychiatryA hallmark of adolescence is rapid development and growth and for many adolescents and parents, coping with the changes can be stressful. Often, there are disruptions in mood, increased risktaking, difficulty with school, and conflict with parents and siblings. We help adolescents and their families navigate these challenges by getting better at identifying, understanding, and learning skills to deal with intense emotions, unhelpful and distressing thoughts, and destructive behaviors.

What We Treat

  • Behavioral problems at home and school including impulsivity, anger, risky behavior, and issues with limit-setting
  • Emotional difficulties (e.g., significant sadness, anger, shame)
  • Substance use
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and post-traumatic stress
  • Self-injurious behavior
  • Suicidal thinking and behavior
  • Stress

Focused, Compassionate Treatments

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Use of mindfulness-based techniques

What To Expect 

  • Comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the adolescent and family
  • Collaborative development and implementation of a practical, action-oriented treatment plan that addresses the challenges and concerns of both the adolescent and family
  • Creation of a home plan to improve communication with parents, build healthier relationships, and reduce stress and conflict
  • Creation of a school plan to help the adolescent manage academic and social stress, and provide guidance to teachers and staff
  • Regular monitoring of progress and adjustment of the treatment plan as needed

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Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Clinics,
Department of Banner - University Medical Center South

2800 E. Ajo Way  Tucson, AZ 85713