TEAM

(TEACHING AND EMPOWERING ADOLESCENT MALES)

Severe Risk; Private Secure Unit; Males

TARGET POPULATION: AGES 13-18

[Staff Ratio 1:3]

  • Conduct Disorder 
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Aggressive tendencies
  • Runaway/truancy tendencies
  • History of criminal charges
  • Criminogenic needs
  • History of gang involvement
  • Failed previous placements

The TEAM program is a secure residential treatment program devoted to providing services to youth who are dealing with significant trauma and exhibiting criminal and behavioral issues.  These youth have typically experienced failed previous placements and/or are not safe in the community, staff secure residential facility, or less restrictive environments.  The TEAM Unit offers a highly structured, yet therapeutic environment with increased safety and security measures.  Specially trained treatment staff focus on the importance of respecting authority, building healthy relationships, managing anger, exercising self-control, accepting personal responsibility, making positive choices, learning to effectively resolve conflicts, improving academic performance, and developing enhanced enhancing moral reasoning.

The YOC approaches substance use treatment holistically. We believe substance use treatment should address all aspects of physical, psychological, social, and emotional health. The treatment team creates an individualized plan for each client, utilizing many different treatment methods to address needs. Special care is taken to include family and community members as supports for the child in his or her recovery process with our ultimate goal being each client returning home as soon as safety can be assured. Clients participate in weekly individual therapy sessions and family therapy sessions as often as family members are able. Group therapy is also utilized to allow clients a safe space to practice newly acquired skills, give and receive feedback from peers, and learn how to maintain safety and sobriety.

The therapy process, designed by Master’s level therapists is based on Motivational Interviewing and cognitive-behavioral concepts. Other modalities are also used to address co-occurring mental health issues. Clients often present with an extensive history of trauma and adverse life experiences; therapists trained in EMDR incorporate these techniques into therapy as needed. Clients are encouraged to participate in community-based support groups and off-grounds activities to supplement treatment. At discharge, clients are prepared to maintain a sober lifestyle while transitioning to an outpatient provider to continue treatment.

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