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
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