Treatment for Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is characterized by a persistent pattern of tantrums, arguing, and angry or disruptive behavior that a child or adolescent displays towards parents and/or other authority figures. This behavioral disorder, usually diagnosed in childhood, includes uncooperative, defiant, and negativistic behaviors.

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, secure, and structured setting while addressing behavioral and emotional impairments and deficits. All of our programs are designed to provide intensive mental health treatment for psychiatric, behavioral, and/or chemical dependency concerns in a comfortable and nonthreatening environment that is conducive to healing and recovery. At Resource, we recognize that having a child with ODD can be, at times, extremely challenging and leave you feeling at a loss as to what you can do. Our compassionate staff has years of experience working with children with behavioral issues learn to more effectively manage their problematic behaviors and learn the tools needed for a successful future.

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Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment

At times it may be difficult to determine the difference between a child who is just strong-willed and one who is struggling with oppositional defiant disorder. While it is completely normal for a child to be defiant at times, there is a vast difference between normal, age-appropriate independence-seeking behavior and that of oppositional defiant disorder. Here are some signs that may indicate your child could be struggling with ODD:

  • Has frequent temper tantrums
  • Is argumentative with adults
  • Refuses to comply with adult requests or rules
  • Is easily annoyed
  • Has difficulty maintaining relationships
  • Annoys people deliberately
  • Is spiteful or vindictive
  • Acts aggressively towards peers
  • Believes that unreasonable demands are being placed on them
  • Has academic problems
  • Feels a lack of self-esteem

Why Consider Treatment at Resource

If it is not properly treated, managing ODD can be very difficult for the parents, and even more frustrating for the child. Children with this disorder may have problems in school, especially with teachers and other authority figures. They may have a hard time making and keeping friends. In some cases, ODD is a precursor to more severe problems, such as conduct disorders, substance abuse, and severe delinquency.

Residential treatment centers have been known to be successful in treating children and adolescents who are struggling with oppositional defiant disorder. By entering into a residential center, children are able to remove themselves from the stress of everyday life and put all of their attention into the healing process. In a residential program, children can learn the tools they need to change their maladaptive behaviors and control their impulsivity or symptoms of anger. Additionally, these programs allow children to interact with others where they can work on social skills and interpersonal skills. Finally, family therapy focuses on making changes within the family system, such as improving communication skills and creating health family interactions.

Program Philosophy and Benefits

Resource Treatment Center is dedicated to providing structured and therapeutically intensive treatment that offers 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 that our patients take part in prior to admission will determine which program is better suited to fully meet the needs of each child. We implement a phase system approach to treatment in which 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 the PRTF program and the RTC program include the following treatment methods:

Medication management: While medication is not typically used in treating ODD, it may be implemented if symptoms of another disorder are present. 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 are meant to be a time for each patient 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 live. We also offer individual skills-building sessions that focus on six specific proficiencies, including: social, emotional, educational, health and wellness, self-care, 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
  • Gym
  • Student council
  • Girl Scouts (Boy Scouts program will be starting in the near future)
  • Spiritual youth group ministry
  • Teen outreach program
  • Community volunteering opportunities
  • Community outings
  • Pro-social activities
  • Computer lab
  • Holiday activities
  • Special ceremonies in which awards are given to celebrate successes
  • NA meetings

Other services that are offered as part of our comprehensive programming include:

  • 24-hour medical and nursing coverage
  • Crisis intervention
  • Dental and vision care
If you feel that you are in crisis, or are having thoughts about hurting yourself or others, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

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
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