Tournai: a new care unit for children aged 6 to 12 within Les Marronniers

Monday, January 17, 2022, a new care unit will open its doors within the Specialized Hospital Center (CHS) of the Regional Psychiatric Center (CRP) Les Marronniers. This will complement the offer of child psychiatry and expand the public supported.

An adapted care offer

The unit has 10 beds. It will welcome children for a period of 6 to 12 weeks for standard hospitalizations and two weeks for crisis hospitalizations. The classic hospitalization aims for a fine and intensive clinical observation with a view to diagnostic and therapeutic development. For crisis hospitalizations, the main mission is to temper the crisis and guide the child towards an appropriate care pathway.

Break stays of one to two weeks can also be scheduled only if there is a child psychiatric indication and if the child has already been hospitalized previously within the unit. The work of the Les Coquelicots unit is revolves around an integrative approach. The team offers a psychoanalytical analysis concerning the notions of child development; a systemic analysis since the child evolves in a family, school or institutional system, based on relationships with others; and finally a neurodevelopmental analysis, linked to conditions that begin during the period of development, often even before the child enters primary school.

The public supported

The team welcomes children from 6 to 12 years old, girls or boys, mainly presenting with attachment disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders or behavioral disorders. Autistic disorders already diagnosed, disorders related only to mental retardation and severe eating disorders are not covered. Similarly, weaning from problematic consumption cannot be the main reason for admission.

Therapeutic activities by a multidisciplinary team

The team that provides care is multidisciplinary. It is notably made up of a child psychiatrist, a general practitioner, nurses, specialist educators, psychologists, social workers, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, etc. A school team also guarantees the continuity of learning. Working in constant collaboration, these professionals adapt care to the personal needs of the child. A program of activities is then clearly defined for and after the stay. This program consists of sports, creative and cooperative activities; individual and family psychological interviews and school support via the type 5 basic school, Les Co’Kain.

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