The Outpatient Mental-health Care Team

At Christian Health Care Center, members of an outpatient client’s/consumer’s health-care team are based upon the individual’s diagnosis and needs.

Psychiatrists are licensed physicians with medical degrees who have completed at least four additional years of specialized study and training in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illnesses. They prescribe and monitor medications. Those who have passed the national examination of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology are board-certified.

Psychologists hold master’s degrees in psychology – the science of the mind – and/or doctoral degrees in clinical, educational, counseling, or research psychology. They evaluate, diagnose, and treat mental illnesses. Most states, including New Jersey, license psychologists to practice.

Mental-health nurses, in general, have completed advanced training and are certified in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with mental illnesses. Many hold master’s and doctoral degrees in mental-health care. They are licensed by the State of New Jersey.

Social workers hold bachelor’s, master’s, and/or doctoral degrees in their discipline. They provide a variety of services, such as assessment; case management; individual, group, and family therapy; and discharge planning. Most states, including New Jersey, require social workers to pass a licensing exam in order to practice.

Counselors and therapists have received master’s degrees in counseling. Counselors are trained to address and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders through a variety of therapeutic techniques. Some counselors become certified after passing a state exam.

For more information about mental-health care at Christian Health Care Center, call (201) 848-4463, email, or visit our Mental Health and Publications sections.


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