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Rosecrance teen program addresses complex mood disorders

DBT is a key component of the program.

Rosecrance offers enhanced programming and clinical competencies at our teen residential campus to provide deeper resources for clients with mood disorders, especially those with chronic depression and a history of suicidality.

We recognized the need for more specialization to address the needs of youth who have experienced multiple acute hospitalizations, and for whom outpatient and other treatment have not been successful.

This intensive 45-to-60-day program at the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus features deeper psychiatric involvement, increased emphasis on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in both individual and group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions around self-harming behaviors, and weekly family therapy. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for treatment-resistant depression is also available when medically appropriate.

These services help address the complex behavioral health challenges of adolescent clients seeking help. Rosecrance is seeing more children who are struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harming, and emotional regulation, said Denita Lynde, LCPC, CADC, administrator of residential services at the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus.

“Kids are still dealing with the trauma of the pandemic—the social isolation and then struggling being back in school and managing their emotions in that environment,” Lynde said.

“Whether they’re trying to hurt themselves or use substances to cope, it’s all about emotional regulation and teaching them to stay in the moment so they can help themselves feel better with the skills they have.”

DBT is a key component of the program. Lynde said DBT emphasizes a nonjudgmental approach to treatment focused on validating clients and their experiences, shifting then to education about emotional regulation.

The program includes a skills teaching group three times weekly and daily mood monitoring for clients through logs, diary cards, and mood rating scales. Clients log if they feel anxiety, depression, anger, urges to use substances, etc., and anything additional brought up by those feelings.

“If they experience distress, we work with them on developing coping skills and problem-solving plans,” Lynde said. “We’re teaching them a way to manage and work through their distress without going back to unhealthy habits. That builds them up for success as they move through the continuum of care and continue to address these issues.”

Call us today at 866.928.5278 to learn whether this program may be appropriate for your client or loved one.

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