At MCAW, we offer a range of treatment programming options for adolescents. Not every patient has the same needs regarding mental and behavioral health treatment. Our team of professionals will work with patients and family members to develop a treatment plan and programming schedule that best suits their needs.
Not all levels of care are the same, and certain conditions may need higher levels of care. Our professionals are trained to identify and recommend the treatment programming option that will be most effective for your adolescent. Learn more about the different levels of care for adolescents.
Day treatment programming typically lasts for several weeks. Patients will be expected to attend programming for approximately 6 hours a day, five to six days a week. At MCAW, we plan day programming so patients will be fully immersed in treatment during the day. Our day program schedule includes individual therapy and group therapy.
In addition, we include family counseling and educational groups to help address some of our patient’s concerns. This programming option requires the most time commitment and is an intensive schedule for treatment. Day treatment is the highest level of care we offer at MCAW.
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Our After-School Outpatient Program, also called Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), is a step down from our day treatment program. At this level of care, our adolescent patients will be required to attend treatment a few times a week for a couple of hours. This programming option requires 3 hours, 3 days per week. However, patients will be expected to actively participate in group therapy, individual therapy, family counseling, education groups, and treatment programming.
During this treatment program, adolescents are becoming more comfortable with living life in recovery. Patients will still have the support they need. However, they will have more responsibility and flexibility to carry out the responsibilities of their recovery on their own. Once patients complete IOP, they can move on to individual and group outpatient programming.
The final level of care we offer at MCAW is outpatient programming. We offer individual and group therapy in an outpatient setting. During this type of treatment, adolescents will be scheduled to attend an individual or group therapy session weekly. These sessions will be held similarly to the group and individual therapy sessions held during our other levels of programming.
Individual and group outpatient programs are meant to continue the patient’s recovery journey. Staff will use this time to check the patient’s overall progress. We will continue to support the adolescent with managing mental and behavioral health concerns. This level of care offers patients the most flexibility as they can still attend school, work, or other activities during the week.
Virtual programming is offered at Massachusetts Center for Adolescent Wellness for day treatment, Intensive Outpatient Program, and Outpatient programming. Depending on the level of care needed, adolescents will spend several hours per day to several hours per week in individual therapy and therapy groups online.
Virtual programming provides the ability and flexibility to participate in treatment from anywhere with internet access. Programming is done through a HIPAA-compliant platform that offers privacy and direct communication with the treatment team.