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Behavioral Health

As a Behavioral Health team member at Advocate Advocate Aurora Health, you’ll coach and mentor patients toward physical, emotional, mental, and behavioral health. With empathy, high emotional intelligence, and a non-judgmental disposition, you’ll provide exceptional care at every level, whether inpatient, outpatient or through our Partial Hospital Program. As a not-for-profit organization, we serve a patient population that is as diverse as our team, so you’ll have the potential to treat children, adolescents or adults struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, ADHD and more, at any of our 15 locations throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.

Integrated Approach

Integrated approach

Work with physicians and other team members in Advocate Advocate Aurora’s fully integrated hospital system to treat the whole patient and their family. We offer team members the opportunity to contribute in a collaborative environment that offers behavioral health support at every emergency department and via telehealth. We know that emotional, mental and spiritual health is as vital for our patients as their physical health.

Our team members are a group of strong, independent professionals who work as a collaborative, multidisciplinary team – throughout our hospitals, clinics and behavioral health locations. As a member of the team, you’ll provide your expertise, while gaining experience and knowledge from your co-workers, helping you grow professionally and our patients to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Philosophy of care

At Advocate Advocate Aurora, we believe in a holistic approach to healing from mental health and substance abuse problems. We think hope, healing, empowerment and connection make it possible to recover from severe depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, substance abuse and self-destructive behaviors. Treatment plans are personalized for each patient, whether 5 or 65 years old, and are made with an interprofessional team approach with an emphasis on understanding and making healthy changes. You will see your efforts realized, not only in the outcomes of your patients, but also as part of a large health care system and in the individual communities we serve.

Our focus on integrated health is exemplified at our Kradwell School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, giving students who struggle in a traditional educational environment the opportunity to excel through close relationships with hospital staff and their own personalized learning plan.

Community involvement

We don’t always stay within our own four walls. Our team members support the community in a variety of ways, from volunteering and partnering with local nonprofits to providing educational programs at schools and universities. We help in any way we can to tackle important issues like opioid abuse, bullying and depression because we want to make our communities stronger.

Our team members

“Like most people, the patients and families I work with are very stressed.”

– Dr. Jennifer Palmer
Clinical Psychologist, Advocate Children’s Hospital

Guiding patients and families at home

Dr. Palmer provides behavior therapy to children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities. She’s continued working tirelessly with families and children with ASD to ensure they have the support and strategies they need at home during this time of significant disruption to routines, due to COVID-19. She now sees her patients and their families for behavior therapy over telehealth. Read more of Dr. Palmer’s story.