Treatment and Counseling for Children and Teens
Serving patients ages 5 to 18, the Adolescent Program at the Carolina Center for Behavioral Health provides treatment and counseling for children and teens who have psychiatric, behavioral and/or dual diagnosis issues. A child or adolescent’s emotional problems can surface at home, at school and among peers. Family, friends and teachers who observe any of the following warning signs should seek professional help for the child or teen:
- Statements or behaviors that pose a danger to oneself or others
- Disruptive at home and elsewhere
- Depressed mood
- Severe anxiety
- Falling grades
- School conflict
- Hallucinations (visual and/or auditory)
If these signs are present, an assessment should be conducted to indicate what treatment is necessary.
The inpatient program provides 24-hour supervision and care with a focus on stabilization of immediate concerns as well as support for ongoing treatment needs. A multidisciplinary treatment team focuses on the crisis that precipitated the admission while strengthening the family system as support for ongoing treatment. We provide highly structured individual, group and family therapy sessions. We also provide dedicated school hours with a certified teacher who works with the school system to keep the child or teen up-to-date with school work. Music therapy, pet therapy and recreation therapy are also an integral part of the program. Discharge planning services ensure a smooth transition to follow-up with outside care providers.
Partial Hospitalization Program
The Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program meets Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program consists of group therapy, educational sessions and activity therapy sessions. Other program components include weekly sessions with a psychiatrist, individual family sessions as needed and an hour of school time with a certified teacher each day.