Day Treatment for Adolescents - Near Boston

Most adolescent mental health issues in Massachusetts and across the nation go untreated. According to government reports, 75-80% of children and youth with mental health conditions do not receive treatment. Some reasons for not seeking treatment include fear of the stigma associated with mental health issues, not knowing where to start, inaccessibility of services, etc. 

According to World Health Organization (WHO), anxiety, depression, and behavioral disorders are adolescents’ leading causes of disability and illness. Sadly, untreated mental health issues extend to adulthood, impair their physical and psychological health, and limit them from leading fulfilling lives. 

Massachusetts Center for Adolescent Wellness offers a partial hospitalization program, also known as day treatment, for teens between the ages of 13-17. We specialize in treating teens with emotional and behavioral issues in a compassionate and inclusive environment. Our mental health specialists are ready to walk the treatment journey with families and nurture teenagers back to health.

Day Treatment for Adolescent Mental Health
Mental Disorders Treated at the Center

Therapists at Massachusetts Center for Adolescent Wellness understand how crucial the teenage years are in shaping an individual’s future. Mental health disorders can be disruptive to this formative process, and if left untreated, they can significantly alter their life course. We are committed to supporting adolescents and their loved ones. At MCAW, we treat various mental health conditions and help teens and their families recover.

Here are some of the conditions we treat as a part of our day programs at MCAW:

If your teen is having any of these conditions, contact the center and let us create an appropriate treatment program. Our treatment team has trusted experience using evidence-based techniques to help adolescents learn to manage their mental and emotional health.

Day Treatment for Adolescent Mental Health

Who Needs Day Treatment

Day treatment does not require the adolescent to live at the facility. Instead, it involves attending groups and individual sessions at the center and returning home. It may be unsuitable for some patients, especially those requiring a higher level of care. 

An adolescent who is struggling may be fit for day treatment if they:

Have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, and the physician has recommended therapy

Have mild to moderate symptoms and do not pose a danger to themselves or others 

Do not require 24-hour supervision

Can tolerate group therapy

Other less intensive sessions have proved unsuccessful

Have a solid support system

If the adolescent has received treatment but still struggles with daily life, day treatment may be helpful. There are sessions purposely meant to help them develop their interpersonal and social skills to overcome the challenge.

Day Treatment for Adolescent Mental Health

What to Expect

Day treatment mainly involves several therapies designed to help the teen develop skills to manage the issues they struggle with. These include group therapy, individual therapy, psycho-educational sessions, and individual counseling. 

Individual Therapy

A therapist talks one-on-one with the teen to perform a thorough assessment, which helps determine the teen’s specific needs.

Family Therapy

Therapists work with the teen’s family members as their involvement in the treatment plays a crucial role. During the session, therapists help loved ones work through their experiences and emotions. Therapists will teach the family about ways to support each other.

Psycho-Educational Therapy

A therapist trains the teen on how the brain works to help them change their thought processes.

Group Therapy

Leverages the power of group dynamics to enhance the teen’s understanding of mental health. This time supports adolescents as they learn the skills to build healthy relationships.

Group Therapy Overview

The group therapy program is designed to support adolescents and their families. Mental health issues often cause strain in family relationships; hence family members need to be involved in the treatment. The group program runs for 6 hours per day, Monday through Friday. 

Some of the areas covered in the program include:

  • Anger management – The session empowers the teen with anger management skills by understanding what triggers anger. While also developing coping skills to help stop outbursts.
  • Anxiety & stress – Involves the teen learning how to manage worrying and developing coping skills, including identifying stress and anxiety triggers.   
  • Community – In a community session, the group discusses issues depicted in the media. Participants have the chance to express their thoughts and feelings on these issues in a safe place. The aim is to help them improve their interpersonal skills and challenge their views. Individual therapy sessions are held intermittently with a therapist during the community session.
  • Crisis planning – This equips the patient with tips on preparing for any crisis. 
  • Distress tolerance – Mental health disorders increase a person’s vulnerability, especially during distressing situations. These sessions empower the teen with skills to deal with issues out of control.
  • Expressive therapy – Involves engaging in activities like art, yoga, music, games, or outdoor adventure. This helps them focus on the body-mind connection.
  • Fusion – Teens with mental health conditions may struggle to manage co-occurring issues. The session helps them manage such situations successfully without having a breakdown or resorting to substance use. 
  • Mindfulness – Involves practicing mindfulness to help reduce depression, stress, and anxiety and consequently boost their motivation, emotional intelligence, and social skills. Techniques include mindful meditation, open sharing, writing, and individual work.
  • Self-esteem – The teen learns to focus on personal character traits and activities that boost their self-worth and positive feelings.
  • Social skills – The session is designed to help the teen develop skills to make and maintain friendships and other relationships. They learn how to have thought independence while interacting with other people, conflict resolution, learn body language, etc. 

As much as the teens attend group sessions, mental health treatment is not a one-size-fits-all program. Each patient gets a custom treatment plan, which clinicians administer with the help of the entire clinical team and feedback from the teen’s family.

Day Treatment for Adolescent Mental Health

Teen Day Treatment for Mental Health - Near Boston, Massachusetts

Adolescence marks a critical growth stage as the teen transitions from childhood to adulthood. At this stage, they also set their goals and lay a foundation for their adult life. Unfortunately, mental health issues can impede their progress and extend into adulthood, impairing their health and interfering with their career success. If you’re unsure which type of care your teen needs, learn more about the different levels of care for adolescents here.

At MCAW, our program offers teens the skills needed to build a healthy foundation. We understand emotional and behavioral challenges’ impact on the entire family. We have developed a comprehensive day program to support teens and their families as they find their path to better mental health. If your teen struggles with mental health, enroll them today with Massachusetts Center for Adolescent Wellness.