A mental health condition that can cause a decline in functioning in several areas of a person’s life, depression is one that can affect people of all ages. When a child or adolescent experiences ongoing sadness and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, he or she is most likely suffering from depression. When presenting in children and adolescents, the symptoms of depression can impair academic performance, negatively impact peer relationships, and cause a great deal of damage to a child or adolescent’s self-esteem. And while sadness is an emotion that everyone experiences at some point, the serious symptoms of depression can ultimately lead to self-harming behaviors, suicidal ideation, and even attempts at suicide if an individual goes without treatment.
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 who is suffering from depression can be heart-wrenching and leave you feeling helpless, but we are here to help both you and your child. Our compassionate staff has years of experience helping children learn to gain control of their symptoms and develop the coping skills needed to successfully move forward towards a bright and happy future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Some children and adolescents are not forthcoming in reporting that they are struggling with symptoms of depression. When this is the case, it becomes the responsibility of parents or caregivers to identify the signs and symptoms of depression and consider various treatment options. If it seems apparent that a youth is depressed, here are some things to keep in mind when attempting to help a child or adolescent get treatment to alleviate the symptoms of this mental health condition:
- Understand that your child may not want to discuss his or her depressed mood
- Consider all options when it comes to treating your child’s depression
- Be willing to partake in the treatment process
- Remain an ever-present source of support for your child
Why Consider Treatment at Resource
If the symptoms of depression go without treatment, a number of devastating effects can occur as a result. Academic failure, worsening self-esteem or self-worth, and the development of unhealthy coping methods, such as self-harm, are common among youth who experience prolonged depression. Furthermore, the risk of suicide increases for youth who suffer in silence when this disorder is part of daily life. However, there are a number of treatment options that can significantly reduce the likelihood of such effects.
Residential treatment is one such treatment option that can reduce harmful effects and has been proven effective in helping children and adolescents overcome depression symptoms. When engaged in this type of program, youth are surrounded by experienced and compassionate mental health professionals who can offer ongoing support 24/7. Additionally, those involved in residential care have access to psychiatrists who can prescribe and manage medication in a safe and secure environment. Learning healthy coping skills and having the ability to gain a new sense of self-awareness through various therapeutic interventions are additional benefits of residential treatment that can set the stage for lasting healing and recovery.
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: 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 life. We also offer individual skills-building sessions that focus on six specific proficiencies including: educational, social, emotional, 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 social skills, mood regulation, anger management, healthy coping skills, and independent living 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 family members are local or request more sessions. 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:
- Girl Scouts (Boy Scouts program will be starting in the near future)
- Spiritual youth group ministry
- Teen outreach program
- Daily recreational group therapy
- Student council
- Pro-social activities
- Computer lab
- Community volunteering opportunities
- Community outings
- Holiday activities
- Special ceremonies in which awards are given to celebrate successes
- NA meetings for youth who are struggling with substance abuse concerns
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 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 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 at which this level of placement is no longer needed
- Youth displays significantly improved conditions by exhibiting little or no maladaptive behaviors
- 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 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.