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Nurturing growth & wellness in teens

Our adolescent partial hospitalization program is designed for individuals age 13 through 17 who are able to live in the community but require intensive psychiatric treatment and support. Our collaborative, multidisciplinary team uses evidence-based practices in a culture of C.A.R.E. (Connectedness, Awareness, Respect and Empathy) to help teens and their families understand and face the challenges associated with behavioral health disorders and emotional illness, develop healthy coping skills and lead more productive lives.

Our team nurtures and encourages sustainable wellness and addresses a variety of issues adolescents may experience, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Difficulty managing anger
  • Depression
  • Mood changes
  • Self-harm
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

The program runs from 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, with therapy sessions that help teens learn skills that can improve functioning at home and in school and other everyday situations. Treatment goals include:

  • Developing positive coping skills to be able to manage uncomfortable emotions without resorting to negative behaviors
  • Building a fact-based understanding of their diagnosis, including symptoms and medications
  • Establishing a belief in their potential that includes recognizing their achievements and identifying their strengths
  • Developing a new way of thinking (the “wise mind” of dialectical behavioral therapy) to be able to better manage their behavior
  • Beginning to form and move toward goals and dreams for the future

Our team

Our staff members emphasize building relationships with the teens in our program in order to provide more effective support. The multidisciplinary treatment team at South Oaks includes child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, mental health counselors, licensed social workers, vocational counselors and certified alcohol and substance abuse counselors, among others.

What to expect

The adolescent partial hospitalization program includes:

  • Comprehensive intake, evaluation, assessment and screening
  • Individual therapy sessions to address stress and behavioral issues
  • Group therapy sessions focusing on coping and social skills and drug/alcohol abuse prevention
  • Family therapy sessions to aid communication and build understanding
  • Assessment for medication-assisted treatment
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Art therapy
  • Weekly spirituality group
  • Discharge coordination with local agencies, schools and primary care providers

The program includes breakfast and lunch. Transportation within a 20-mile radius may be available (not covered by insurance).

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