Target populationPediatric and adult population.
The Psychology Service is a space for care, intended to explore, through a clinical interview, the most relevant aspects of psychosocial and emotional issues of adults, adolescents, children and their family systems; our purpose is defining a treatment that will reduce the impact of such problems on individuals and/or their families’ lives.
The Service’s main objective is providing psychological care to Fundación Valle del Lili’s patients through outpatient consultation and hospitalization services.
It starts with an Assessment Stage, intended to determine the reason for consultation, the problem’s background (familial, personal and situational), the current symptomatology (which may require assessment by other mental and physical health disciplines) and the degree of dysfunction that it represents for the individual, in order to start the Intervention Stage.
In outpatient consultation, the Psychology Service performs:
Formal aspects of the treatment such as the therapeutic approach, the modality, the type of intervention, the techniques used, the consultation frequency and a targeted or indefinite format are determined according to the patient’s psychosocial needs and the therapeutic objectives defined during the assessment stage. Fundación Valle del Lili’s Psychology Service has psychologists trained in the intervention of a wide variety of psychosocial problems, complying with the required formal aspects.
It is the first level of intervention before defining who will require psychotherapeutic intervention. The objectives are: promote adaptation to hospitalization, educate patients and their families about the disease and its treatment and the emotional responses to both; help in the development and strengthening of communication and problem-solving skills during hospitalization; encourage treatment adherence in both the patient and his/her relatives.
This a useful intervention to provoke changes in insights, feelings, attitudes and behaviors. In addition, with the help of a therapist, the patient will identify the internal and external factors generating emotional suffering, in order to intervene them and enhance his/her adaptation to circumstances of life (including his/her illness and hospitalization) and improve his/her overall functioning. On the other hand, the need for intervention, its frequency and objectives, will be determined by the treating therapist or multidisciplinary team, mostly according to each patient’s needs.
While working with patients and their families, a Family Therapist intends to identify and modify patterns to favor recovery. Specific objectives of this intervention are: explore and identify non-adaptive patterns in their relationship worsening the disease in order to modify them; explore and identify adaptive patterns in their relationship fostering patient recovery to strengthen them; encourage the patient and his/her family to establish a therapeutic alliance with the multidisciplinary team, increasing their active involvement in treatment and intervening in case of systematic conflicts and communication failures between the healthcare personnel and the family – a patient who hinders his/her normal hospitalization process and therefore, affects the course of his/her treatment.
Over the years, Fundación Valle del Lili’s Psychology Service has shown a significant growth, and currently, 13 psychologists with varied postgraduate specialization training are part of the service, who work either in outpatient and/or hospitalization settings, according to their interests and availability.
Moreover, psychologists in the Service have the capacity to intervene a wide variety of psychosocial issues, complying with the required formal aspects.