The Youth Program at GenPsych (ages 8-12) is an outpatient program offering both Partial Care treatment as well as Intensive Outpatient Programming. Our program aims to help children struggling with various issues such as anxiety, depression, defiance, anger and more. Our multidisciplinary approach allows us to reach these children on a more thorough level, leading to widespread change in areas such as self-esteem, behavioral issues and family dynamics.
Before entering the program, each child meets with a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation to determine the extent of any psychiatric issues. We will then begin to create an individualized and appropriate treatment plan for the child. Once admitted, each child is teamed with a therapist that can best meet his or her needs.
Each child enrolled in the program receives a unique treatment plan designed to help them reach all goals in a timely fashion. A therapist is assigned to each individual to work with them one-on-one throughout their treatment journey. Medication management and therapeutic services are provided by our psychiatrists. Group therapy is also a large part of our treatment program. At GenPsych, we offer a wide range of supportive and creative therapies that help children relate to and learn from one another, including cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, art therapy, play therapy, music therapy, wellness/mindfulness, anger management, family therapy and many others.
We strongly believe that the element of family in a child’s life plays a major role in providing successful treatment for each individual. Our regular family meetings and a support group for parents help to educate the family and better answer their questions and concerns.
The program tracks run as follows:
Partial Care Program and Intensive Outpatient Programs are both full-day, well-structured programs that include 5 ½ hours of clinical treatment, including group therapy, individual therapy and psychiatry. In addition to the clinical hours, children also attend 2 hours of school instruction daily by State Board Certified teachers. Partial Care and IOP run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The amount of days decreases once clinical progress is observed.
Summer Hours: There is no school portion offered when school is not in session. Summer hours are 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CHILD PC and IOP Group Descriptions:
Play & Art Therapy: The focus of this group is to explore emotions, thoughts and challenges through different forms of artistic expression.
Communication: Effective communication skills are the focus of this group, which teaches skills for expressing oneself effectively while also respecting the rights of others.
Coping with Anxiety: The focus of this group is to teach people skills for identifying and changing unreasonable thoughts and behaviors that lead to an unhealthy level of anxiety.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): The focus of this group is to teach people skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions and improve interpersonal skills.
Family Therapy: The focus of this group is to teach people about family systems, including their impact on the individual’s personal recovery.
Music Therapy: The focus of this group is to teach people self-expression through song.
Recreation: The focus of this group is to teach skills for utilizing healthy recreational activities as a mechanism for coping and reducing relapse.
Relaxation: Although some tension is healthy, a continual state of tension increases the likelihood of panic attacks, physical experiences of anxiety and more frequent intrusive worried thoughts. This group focuses on teaching people skills to activate the natural relaxation response and to more effectively cope with stress.
Self-Esteem: The focus of this group is to teach people skills for accurate self evaluation, improved self talk, and how to effectively cope with negative feedback and criticism by self and from others.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This group focuses on helping people understand the link between thoughts, emotions and behaviors. People will also learn strategies for evaluating their thinking with the goal of changing unreasonable thoughts and maladaptive behaviors.
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