The Child & Adolescent Center’s staff has a wide array of treatment components to help each teen and his or her family deal with the psychological issues that brought them here.
Based on his or her personalized treatment plan, each teen and his/her family may participate in the following components:
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy – Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment helps patients identify and challenge their symptoms with the goal of developing alternative coping skills and more appropriate responses to stressors. Under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist, the behavioral specialist develops a treatment hierarchy and then works individually with each patient to complete his or her daily exercises and assignments. The behavioral specialist provides leadership during conflicts and in making individual program adjustments or specialized behavioral services to meet emotional, cognitive, and age-appropriate needs.
Family Education and Family Therapy – Family is a vital part of the patient’s treatment. The active involvement of family members helps to ensure the successful transition back home. Family members become involved by learning about the illness, its consequences and how to support their loved one during the ongoing recovery process. Families participate in weekly therapy. During these sessions the patient’s illness is considered within the context of the family’s communication patterns, value and belief system, rules, roles and expectations. In addition, family members have therapeutic visitations to practice new behavior and symptom management strategies with the patient.
Group Therapy – Led by a master’s level therapist, group therapy specializes in focusing on identifying destructive and self-defeating behavior patterns, identifying and expressing feelings appropriately, and the development of healthy decision-making skills and coping strategies. The behavioral specialist may also be present during therapy to provide additional support and intervention.
Individual Therapy – Each patient has psychotherapy sessions with a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, psychotherapist and behavior specialist several times a week. Initially, the goal of individual therapy sessions is to establish a healthy therapeutic relationship and to discuss the issues which brought the patient to the center. As treatment progresses, the emphasis shifts to providing guidance, support, and interventions during day-to-day conflicts and preparing for discharge.
Pharmacotherapy –The psychiatrist meets with the patient and family to complete a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, which includes history, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Subsequently, the psychiatrist meets several times per week with the patient to monitor medications and review medical status. During these sessions, the psychiatrist also discusses treatment progress, obstacles, and provides guidance and support.
Experiential Therapy – Each patient may participate in a range of experiential therapy groups during the week. Experiential therapy may include art, music and recreation components that assist in exploring communication, cooperation and problem solving skills in a variety of settings. These therapies provide opportunities for patients to develop self-awareness, critical decision-making skills and increase personal responsibility.
Education Services and School Advocacy – All patients attend school each weekday. Our education center is staffed by certified teachers experienced in working with students who have behavioral, emotional or cognitive issues and/or learning disabilities. With proper consent, the teachers work directly with the patient’s school to assess the educational needs and encourage skill development. Reintegration recommendations are made to the patient, parents, and school professionals.
Nutrition and Health Education or Therapy – Nutritional education and counseling by a registered dietitian or a registered nurse is provided in a group setting; individual nutritional therapy sessions are provided as directed by the treatment team.
This multi-modal approach ensures that each teen comes to better understand his or her specific mental health challenges and learns effective ways to deal with these challenges so they can move forward in life.