Parents child

Specialist department for indications

parent-child ward

Dear patient, dear patient,

Mental illnesses are a burden for those affected and often also for their relatives. The entire family system can be at risk. Children of sick parents often fall ill themselves. On our therapy ward we are dedicated to the treatment of these diseases, especially with regard to partnership, family and the social environment. On the one hand mental illnesses can be associated with high burdens for relatives, on the other hand unfavourable family and social conditions can intensify mental illnesses, also with children.

In the comprehensive medical and psychotherapeutic treatment of the patient, it will place special emphasis on the consideration of the family and social situation. Of course, this also applies to single parents.

integrated parent-child unit

Children can also show psychological abnormalities at an early age. In some cases not only the sick parents need psychotherapeutic support, but also their children. In this case, we provide treatment places on the ward for mothers and fathers with their children aged 4 to 10 years. Parents are treated by adult therapists, children by child and youth therapists. In addition, there are common therapeutic elements when there is a need to improve the interaction between parents and children.

The presence of children in a therapy ward with a majority of adults is generally experienced as enriching and often stimulates the treatment of important issues in the therapeutic process of adults.

Who is being treated?


Middle-aged adults with mental disorders, especially if they are associated with social circumstances such as couple and family conflicts, e.g:

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive diseases
  • Eating disorders, also obesity
  • trauma disorders
  • personality disorders
  • predominantly physical complaints for psychological reasons (e.g. pain disorders without physical cause)
  • Coping with chronic physical diseases
  • Addictions (after detoxification)
  • Res >Not be treated: Patients who are acutely suicidal, dependent on addictive drugs or suffering from acute psychoses. If necessary, treatment can be carried out on another suitable ward.


Girls and boys with mental illnesses/development disorders aged between 4 and 10 years can be admitted.

We treat a wide range of mental disorders. These include

  • Disturbance of social behaviour (e.g. restless, aggressive behaviour, disturbance of attention and concentration)
  • Emotional disorders (sadness, anxiety, social insecurity)
  • school difficulties (fear of school, refusal to attend school, unclear performance problems)
  • behavioural problems (developmental difficulties)
  • Physical complaints without tangible illness (related to sleep, eating and drinking behaviour, wetting, faeces)
  • compulsions
  • trauma disorders

In the morning hours (until 8 a.m.) and in the evening and at night from 4 p.m. mothers and fathers should be able to supervise their child themselves. The child stays overnight in the room of the parent who was admitted. This means that parents must have sufficient stability despite mental illness. This will be clarified by us in a preliminary talk.

Infants under the age of 4 are not treated.

treatment concept

The treatment of both adults and children is based on comprehensive psychiatric/psychosomatic and social diagnostics. On this basis a medical and psychotherapeutic treatment takes place, which is oriented to the newest scientific realizations. If necessary, medication is used in mutual consultation. From a psychotherapeutic perspective, we support you in discovering your own strengths, understanding and solving problems, realistically perceiving yourself and others, regulating feelings and further developing your social competence. This can lead to an improvement in symptoms and an increase in the quality of life. We work according to a psychotherapeutic concept that includes insight-oriented, behavioural therapeutic and family-oriented therapeutic elements.

If necessary, medical measures are initiated in cooperation with other clinics of the Klinikum Christophsbad (e.g. neurology, radiology, internal medicine).

range of therapies

Inpatient therapy is particularly effective because different therapy methods can be combined. For this reason, a variety of procedures are regularly included in the treatment plan.

Therapy offer for adults:

  • Medical diagnostics and therapy
  • Therapeutic individual discussions
  • group therapy
  • Couples and family therapy
  • Support from the social service
  • design therapy
  • Music or movement therapy and sports
  • relaxation method
  • Therapeutic stress tests
  • Nordic Walking a.o.

Depending on requirements, this can be supplemented by: exercise-centred treatment, role-playing, computer-supported daily training in self-perception, body-medical measures.

Additional therapy for mothers and fathers with their child

During the day, the children are mainly treated in their own settings by qualified child and youth therapists.

As specific parent-child units, parent groups are offered which deal with questions of parenthood and upbringing. There are also joint therapy units for parents and children (e.g. design or music therapy groups). Here the parents’ interaction with their child is reflected therapeutically. The aim is for parents to be able to achieve more everyday confidence in dealing with their child.

If necessary, social assistance is also organised for the period after in-patient treatment.

Therapy for children

Depending on the diagnosis and healing needs, the child is accompanied by a therapist and a caregiver in its development, in its social and family difficulties as well as in individual and group therapy through the structured everyday life.

In addition, a weekly support group for parents and family discussions take place. School attendance takes place in the house.

The treatment team

We are an interdisciplinary team of psychotherapeutically qualified doctors, psychologists, nurses, art therapists, body therapists, music therapists and social workers. Adult and child therapists work together in close mutual exchange and we are always committed to our patients.

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