The goal of the Adolescent and Youth Program is to provide a long-term path to stability rather than short relief from "disorder". The work is in uncovering and address the underlying sources of pain, rather than just symptom relief.
All Balance programs include a kids track for children aged 6-12 years of age and their parents. The 10-week program with 30 treatment days offers a supportive environment for children to learn about their social emotional wellbeing, and will include healthy strategies to effectively regulate their minds and bodies. The program offers built-in support for parents, which includes weekly parenting groups that teach effective parenting skills and includes psychoeducation on how to manage their own social emotional health while raising their children. Families learn how to effectively co-regulate together while strengthening their understanding of how to continue to grow and adapt as a cohesive family unit.
The program offers 9 hours a week of group therapy for the children and their families. The kids engage in social skill building as well as emotional regulation curriculum that incorporates knowledge about sensory processing, executive functioning, and emotional functioning for this age group. Children struggling with ADHD, ADD, ODD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD and other mental health troubles would be the ideal candidates. Children that have Mild ASD presentations can be benefit as well, and will be able to incorporate into the program.
Balance staff uses a family systems approach with the adolescent and family by identifying and bringing empathy to difficult family dynamics. This is done by working cooperatively with the individual adolescent and by providing support and education for the adolescent’s parents. Family members as well as outpatient providers are to be included in the recovery, treatment and discharge process.
Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) are for anyone who may benefit from a stronger source of support and structure in their path toward growth. This type of treatment can serve as a form of aftercare following inpatient or partial hospitalization or as an option for those who find that individual psychotherapy alone is not an adequate source of support for addressing their concerns. IOPs provide structure, support and guidance while allowing clients to remain active in their lives by maintaining daily routines such as work or school.