Anxiety is a term used to describe several different disorders that cause an individual to experience fear, apprehension, nervousness, and worrying. When a child has an anxiety disorder, it can affect how he or she feels and behaves, and may also initiate the development of a number of physical symptoms. While some form of anxiety is a normal part of childhood, in some instances anxiety can become so severe that it prevents the child from being able to function normally on a daily basis.
At Resource Treatment Center, we provide mental health services to children and adolescents, ages 11 to 21, who are in need of a structured and secure setting while addressing emotional and behavioral impairments. We recognize that having a child who is struggling with anxiety can be extremely difficult and that, at times, you may be at a loss for what you can do to help your child. Our compassionate staff has years of experience helping children learn to better manage their anxiety so that they are able to live a life that is not consumed with worry and fear.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
If you have a child that has been struggling with an anxiety disorder, there are things that you, as a parent or caregiver, can do to help. Some of the specific ways in which you can help your child include some of the following:
- Take your child to a mental health professional so that they are able to determine the exact problem and develop a treatment plan that will help your child to overcome his or her anxiety.
- Once you know the type of anxiety disorder that is plaguing your child, take the time to gather as much information about the disorder as you can. This will allow you to understand more about what he or she is going through, as well as what you can expect during the recovery process.
- Encourage your child throughout the whole treatment process. Make sure that they attend all appointments and remind him or her to stay on any medication that may be prescribed.
- Don’t be judgmental or minimize your child’s feelings; it can take time to be able to get his or her anxiety under control. Try to be as supportive and as patient as you can without preventing your loved one from learning the coping skills he or she needs in order to be able to manage his or her anxiety.
- Remember to not ignore your own needs. Take some time for yourself and try to build a support network that you can turn to when you are feeling tired or overwhelmed.
Why Consider Treatment at Resource
Anxiety disorders have been known to cause mental, physical, and psychological complications, which may only get worse if they are left untreated. For example, children with phobias or who experience panic attacks may begin avoiding certain places and find themselves unable to engage in many different activities for fear of encountering a trigger or having a panic attack in public. Additionally, children with anxiety disorders tend to become withdrawn and socially isolated. This can lead to the inability to form lasting relationships later on down the road. Furthermore, children are especially at risk for having early educational difficulties that they may never be able to overcome. Other long-term effects of untreated anxiety disorders can include low self-esteem, the development of depression or substance abuse problems, and may even lead to the development of physical complications over time.
In order for children with anxiety to have a better chance of growing into productive, emotionally stable adults, treatment needs to be sought as soon as possible. In many cases, a residential treatment program is the best place for your child because they are able to identify all of your child’s treatment needs and provide him or her with a number of different treatment methods that can help get his or her anxiety under control.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Resource Treatment Center provides structured and therapeutically intensive treatment programs that provide comprehensive, efficient, and effective programming that meets the needs of the youth and families we serve. Here at Resource, we focus on providing a structured environment while also allowing for individualized services for all youth in our care. Additionally, our programs allow youth to experience a sense of normalcy in the programming process while also benefiting from an array of services that have a therapeutic foundation.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resource
Here at Resource, we utilize a number of different evidence-based practices in order to produce successful treatment outcomes. Upon arrival, each youth is assessed using multiple assessment tools, allowing us to match treatment techniques to each patient’s unique strengths, needs, and risks. At Resource, we offer two separate residential treatment programs which include our psychiatric residential treatment (PRTF) and our general residential program (RTC). The intake assessment will determine which program is a better fit for your child. We use a phase system approach to treatment in which each youth is required to go through four different phases, including identification, connection, demonstration, and contribution. Both programs include the following treatment methods:
Medication management: Each child in our residential treatment program sees a psychiatrist on a regular basis for any medication needs. Children in the PRTF program see the psychiatrist on a weekly basis while those in the RTC program see the psychiatrist on a monthly basis.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held on a weekly basis and focus on application and generalization of new skills. These skills can then be implemented into the home and community. We also have individual skill-building sessions that focus on six specific proficiencies, including: social, emotional, education, self-care, health and wellness, and daily living skills.
Group therapy: Group sessions are held at least once a day, but your child may participate in more groups depending upon his or her particular needs. We have a number of different types of groups that cover a number of different topics, including anger management, healthy coping skills, social skills, and independent living skills. Group therapy provides structured skill-based programming that allows for learning skills to be developed and promotes specific critical skills in a structured manner.
Family therapy: Family therapy is held at least every two weeks in which we use practices based on multi-systems therapy. During this time, our therapists will move the entire family through a process to enhance motivation and establish a collaborative approach. Additionally, every Tuesday night we hold family night in order to help educate family members about their child’s disorder and treatment process.
School programming: We offer our patients a fully accredited on-site school, held in a traditional classroom setting for 3 hours each day. School services include credit recovery and GED preparation.
In addition to our regular treatment techniques, we also offer a number of experiential programming options, including:
- Daily recreational group therapy
- Girl Scouts (Boy Scouts program will be starting in the near future)
- Volunteering in the community
- NA meetings for those struggling with substance abuse concerns
- Community outings
- Youth group ministry
- Teen outreach program
- Pro-social activities
- Computer lab
- Student council
- Holiday activities
- Special ceremonies in which awards are given to celebrate successes
Other services that are offered as part of our comprehensive programming include:
- 24-hour medical and nursing coverage
- Crisis intervention
- Dental and vision care
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
All discharge planning begins once a child has been admitted to our program. Here at Resource, we place a high priority on effective discharge planning in order to ensure that all continuing care needs are in place before the child leaves our treatment center. We have a criteria put in place to warrant a successful discharge. The criteria that a child must meet in order to be considered safe to successfully discharge include the following:
- Youth has reached a level of stability where this level of placement is no longer needed
- Youth displays significantly improved conditions by exhibiting little or no maladaptive behaviors
- Youth is able to articulate plans to manage his or her emotional and/or behavioral responses in regards to various psychosocial stressors
- Youth is better able to manage potential family conflict
- The family of the youth has demonstrated a commitment towards successful reunification based on their level of participation in their child’s treatment
- There are reasonable expectations that the youth will be compliant with family rules and expectations, as well as remain free from legal involvement
- Youth has articulated plans to manage independent living skills, such as employment, school, etc.
- Youth has taken an active part in his or her discharge planning and can reasonably be expected to follow through on all aspects of that discharge plan
- Youth demonstrates the ability to maintain a lower risk of participating in unsafe behaviors that present them as a risk to the community