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Outpatient Therapy for Troubled Teens


Outpatient therapy provides therapeutic intervention to individuals 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

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.




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