Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Program
Most people recall their adolescent years as a time of challenge laced with difficulty. But for some teenagers, the emergence into adulthood is particularly stressful, often leading to self-destructive behavior that tears to the very fabric of the family. Lack of control, poor self-esteem and erratic mood shifts can severely strain relationships with parents, siblings and peers.
The manner in which adolescents cope with today's problems becomes crucial in their development. But the pressure they face often lead to confusion, and behaviors that parents find almost impossible to address effectively in the home environment.
Yet there is help available, once parents know where to turn. When teenager's behavior creates problems with which the family can no longer cope, we provide a caring, comprehensive program to get the young adult back on a healthy path to adulthood.
Therapy Individual To The Adolescent's Needs
The patient and family participate in the initial evaluation process, working with our clinical professionals to develop a comprehensive profile and history. An individual treatment plan is then developed for each patient. Attainable short- and long-term treatment goals are established, serving as a benchmark against which progress can be accurately measured.
When an adolescent child joins our safe, structured environment, he or she receives the holistic benefits of our team of therapists which may include specialized teachers, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, family counselors, patient counselors and activities therapists, all working under the direction of a physician. Each teenager may have a dozen or more clinical care-givers, optimizing success by bringing a diversity of perspectives to the forefront.
An Environment Designed For Adolescents
Each patient participates in individual, group and activities therapy on a regular basis. In this peer-group setting, we help the young adult develop a positive self-image, appropriate socialization skills and healthy communication through the accrual of privileges, and the adolescent is evaluated by the treatment team and by his or her peers.
Emphasis is placed on the identification of destructive behaviors and on gaining insight into the emotions behind the actions. Through this discovery process, adolescents learn to accept responsibility for their individual behavior and develop healthy modes of interaction with others.
Since adolescent emotional or behavioral problems touch all members of the family involvement is an integral part of treatment. Group sessions help bring the entire family into the treatment process, since hospitalization can, in and of itself, be a difficult time. Family members are encouraged to resolve the frustrations and hostilities that have developed. Healthy lines of communications are thus opened which lead to a more integrated, well-adjusted family unit.
School transcripts never reflect that part of a young adult's education has
been received in a psychiatric setting. To minimize disruption, our teachers
coordinate closely with the child's home school to ensure a parallel program of
education and continuity is maintained.
Support After Discharge
Care does not end with discharge from the program. After inpatient care is complete, a strong follow-up program increases the chances for full recovery. An individualized aftercare program offers continued support to both the patient and the family, allowing for a smoother transition back into the home and school environment. Aftercare may include a combination of individual, group and family counseling on an outpatient basis.
24-Hour Admissions And Support
Admissions are accepted on a 24-hour basis. Trained professionals are available around the clock to listen and help you determine your next step. The initial consultation is provided free of charge. For further details, or to schedule a consultation, contact the hospital admissions department.
The hospital strives to be as cost-effective as possible in delivering the highest standard of care. We work closely with patients, their families and insurance companies in determining all payment options available. The hospital is state-licensed and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
24 Hr. Crisis Line
24 Hrs a day / 7 days a week