Youth Services Inpatient Program for Adolescent Females (13-17 y/o)
Purpose and Objectives
The main goal of the Youth Services Inpatient Program for adolescent females is to help patients to achieve personal safety by becoming better equipped to manage life’s challenges in ways that foster meaningful connection and lead to greater enjoyment of a life worth living.
The program seeks to achieve its goal through use of comprehensive assessments by a multidisciplinary team of medical and behavioral health professionals, services that may include medication management, therapeutic groups and activities, case management; and through discussions with key family members to identify a plan to help patients stay safe and sustain progress toward emotional health and wellness after discharge.
The services provided by each team member aim to prepare the adolescent female patient for a transition back home and/or to a less intensive treatment setting by doing the following:
· Teaching skills to safely manage thoughts and behaviors that would otherwise pose a danger to self or others
· Reducing severe symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, substance abuse/dependence, psychosis, conduct, and other disorders
· Identifying ways to help improve the adolescent’s ability to function at home, at school, with peers, and in the community
· Developing a safe discharge plan with referral appointments to psychiatrists for medications, therapists for individual and/or family therapy, and additional services that may address identified problems
The Youth Services Inpatient Program is dedicated to providing a positive and safe experience for all participants. It is designed to offer teenage girls an opportunity to participate in multiple treatment modalities including individual, group, and family therapy and expressive arts groups, while receiving valuable education about issues related to mental health in a safe and supportive environment. Specific goals will be identified with input from each patient and their family in order to help her to reach the highest level of personal wellbeing, self-esteem, and independence.
During the years of adolescence, teens experience rapid changes physically, emotionally, and socially. Some teens manage these changes with little difficulty, while others may need support. Staff members in the program are prepared in their own unique specialties to assist adolescents in exploring issues such as depression, low self-esteem, family conflict, social anxiety, panic attacks, self-harm, drug/alcohol abuse and addiction, relationship problems, suicide prevention, grief and loss, academic challenges, and more.
Our program provides a boutique-style experience with 7 individual rooms in total. Patients have the benefit of free access to a secure open space with multiple seating areas and a therapeutic garden. Our program director, Dr. Paul Kurkjian utilizes a dynamic treatment planning model based on the UCLA method. Our clients also benefit from one of the highest patient to staff ratios available for inpatient adolescent care.