Millcreek Behavioral Health takes pride in the fact that it affords children and adolescents excellent care for several behavioral, emotional, and cognitive concerns. As a leading provider of mental healthcare, we recognize the importance of catering treatment to the needs of young people. With specific regards for the treatment of anxiety disorders, Millcreek Behavioral Health acknowledges the impact anxiety can have on a young person’s life and features programming that aims to reduce the harmful effects of these conditions and improve the overall quality of life for young anxiety sufferers. Being that anxiety disorders include pervasive feelings of apprehension, worry, and sometimes fear, it is imperative that youth who grapple with anxiety receive care so that every child and adolescent can succeed academically, form healthy relationships with others, and live lives free of the obstacles that anxiety can create. Millcreek Behavioral Health offers such treatment and treats each young person with compassion as the therapeutic process is navigated when trying to overcome the distressing symptoms of anxiety.
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 an anxiety 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
Having a child who suffers from anxiety can be heart-breaking. You may notice your child struggles to perform well in school, make new friends, or cope with the stress that comes his or her way. You may wonder what you can do to help your child. You may also wonder if there is a light at the end of the tunnel as you watch your child battle anxiety symptoms that seem all-consuming and unending. Luckily, as a caregiver, you can be of great help to your child. Consider the following:
- Talk with your child about what distresses him or her most
- Be compassionate and understanding
- Discuss treatment with your child
- Research options for care that will address you and your child’s most pressing concerns
- Consult with a mental health professional to determine the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment options for the specific anxiety disorder that is plaguing your child
Additionally, it is important to avoid enabling any ritualistic behaviors that your child may be engaging in, as doing this does not fully alleviate anxiety or address the core issues that led to the onset of symptoms. Lastly, it is crucial that you be involved in your child’s treatment and learn all you can about the therapeutic process. By partaking in your child’s care, you are demonstrating that you are there to support your child and are active in helping him or her overcome the crippling symptoms of anxiety.
Why Consider Treatment at Millcreek Behavioral Health
Children and adolescents who battle anxiety disorders are at risk for a number of effects if treatment is not sought or implemented. Intense anxiety can trigger the onset of another mental health condition, lead to experimentation with, or the abuse of, drugs or alcohol, and hinder a child or adolescent in a number of settings, including school, home, and in the community. Additionally, young people who experience anxiety over a long period of time may begin to engage in self-harming behaviors or develop ideations of suicide. These effects can ultimately lead to a grave outcome if the intense feelings of fear, apprehension, and worry persist. Fortunately, caregivers can seek treatment for their child that can alleviate these symptoms and reduce the likelihood of such harmful consequences from occurring.
For children and adolescents who struggle with intense forms of anxiety, one option for care that has proven effectiveness in improving the lives of these young people is psychiatric residential care. This type of treatment allows youth to be away from the stressors of everyday life and focus strictly on healing. Psychiatrists are available to determine medication needs, prescribe mediation, and monitor medication, along with other medical staff, so as to ensure that anxiety symptoms are alleviated in the most effective manner possible. Furthermore, experienced mental health professionals, including therapists and social workers, are on hand to teach youth how to identify anxiety symptoms and combat them with new methods for coping. Finally, the families of these youth can learn ways to help their children maintain skills learned in this beneficial form of treatment and acquire a better understanding of anxiety’s impact on their child’s life. Those that engage in this form of treatment return home with a newfound sense of hope that the future will be bright and free from the shackles of anxiety disorder symptoms.
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 many cases, children who are suffering from an anxiety 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)
- 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.