YBGR utilizes evidenced-based treatment approaches that include Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Research supports these approaches in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, oppositional behavior, mood disorders, trauma related symptoms, addictions, and personality disorder traits. The basis of these forms of therapy involves revising the negative thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors that persist in individuals with these diagnoses. YBGR staff are trained in identifying and assisting youth in recognizing negative thought patterns about themselves and the world that affect their emotional state and behaviors. Youth who are enrolled in YBGR services are encouraged to identify their negative thought patterns, recognize the connection between their thoughts and emotions, revise their negative thought patterns, and use this information to improve personal and interpersonal behaviors.
YBGR therapists utilize a multitude of service approaches in order to accomplish this task, including traditional individual, family, and group therapy; animal assisted therapies; recreation therapy; ropes course initiatives; art therapy; and conflict resolution approaches. The multidisciplinary treatment team for the residential program includes psychiatrists, a physician’s assistant, nurses, a clinical psychologist, therapists, recreation therapists, program managers, mental health workers, a school psychologist, a school counselor, teachers, and therapeutic work supervisors. Community Based Services treatment teams may include therapeutic youth mentors, case managers, outpatient therapy, school-based services, home support services, supportive employment, and therapeutic foster care.
The treatment teams work with youth and families or guardians in order to ensure that a youth is accomplishing treatment goals in each area of their treatment.
If outside providers are involved with the youth and family, such as school representatives, community therapists, or advocates, they may also be involved in the treatment process. Treatment team members communicate frequently and formally meet as a team with clients, parents, guardians, and referral sources once per month for the residential program and every 90 days for community based services order to communicate treatment progress and recommendations.
The YBGR residential treatment approach includes a level system that denotes a resident’s overall and current progress in treatment and determines privileges that the resident may enjoy. Staff use natural and logical consequences in order to teach residents appropriate behaviors. Families and guardians are encouraged to participate in visitation and passes that are graduated and planned by the treatment team in order to provide the resident with support, assess treatment gains, and reintegrate them into the home and community. Each child or adolescent is unique and presents with circumstances that require consideration by the treatment team.
Therefore, treatment is individualized to the resident based on these circumstances and the best course of action based on these circumstances.
Residents, parents, guardians, and referring professionals are encouraged to participate in the treatment planning process in order to maximize the experience. Residents of YBGR participate in treatment in a beautiful and supportive environment. YBGR staff understand the difficulties involved in children and adolescents being away from home and seek to make the most of this time by providing the youth and families we serve with an experience that will improve functioning and relationships for years to come. Residents build relationships with peers who are experiencing similar difficulties and with staff who are trained to assist them in building positive relationships.
Similarly, youth involved in YBGR Community Based Services are offered individualized treatment planning based on the unique circumstances and difficulties of the child and family. In addition to parents and guardians being involved in the treatment, youth enrolled in school based services have the opportunity to work with a therapist on site to help ease anxiety and the difficulty of attending outpatient appointments. Community Based programs also offer a continuum of care that is available to assist youth and families at home, at school, or in the community at large.