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Young people at TrinityHouse work with an experienced team of professionals. The team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, chemical addiction counselors, a recreation therapist, professional counselors, certified secondary education teachers, certified special education teachers, and nurses.
At our residential treatment facilities, intensive therapeutic services begin the day the student is admitted to our home. Upon arrival the student is interviewed, assessed and assigned a primary therapist. The primary therapist interacts with the child weekly during individual therapy sessions, family therapy sessions, and some of the group sessions. Additionally, at least once a week the child’s issues and needs are discussed during the multi-disciplinary team meeting.
During the first two weeks of treatment, the mental health and other educational professionals will conduct a thorough assessment of the student. The team will administer intellectual, academic & personality testing as part of that assessment. Prior therapists, school personnel and family members are contacted to obtain an accurate history.
Thirty days from the admission date, the multi-disciplinary team creates a Treatment Plan, which includes diagnoses and measurable goals that the team recommends the student achieve while in treatment. The treatment plan is discussed with the parents and the student and while the student is enrolled, the plan becomes the working blueprint for therapeutic interventions. This treatment plan in reviewed weekly and a formal report is written each month, which addresses the student’s current progress on treatment plan objectives and goals.
The primary therapist sees the student for Individual Therapy Sessions. Students at TrinityHouse receive three individual therapy sessions each week with their individual therapist. Each therapist at TrinityHouse uses a variety of approaches (i.e. cognitive, behavioral, systemic, humanistic, psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, solution focused) based on the personality and needs of the student. Often students form a strong positive bond with their therapist, which serves as a prototype and vehicle for healthy relationships with adults.
TrinityHouse utilizes a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) approach withstudents who struggle to use effective coping strategies. DBT is an empirically based treatment model that has proven effective in treating such students. DBT students are empowered with a portable skill set that enables them to improve the quality of their life and sustain these changes into adulthood. DBT emphasizes a nonjudgmental, validation approach to treating students and their families. Some of the benefits are as follows:
- Focus on treating behaviors not diagnosis
- Validating, nonjudgmental approach
- Self-assessing skills and improved self-knowledge
- Portable skill set: Targeting emotional dysregulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and mindfulness
- Behavioral consultation team
- Empirically based
- Individual, family and group therapy protocols
- Emphasis on relapse prevention
Group Therapy is conducted by a variety of therapists, each of whom has a unique style. All of the therapists who provide individual therapy also provide group therapy. We have found that this creates a dynamic, creative, and challenging therapeutic climate. Our group therapy sessions are a powerful arena for gaining insight about how each student’s behaviors and attitudes affect others. Students also gain a positive sense of peer support during group therapy sessions.
TrinityHouse is a residential treatment center and students who have used drugs or alcohol will participate in Substance Abuse Counseling. At TrinityHouse, students with substance abuse issues see the substance abuse counselor for one of the individual therapy sessions each week and meet with the substance abuse counselor in group therapy one time per week. The substance abuse counselor oversees the student’s progress in the 12-step model and helps the student incorporate relapse prevention training and positive coping skills into their daily living. Students also attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the community two times each week.
Students’ medical needs are addressed by our psychiatrists and nurses, who collaborate closely when providing Psychiatric Services. Our psychiatrist (physician specializing in psychiatric issues and medications) meet with the students one time each week to address and manage his/her medication needs. Our nurses meet weekly with the student to coordinate medical needs and to provide a regular assessment of the students’ functioning.
TrinityHouse believes that each child’s problems and care are unique and that it is impossible to standardize the length of stay. Therefore, when a child is enrolled at TrinityHouse, the initial contract is only for 30 days but is renewable monthly. Our average length of stay is 115 days with some students staying up to a year and a half.
TrinityHouse will help orchestrate the next step for the child. Treatment progress and length of stay is regularly evaluated by the parents, outside counselors, and our entire multi-disciplinary team. This way, you can be sure that the period of care will be no longer than necessary. This approach to length of stay helps contain costs and allows the child to return home when ready.