Therapeutic Day School

Education and academic achievement are important aspects of young people’s lives. However, some children and adolescents have difficulty succeeding in less restrictive school settings. Additionally, some young people struggle with psychological, behavioral, emotional, or cognitive concerns that hinder learning when not receiving education in a more therapeutic and supportive environment. Because of this need, Millcreek Behavioral Health has created therapeutic day school programming that allows these types of children and adolescents to succeed and learn in a manner that takes into account the unique challenges that these young people face.

Male and female children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 21 can access this programming and receive academic instruction from Highly Qualified Licensed Teachers. The size of our classrooms are small so that every young person can receive adequate attention in order to maximize learning. Additionally, student aids are available and can assist students if it is deemed necessary for a child or adolescent’s success. Lastly, breakfast, lunch, and two snacks are provided for young people in school-based day treatment.

Furthermore, children and adolescents in this program engage in a number of therapeutic interventions that are designed to cease maladaptive behaviors and treat psychological concerns that prevent healthy functioning and effective learning. The therapeutic interventions featured within this program include:

  • Individual therapy that occurs two times per month minimum
  • Family therapy that is conducted two times per month minimum
  • Group therapy is held once per week, which includes topics such as independent living skills, social skills, homework skills, addressing issues at home, stress management, and behavior management
  • Therapeutic recreational activities
  • Music therapy (at Magee location only)
  • Art projects
  • Medication management by psychiatrists who handle entire oversight of medication needs, including prescribing, ordering, and refilling any needed prescriptions; meetings with psychiatrists occur once per month

These therapeutic interventions are in place should a child engage in this program after completing a more intensive type of treatment and to ensure that each young person will successfully transition back into his or her home public school setting with positive adjustment. Furthermore, each youth’s success with these interventions and performance in school are monitored and evaluated based on the Phase System that we employ in the school-based day treatment program. This system includes the following stages, which are reinforced with rewards for positive progress while a youth is in our care:

  • Exploration
  • Knowledge
  • Motivation
  • Achievement

The use of this system ultimately helps young people understand the benefits of good behavior and positive change, two components that ultimately produce successful treatment completion.

Lastly, school-based day treatment at Millcreek Behavioral Health is held in three locations within the state of Mississippi, with programming offered in Meadville, Clinton, and Magee. So as to prevent distance or transportation issues from being deterrents for partaking in this program, we can provide transportation to and from treatment each day. Transportation services are a unique benefit of this program, as we are the only mental healthcare provider in Mississippi who provides transportation for youth who are engaged in this type of programming.

If your child or adolescent could benefit from the services offered in our school-based day treatment, do not hesitate to contact us for more information. At Millcreek Behavioral Health, we are here to help your child succeed.

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