When a child or adolescent battles a psychiatric condition that prevents successful treatment completion or recovery, they may require a more intensive form of treatment. In order to fulfill this treatment need for youth with severe symptoms of mental health conditions, Millcreek of Magee has designed programs that incorporates comprehensive and effective treatments for a number of mental illnesses.
Millcreek of Magee, a behavioral disorders treatment facility in Mississippi, our psychiatric residential treatment facility, also known as PRTF, is the only program for care of its kind that offers treatment to young individuals under the age of 18. With locations in Mississippi, Clinton and Meadville, the PRTF program provides care for children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 21 who have psychiatric needs that cannot be met in less restrictive treatment settings at a facility. The around-the-clock care and supervision to provided in this treatment program helps children and adolescents understand how thought processes and behavior impacts their lives, realize new methods for managing symptoms and problematic behaviors, and achieve true healing and success during the therapeutic program at a treatment facility.
Specially trained mental health professionals at a treatment facility administer treatment in this program and experienced psychiatrists are on hand to prescribe and monitor medication if it is deemed necessary for a youth’s individual treatment program. Cognitive behavioral therapy is the primary modality utilized within this program, along with research-based journaling and the Phase System, which rewards children and adolescents while they are in our facility’s treatment program. Positive reinforcement is a cornerstone to this program and includes four phases:
Additionally, there are several therapeutic interventions that are woven throughout the PRTF program. Implemented to address the symptoms of many psychiatric conditions, the following methods for care are provided at our treatment facility:
- Individual therapy is offered once per week, minimum
- Family therapy is conducted two times per month
- Group therapies are provided at a minimum of three times per week and cover topics such as anger management, the development and utilization of coping skills, relationship skills, trauma-related issues, and independent living skills
- Recreation therapy is held daily
Experiential therapy programs, of which have proven effectiveness in helping youth overcome symptoms of mental illnesses, can be accessed by children and adolescents in this program and include the following:
- Music therapy
- Art therapy
- Fitness club
- Walking club
- Book club
Lastly, those who are engaged in this program attend an onsite school from 9am until 3pm, Monday through Friday, and are taught by Highly Qualified Licensed Teachers at our treatment facility. Classroom sizes are small so that each child or adolescent can receive more individualized treatment within an academic setting. Doing this enables each youth to have their education and learning needs met in an effective and efficient manner. At least one therapeutic aide assists the teachers in each classroom, and additional aides can be provided if it meets the needs of the child or adolescent.
If you have a child or adolescent who requires more intensive treatment, but has not been successful in other treatment programs, the PRTF program at Millcreek of Magee, located in Mississippi, is where your child can find therapeutic success, relief from severe mental health conditions, and hope for a bright future.