At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we take great pride in the fact that our staff is able to afford children and adolescents superior treatment for several emotional, behavioral, and cognitive concerns. We recognize the importance of catering treatment to meet the needs of young people, which is why we offer specialized programming that is designed to meet the needs of youth who are struggling with intermittent explosive disorder (IED). Children and adolescents who have IED engage in repeated episodes of aggressive, violent, impulsive, and angry behaviors and verbal outbursts that are severely out of proportion to any given situation. Such outbursts also occur without provocation and without consideration to the potential negative repercussions that can result from the behaviors. However, when children are struggling with intermittent explosive disorder, they typically experience feelings of remorse and embarrassment following their outbursts. While the presence of this mental health condition can elicit a number of detrimental consequences in a child’s life, there is treatment available that can prevent future detriments.
Millcreek Behavioral Health has been a leading provider of behavioral healthcare and educational services to emotionally disturbed and developmentally delayed children and adolescents in the state of Mississippi for over 30 years. Maintaining our standing as the largest private provider of services to children and adolescents in the state, we strive to provide programming that emphasizes the individualization of treatment based on each child’s strengths. Our highly trained and qualified staff works towards increasing the self-esteem of all children who are entrusted into our care in order to build their confidence and increase their ability to successfully navigate through treatment. When children and adolescents come to us struggling with the symptoms associated with intermittent explosive disorder, we will do everything in our power to help them overcome their challenges while also teaching them the skills needed to embark on a bright and successful future.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Caring for a child who has intermittent explosive disorder can bring about a vast array of emotions, ranging from anger and frustration to fear of how your child will react to any given situation. You are likely also experiencing a great deal of concern about what the future holds for your child if such behaviors do not cease. While you may be overwhelmed and feel helpless as to what you can do for your child, there are steps that you can take in order to get your child on track for finding healing. Consider the following:
- Learn all that you can about intermittent explosive disorder because the more knowledge you have, the better able you will be to support your child. Having such knowledge will allow you the ability to recognize symptoms and understand the best ways to handle those symptoms, while also affording you an overall understanding that can allow you empathize with your child.
- Research treatment options that are designed specifically to address the needs of children and adolescents.
- Anticipate resistance to participating in treatment, but continue to calmly explain to your child the benefits that getting treatment can have on his or her life.
- While it can be extremely difficult at times, do your best to remain patient with your child and avoid being judgmental.
- Give your child a safe environment in which he or she can feel comfortable expressing his or her own frustrations and negative emotions. Refrain from minimizing those feelings.
- Be an active part of your child’s treatment process, remaining unconditionally supportive.
Why Consider Treatment at Millcreek Behavioral Health
Children and adolescents who are suffering from intermittent explosive disorder who are denied the ability to engage in treatment are likely to face monumental struggles throughout their lives. They may find it difficult to perform appropriately at school, often facing disciplinary action as a result of their acting out behaviors. They may experience great difficulty in forming and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships as their moods and behaviors prevent them from doing so. Furthermore, the longer that symptoms persist, the more likely they are to worsen, potentially resulting in interactions with the legal system. But life does not have to be so bleak.
Residential treatment programs have proven to be extremely effective at fostering wholly therapeutic environments in which children with IED can work towards true healing and recovery. In this setting, children are afforded monitoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by highly trained and qualified mental health professionals who can provide support and therapeutic interventions whenever these children experience changes in temperament and feel the impulse to act out. Additionally, in this setting, children and adolescents are given the opportunity to work with peers who are facing similar struggles, increasing their self-esteem by proving to them that they are not alone. By taking part in a number of different therapies and treatment modalities, these children are taking the first step towards living a happier, healthier, and brighter future; a future that they deserve.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we are dedicated to helping children lead healthier, more productive lives. By offering programming that places a strong emphasis on a child’s inherent strengths, our caring and compassionate staff tailors treatment plans to be individualized based on each child’s unique set of needs, as well as on the skills he or she already has in place. We strive to consistently encourage the growth of children’s self-esteem and enhance their level of self-confidence and independence by developing activities that are based specifically on each patient’s strengths. Each child’s treatment process remains malleable as we incorporate changes based on needs or challenges as they arise. We also place a strong emphasis on the educational aspect of treatment, keeping in mind the crucial role that education plays in a child’s development and on his or her future. At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we are devoted to consistently improving our programming by persistently addressing any requests, concerns, or issues that are brought forth in our patient surveys. Our patients are our top priority and we make it our sole mission to do all that we can to ensure their lasting success.
Types of Treatment Offered at Millcreek Behavioral Health
At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we strive to offer excellent customer service to everyone with whom we come in contact. We pride ourselves in our quick response to inquiries and referrals, and our admissions staff works diligently to ensure that a smooth and timely transition into our care is offered for all potential patients. Once children have been admitted into our psychiatric residential treatment program, they will partake in a number of therapeutic interventions that are tailored to meet each of their specific needs, while simultaneously enhancing and building upon the strengths they already possess. We use a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy in our programs here at Millcreek, which ensures that maladaptive thinking patterns are changed and positive behaviors are reinforced. Research-based journaling is utilized throughout individual and group therapies, which assists patients as they find success in their own treatment path.
The dedicated staff at Millcreek Behavioral Health is proud to offer a positive-reinforcement based approach to care, guiding patients as they work through a Phase System throughout the course of treatment. This Phase System includes four distinct phases, Exploration, Knowledge, Motivation, and Achievement, and is accompanied by identified safety levels that rewards children on their progress through treatment. Such progress is acknowledged through each patient’s journaling and includes helping children identify triggers that lead to their behaviors, as well as helping them come to understand the importance of accepting the consequences of their behaviors.
The following therapeutic interventions are incorporated into the overall, comprehensive care provided to patients in our psychiatric residential treatment program:
Medication management: In some cases, children who are suffering from intermittent explosive disorder may find relief from their symptoms through the implementation of certain psychotropic medications. Such needs will be determined on an individualized basis. We have board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists on staff and on call 24/7, as well as psychiatric nurse practitioners and family physicians who are available to meet any needs that our patients may have. Children are seen at least once each week for medication management.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are designed to be a time for children to meet one-on-one with their therapists in order to track treatment progress, discuss any concerns or challenges they are facing, and to work on individual skill-building. These sessions occur at a minimum of once each week, but most patients benefit from additional sessions, as determined based on need or when requested.
Group therapy: Group therapy sessions occur at a minimum of three times per week, but are typically held more often. All group sessions are individualized based on the needs of the children present, but common topics of discussion include anger management, coping skills, relationships, independent living skills, trauma, and patient/student rights.
Family therapy: At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we recognize how important family involvement is in a child’s healing process and therefore hold family therapy sessions at a minimum of twice per month. We also afford children the ability to make phone calls or visit with their family on a regular basis, ensuring that all family involvement is individualized in order to promote the most positive interaction possible for our patients and their families.
Education: All patients attend our onsite school Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm. All classes are led by Highly Qualified Licensed Teachers and classrooms have a student to teacher ratio of 10:1 maximum. There is at least one therapeutic aide present in all classrooms and one-to-one aides are provided for children when academically necessary.
Experiential therapies: In order to provide a fully holistic approach to treatment, we offer a number of additional therapeutic options on top of the traditional therapeutic methods. Such options include:
- Recreational therapy (held daily for all patients)
- Music therapy (including individual music and choir dance)
- Art projects
- Fitness club (intensive fitness programming is offered along with nutritional education)
- Walking club
- Book club
- Gym time (including activities such as flag football, volleyball, etc.)
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we understand how intimidating the end of treatment can be for many children and their families. For this reason, all discharge and aftercare planning begins at the time of admission. Appropriate discharge criteria is created for each patient depending upon his or her needs and treatment goals. Once that criteria has been successfully met, the patient’s treatment team works with him or her as the next, most appropriate level of care is determined. Aftercare planning includes recommendations from the patient’s treatment team for medical, educational, and psychiatric services. Our staff will do everything in our power to ensure that the transition back into a less restrictive setting is a smooth and comfortable one for all parties involved, knowing that the most important thing is that your child continues to be successful.