All Kinds of News for October 10, 2018
ViewPoint Center treatment and assessment teams includes two amazing full time, board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioners Jennifer Young PMHNP-BC and Chris Paegle PMHCNS-BC and psychiatrist Dr. Michael Connolly, MD. Both the psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners work closely with patients, families, and educational consultants to assess, diagnose, and shape an individualized treatment plan for patients. So what’s the difference between what Jennifer and Chris do versus what Dr. Connolly does? Here’s a bit of an explanation:
Similarities and differences
Functionally, psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychiatrists do very similar things for patients. Both:
- Work closely with patients and their families to determine a diagnosis
- Prescribe and manage a patient’s medication.
Some differences between our psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners include:
- Type of Training: Jen and Chris began their training in nursing and went on to attend Master’s programs and doctorate level training, whereas Dr. Connolly attended medical school, completed his residency, and took part in a two year fellowship focusing on child and adolescent psychiatry.
- Amount of time spent with patients and families: Jen and Chris spend each and every day working with patients and work closely with families to find answers and solutions to the challenges patients face. Dr. Connolly spends less time in family therapy. Jen and Chris consult with Dr. Connolly when needed, however, they spend more time with patients to provide a comprehensive assessment and treatment plan.
ViewPoint Center considers itself so lucky to have such passionate, caring members of our team who spend every day helping patients gain a better understanding of the challenges they face and mapping out a plan for future treatment.
About The ViewPoint Center
ViewPoint Center, a mental health assessment center for teens ages 12-17, is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. With a program lasting 6-8 weeks, ViewPoint Center provides superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization for teens struggling with mental and behavioral issues such as suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders and eating disorders. In a safe, personalized environment, ViewPoint helps teens focus on the healing process.