After a person experiences, witnesses, or learns about a trauma or traumatic event, it is possible that signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder could manifest. A mental health condition that can cause a great deal of impairment and disruption in a person’s life, post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, can cause sufferers to have terrifying nightmares, intrusive memories, and vivid flashbacks reminiscent of the trauma or traumas. Children and adolescents who grapple with this mental illness often have a great deal of difficulty performing in school, interacting with peers, and may act out due to ongoing feelings of worry and fear. Additionally, those with PTSD may intentionally try to avoid people, places, and situations that trigger unpleasant feelings and memories because the emotions associated with the trauma or traumas are intensely overwhelming. Getting the necessary treatment for this condition can spare children and adolescents from experiencing long term effects and allow them to live content and fulfilling lives free from the symptoms of PTSD.
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 post-traumatic stress disorder can be devastating 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
Children and adolescents who have post-traumatic stress disorder often struggle with the most mundane of daily tasks due to the intrusiveness of the symptoms associated with this mental illness. For parents and caregivers, it can be heart-breaking to watch a child suffer and try to function normally when the symptoms of this disorder are so all-consuming. The following are some things parents and caregivers can do when PTSD is a factor in a child or adolescent’s life.
- Familiarize yourself with post-traumatic stress disorder and its impact on a youth’s behavior, emotions, and physical health.
- Consider treatment options that can help alleviate the symptoms of PTSD and determine how you can be involved in the treatment process.
- Be understanding that symptoms will not disappear overnight.
- Provide unwavering support before, during, and after treatment. Supplying a child or adolescent with ongoing encouragement can ensure lasting healing.
Why Consider Treatment at Resource
The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can be crippling for a person at any age. However, children and adolescents who are living with this condition may experience life-changing effects if treatment is not sought. Those who do not find relief from PTSD symptoms are at greater risk for abusing drugs and/or alcohol, engaging in criminal activity, and developing self-harming behaviors. Additionally, suicide rates are high among those with post-traumatic stress disorder. If symptoms of PTSD persist and carry over into adulthood, there is a high likelihood of more severe effects occurring that could be irreversible. The key thing to know is that treatment is available that has proven effectiveness in helping those with this disruptive mental illness. The sooner a child or adolescent is identified as having symptoms of PTSD and treatment is implemented, the more likely that youth is to have a future free from the constraints of this detrimental disorder.
Among treatment options available for children and adolescents with post-traumatic stress disorder, residential treatment is one of the most effective. With round-the-clock supervision and support, young people who are suffering from PTSD can learn how to manage overwhelming emotions, control acting out behaviors, and process feelings associated with the trauma or traumas. Offered in a safe and secure environment with qualified staff, residential care affords young people the opportunity to go through the treatment process with a clear and present focus on healing, recovery, and resuming a happy and healthy life. .
Program Philosophy or Benefits
Resource Treatment Center is dedicated to providing structured and therapeutically intensive treatment 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 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: 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 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:
- 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