Child and Adolescent Program
Inpatient services for children and adolescents at River Oaks Hospital are specifically designed to meet the mental health care needs of patients ages 6 through 17. Individuals experiencing serious behavioral disturbance or an inability to function at home or school may be appropriate for treatment. The therapeutic environment is structured and facilitates a clinical understanding of the patient’s unique problems while attending to important family issues. Every individual is provided with a variety of opportunities to learn new skills and to achieve success.
Treatment consists primarily of group, family and individual therapies. Family therapy is an integral part of treatment. Family members are encouraged to address problems and frustrations that have contributed to the current crisis. New Lines of communication are opened which lends to the development of a better-adjusted family unit to meet the child upon discharge. Psycho-educational modules and activity therapies are also key components of the program. Varied treatment modalities are utilized to promote the development of symptom management techniques as well as problem solving and coping skills.
The ultimate goal of treatment is to stabilize the immediate crisis and to enable the patient to return to the community with skills to promote personal and emotional development, relationship building and independence. An emphasis is placed on comprehensive discharge planning that promoted appropriate aftercare and relapse prevention.
In The Children’s Program, treatment focuses on helping the patient identify emotions and correct maladaptive behaviors that have contributed to current conflicts at school and at home. Positive behavior is rewarded through earning privileged, and other basic tenets of behavior modification are used to shape appropriate conduct and to promote effective impulse control.
The Adolescent Program utilizes the peer group to bring about change, and places the focus of treatment on helping the adolescent develop a positive self-image, appropriate socialization skills and healthy communication. The treatment team emphasizes the importance of learning to accept responsibility for individual behavior and developing healthy modes of interaction with others.
- Individualized treatment plan.
- Family, group and individual therapy.
- Medication management.
- Educational modules-social skills training, problem solving, anger management.
- Specialized groups addressing issues of sexual abuse, aggression and substance abuse.
- Art, music and play therapies.
- Discharge planning and communication with outpatient treatment team.
- Special School Program is housed at River Oaks for children ages 6 to 12 and adolescents ages 13-17.
Calls are accepted 24 hours a day. For information, or to schedule a free assessment, contact the Assessment and Referral Department at (504) 734-1740 or 1-800-366-1740.