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.
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 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 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.
A therapist talks one-on-one with the teen to perform a thorough assessment, which helps determine the teen’s specific needs.
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.
A therapist trains the teen on how the brain works to help them change their thought processes.
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.
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:
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.
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.