Outpatient Therapy for Troubled Teens
Outpatient therapy provides therapeutic intervention
in need of mental health resources, but who do not require
hospitalization or residential care. Outpatient therapy is
beneficial in providing initial assessment regarding the need
for psychiatric counseling, as well as offering follow up
support to individuals just graduating from more intensive
forms of care. It is best suited to individuals committed
to recovery for it relies on the dedication and willingness
of the individual to devote to the behaviors necessary for
healing and growth.
Outpatient programs are tailored to the needs
of the individual and may include individual and/or group
counseling, family therapy, or
12-step programs. It is not intended for those with severe
emotional and/or psychiatric issues. Rather, it provides ongoing,
though brief therapeutic interventions that support and guide
individuals as they work to overcome the challenges inherent
in their day-to-day lives. When considering outpatient therapy,
it is important to ensure that an adolescent relates well
to his or her counselor, is committed to recovery, and has
a strong external support system.
Day treatment programs are designed to meet
the needs of children and adolescents with behavioral management
problems relating to Serious Emotional Disturbances. Day treatment
is appropriate for students who have been unable to find success
in an outpatient setting, but do not require 24-hour care.
Often, programs coordinate with a child's home and/or school
to allow the student to continue
their normal daily routine, while providing the extra support
a child needs to function appropriately in such situations.
Day treatment programs offer a range of services including
clinical assessment, individual, family, and group therapy,
rehabilitation activities, as well
as other interventions.
Day treatment students are usually struggling
with more difficult emotional and psychological issues, and
require a specific standard of care suited to their diagnosis.
Day treatment programs are excellent options for families
and children in need of intensive therapeutic support, but
who do not want or require a residential or hospital environment.