Youth Day Treatment

The youth day treatment program is designed to meet the mental health needs of children grades pre-k through 12 who are exhibiting problematic behaviors in the general education setting. Through this structured program, a wide variety of services are offered including individual and family counseling, group therapy specific to the needs of the child, and academic assistance.

The program seeks to promote positive social skill interactions among children and adolescents while providing assessment, redirection, and interventions to behavioral challenges a child faces with specific interactions with others.

Using evidence-based modalities and trauma informed treatments, such as person-centered approaches, group therapy sessions, psycho-educational techniques, and cognitive behavioral techniques; the behavioral specialist focuses on helping the child to fulfill treatment goals. Upon successful completion of the program, the child will have built a more stabilized sense of socializing with others and appropriately managing behavioral challenges.

Advantages of Day Treatment

  • provides an alternative to impatient care with a considerably lower cost
  • serves as a transition from inpatient care to outpatient care
  • keeps the child in the home while providing therapeutic programming
  • more therapeutic resources are available than can be provided by outpatient treatment
  • reduces the impact of negative behaviors in the regular education setting
  • schedule allows for supports to occur while the child needs intervention
  • provides learning opportunities to those who may not be successful in a classroom education environment

Goals of Day Treatment

  • increase academic engagement of children and adolescence struggling with emotional and behavioral disturbances
  • increase likelihood of student progressing at a positive pace and meeting his/her educational and behavioral goals
  • foster the development of skills to improve academic success
  • provide professional guidance and responsive support in the areas of mental health and behavioral interventions
  • assist and support students during their emotional challenges and behavioral crisis and prompt the development of productive strategies designed to process their thoughts, feelings and actions in an appropriate manner
  • offer support to the student’s family to ensure techniques and interventions utilized at school are also being used in the home and community
  • assist in connecting clients with any additional community and mental health services needed to be successful
  • continuation of education in times of transition to, or from, a higher level of care


Nicolle Bellerive, LCSW

Nicolle has a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and a Masters in Social Work.  She worked teaching in the Bozeman public school district and for Great Beginnings Montessori School. Her work with children who required a different educational experience started her journey with clinical social work in mental health. Nicolle has worked with L’esprit since the agency opened in June 2015.  Her experience with the Park County School District started as a CSCT therapist with East Side School 2015-2016, Park High School 2016-2017 and presently as an Outpatient therapist and Clinical Therapist Supervisor. Nicolle is a certified Right Response Advanced Instructor in de-escalation and is a Board Certified Clinical Supervisor.   Nicolle enjoys the typical Montana life style and outdoor amenities of the area, including hiking and running with her dogs, fishing, skiing, and playing in the Yellowstone River.

Jen Holland,

Jen Holland Joined the L’esprit team in 2018. Having received her bachelors in Community and Environmental Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Jen moved out west, and worked for Yellowstone National Park, Girls inc. and in the health and nutrition sector. In her free time, Jen enjoys skiing, hiking, and backpacking in the great outdoors.