That is why, in some cases, the best way to help a young person who has experienced a significant trauma is through a residential treatment program.
Highland Hospital’s psychiatric residential treatment program for youth serves children and adolescents between the ages of 4 and 14 in two 12-bed units (one for ages 4-9 and the other for ages 10-14). The program lasts for six to nine months.
In treatment, young people who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric condition that leads to severe functional impairment will learn to succeed in various areas of life. Areas of focus include succeeding at school, building and maintaining interpersonal relationships, strengthening communication skills, emphasizing healthy thought processes, practicing self-care, and contributing in the community. The goal is to minimize the role past trauma plays in the young person’s life as they look toward their future.