Adolescent

La Amistad Behavioral Health Services’ Adolescent Residential Treatment Program, for adolescents ages 12 through 17 (6th grade through high school), is a comprehensive program to re-establish healthy adolescent behavior while developing a successful transition back into the family, home, school and community. This program based out of our facility in Central FL, is designed to deal with adolescent behavioral health issues and educational needs. We place emphasis on helping the adolescent identify their emotions and correct the actions that have created problems. Through this discovery process, adolescents learn to accept responsibility for their behavior and develop healthy modes of interaction with others. A behavioral program and level system reinforce positive feedback and encouragement for progress.

The Adolescent Program is offered as a residential or partial hospitalization (day treatment) program. This program serves individuals with serious behavioral, emotional, family, school and social problems. Typical problems treated include:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dual diagnosis (substance abuse)
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Sexual/physical abuse
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Personality disorders
  • Anxiety
  • School issues
  • ADHD

Strong family involvement is recommended; encouraged through family therapy, frequent visits and telephone calls. Conference calls with the facility staff, adolescent and family enhance work with geographically distant families. In addition, there is a monthly Family Day that includes parent education groups, multi-family discussions, nursing education, therapeutic recreational activities and school principal conferences.

Treatment Components Include (Treatment components are subject to change depending on the needs of the resident):

  • Medication management
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Community group for peer issues
  • Specialized therapy groups to include trauma and chemical dependency
  • On-site NA and AA groups (closed meetings)
  • Play therapy groups in our specialized play therapy room
  • Equine therapy
  • Adventure/recreation therapy
  • Parenting classes
  • Fully accredited year-round academic program
  • Computer lab
  • Music therapy
  • Thematic learning with associated monthly field trip
  • Monthly Family Day on the third Saturday
  • Parent/teacher conferences
  • Weekly academic progress reports
  • Physical fitness center