Conduct disorder is defined as a repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior that a child or adolescent displays that violates the basic rights of others and age-appropriate societal norms. Children or adolescents with conduct disorder display symptoms such as an extremely strong will, disrespect to parents or other authority figures, defiance in almost any situation, temper tantrums that are inappropriate for the child’s age, and argumentativeness.
Resource Treatment Center is a residential placement for children and adolescents between the ages of 11 and 21 who are in need of a safe and structured setting while addressing a variety of behavioral and emotional impairments. All of our programs are designed to provide intensive mental health treatment for psychiatric, behavioral, and/or chemical dependency concerns in an environment that is conducive to healing. At Resource, we recognize that having a child with conduct disorder can be extremely difficult and, at times, completely exhausting. The staff at Resource is here to help. Our compassionate staff has years of experience helping children learn to gain control of their symptoms and develop the coping skills needed to successfully achieve a happier future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a child with conduct disorder can at times be completely heartbreaking. In order to help avoid power struggles and better manage their child’s behavior it is often helpful for parents to get professional help. Children with conduct disorder require a strict routine, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Parenting classes can help parents learn specific techniques to help their child thrive.
Why Consider Treatment at Resource
Oftentimes, those with conduct disorder will struggle in school and have a hard time making and/or keeping friends. Not only does it seem like children with conduct disorder enjoy deliberately annoying people, but they refuse to take responsibility for their behaviors and will blame others for their mistakes. Additionally, they are easily annoyed and may act aggressive toward their peers. If left untreated, children with this disorder will likely begin to violate more serious rules, such as running away from home. Additionally, their behavior patterns may begin to progressively get more aggressive and they may begin to initiate fights or bully others.
Among all of the treatment options that are available for children and adolescents who are struggling with conduct disorder, residential treatment is one of the most effective. With around-the-clock supervision and support, children with conduct disorder have a safe place where they can learn the tools necessary to manage their behavior. Surrounded by qualified staff, residential care allows youth to complete the treatment process and come out the on the other side successful.
Program Philosophy or Benefits
Resource Treatment Center is dedicated to providing structured and therapeutically intensive treatments that offer comprehensive, efficient, and effective programming that is designed to meet the needs of the youth and the families that we serve. At Resource, we focus on providing a safe and comfortable environment while the children and adolescents in our care receive individualized services tailored to meet their specific needs. We strive to deliver programming that allows youth to experience a sense of normalcy while taking part in the treatment process, while also benefiting from a vast array of services that are centered on an evidence-based therapeutic foundation. Maintaining the goal of stabilizing emotional, behavioral, and psychological symptoms, the staff at Resource guides patients through treatment so that they can be successfully reintegrated back into the community.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resource
At Resource Treatment Center, we utilize a number of sound, evidence-based practices that are designed to produce successful treatment outcomes. Upon arrival at Resource, each youth is evaluated using multiple assessment tools, allowing us to appropriately match therapeutic treatment techniques with each patient’s unique needs, risks, and strengths. We offer two separate, distinct residential treatment programs that include our psychiatric residential treatment (PRTF) and our general residential program (RTC). The intake assessment will determine which program is better suited to fully meet the needs of each child. At Resource, we implement a phase system approach to treatment where each patient is required to go through four specific phases in order to successfully complete programming. These phases include identification, connection, demonstration, and contribution. Both of our programs include the following treatment methods:
Medication management: Every patient who takes part in one of the programs here at Resource will meet with a psychiatrist regularly in order to monitor any medication needs. Youth in the PRTF program will see a psychiatrist on a weekly basis while those in the RTC program see a psychiatrist on a monthly basis.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held on a weekly basis and allow patients time to meet one-on-one with a therapist in order to focus on the application and generalization of new skills. These skills can then be implemented in the child’s home and community life. We also offer individual skills-building sessions that focus on six specific proficiencies including: social, emotional, educational, self-care, health and wellness, and daily living skills.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are held at a minimum of once per day, but children may participate in more groups depending on their specific needs. We have a number of different types of groups that cover a variety of different topics, including mood regulation, anger management, social skills, independent living skills, and healthy coping skills. The main purpose of group therapy is to provide a structured, skills-based program that allows for learning skills to be developed while also promoting specific critical skills in a structured and encouraging setting.
Family therapy: Family therapy sessions are held at least every two weeks, but may occur more often if needed. During this time, therapists will move the family unit as a whole through the treatment process in order to enhance motivation and establish a collaborative approach. Additionally, every Tuesday night we hold a family night in order to help educate family members about their child’s disorder and treatment process.
School programming: At Resource Treatment Center, all patients attend a fully accredited on-site school for three hours each day. Classes are held in a traditional classroom setting and are led by fully qualified special education teachers. Additional school services are offered, including 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)
- Special ceremonies in which awards are given to celebrate successes
- NA meetings for youth who are struggling with substance abuse concerns
- Community volunteering opportunities
- Community outings
- Spiritual youth group ministry
- Teen outreach program
- Pro-social activities
- Student council
- Computer lab
- Holiday activities
Other services that are offered as part of our comprehensive programming include:
- Crisis intervention
- Dental and vision care
- 24-hour medical and nursing coverage
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 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
- 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