At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we are dedicated to providing treatment programs that aim to modify the destructive behaviors that accompany impulse control disorders. This class of mental health disorders is characterized by an ongoing inability to resist impulses to engage in actions that are not only harmful to oneself, but to others as well. These disorders have often been described as having three different components, which include: a failure to control an impulse that results in harm to the child, increase in tension prior to preforming the act, and a sense of relief while acting on the impulse. When a child or adolescent is suffering from an impulse control disorder, their ability to function can be compromised. Fortunately, Millcreek Behavioral Health offers treatment for youth specifically designed to help those with impulse control disorders.
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 impulse control disorders, 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
Having a child with an impulse control disorder can lead to disruptions within daily home life and can cause great upheaval among familial relationships. In some instances, you may be in fear of what your child may do next, or you may be on constant alert while you anticipate his or her next violent outburst. If you have a child who is struggling with the symptoms associated with impulse control disorders, it is important that you take them to be evaluated by a mental health professional as soon as possible. It is imperative that your child receive the treatment they need in order to prevent long-term consequences and to bring more peace to the home environment.
Why Consider Treatment at Millcreek Behavioral Health
The complications experienced in those children and adolescents who have an impulse control disorder will depend upon the specific impulse control disorder they are struggling with and the severity of those symptoms. Impulse control disorders have the ability to affect social and academic functioning, as well as result in a number of legal problems. In order to avoid these potential consequences, it is imperative to seek professional treatment.
Psychiatric residential treatment is one treatment option that has proven to be successful in helping children and adolescents overcome the symptoms of their impulse control disorders. This effective treatment option allows children and adolescents to fully immerse themselves in the therapeutic process while gaining a better understanding of how this disorder affects their lives. Treatment for impulse control disorders often focuses on controlling the symptoms at hand, which is often done through a collaborative approach of medication and behavioral therapy. Through a residential program, numerous therapeutic interventions can be implemented, providing children with new coping skills necessary to better control their behaviors. Finally, this type of treatment program provides ongoing support and guidance to the patient and all involved family members, helping to ensure a more successful recovery.
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 we come in contact with. We pride ourselves in our quick response to inquiries and referrals, and our admissions staff works diligently to ensure a smooth and timely transition into our care. Once a child has been admitted into our psychiatric residential treatment program, they will partake in a number of therapeutic interventions that are tailored to meet each one of their specific needs, while simultaneously enhancing and building upon the strengths they already possess. We use a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy, which ensures that maladaptive thinking patterns are changed and positive behaviors are reinforced. Additionally, 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 reward 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: When impulse control disorders occur in conjunction with another mental health condition, medication is often used to help alleviate some of the additional symptoms. All medication needs will be determined on an individualized basis. Our staff includes board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists who are on call 24/7. Additionally, we employ 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)
- Walking club
- Book club
- Gym time (including activities such as flag football, volleyball, etc.)
- Music therapy (including individual music and choir dance)
- Art projects
- Fitness club (intensive fitness programming is offered along with nutritional education)
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.