At San Jose Behavioral Health, we understand the unique ways that adolescents are impacted by behavioral and mental health disorders, and we recognize the need for age-appropriate care that is designed and provided with the needs of young people in mind.
We are proud to offer the San Jose Behavioral Health Adolescent Program, a comprehensive inpatient program that is devoted solely to helping adolescents aged 14 to 17 who have been struggling with a host of behavioral health issues, mental health conditions, and/or mood disorders, including the following:
- Anxiety disorders
- Depressive disorders
- Adjustment disorders
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
- Homicidal ideation
- Suicidal ideation
Individuals who receive care in the San Jose Behavioral Health Adolescent Program will participate in a variety of therapeutic interventions, all of which have been selected for their effectiveness at helping people within this specific age range. To ensure that young people have an optimal treatment experience in the safest and most supportive environment, all care in the adolescent program is provided separately from the services that are offered to adults.
Treatment modalities that are employed in the adolescent program include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP), trauma-focused therapy, and mindfulness practices. Typical length of stay in the San Jose Behavioral Health Adolescent Program is three to 15 days.
As is the case with all care at San Jose Behavioral Health, treatment within the adolescent program is both comprehensive and personalized. Upon admission, all adolescents complete a thorough assessment that identifies the nature and severity of their needs and helps them to establish short and long-term goals. Based upon these assessments, the members of each adolescent’s treatment team develop individualized treatment plans that will meet their needs and empower them to achieve their goals.
Depending upon a young person’s strengths, needs, and objectives, his or her treatment in the San Jose Behavioral Health Adolescent Program may feature the following elements:
Medication management: Certain prescription medications have proved to be effective in the effort to help adolescents experience relief from distressing symptoms of a variety of behavioral and mental health disorders. When an adolescent has been diagnosed with a disorder that can be treated with medications, and when the adolescent’s guardians agree to the inclusion of medication in their son or daughter’s treatment, the young person may receive medication management services throughout his or her time in treatment at San Jose Behavioral Health. These adolescents will participate in regular meetings with a psychiatrist, and may also receive medication management services from psychiatric nurse practitioners and registered nurses.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions within the San Jose Behavioral Health Adolescent program are led by a licensed clinician, either a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). These one-on-one sessions, which are available on an as-needed basis throughout an adolescent’s time in treatment, allow the young person to process issues related to his or her treatment, address topics that he or she may be hesitant to discuss in a group setting, and receive personalized feedback and guidance from an experienced professional.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a fundamental element of treatment in the San Jose Behavioral Health Adolescent program, with five group sessions typically scheduled during each treatment day. Depending upon the type and topic of a group, the session may be led by a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), masters-level clinician, activity therapist, or mental health technician. Adolescents may participate in both activity and process groups during their time in treatment. While the specific content of any group will depend upon the contributions of group participants, general topics that are addressed during group therapy sessions in the adolescent program can include: healthy coping skills, emotional regulation skills, distress tolerance skills, goal setting, mindfulness skills, and safety planning.
Family therapy: At San Jose Behavioral Health, we want to ensure that the parents of adolescents who are healing with us receive the support that will enable them to understand their son or daughter’s challenges and prepare them to provide optimal support during and after their son or daughter’s time in our care. Family therapy sessions provide a safe and supportive environment in which parents can address the impact that their son or daughter’s struggles have had on them, and through which families can heal internal rifts and learn to function as a healthier unit. Family therapy sessions, which are available on an as-needed basis throughout a young person’s time in the adolescent program, may be led by led by a either a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) or a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT).
Discharge planning: Planning for an adolescent’s discharge is a thorough process that begins the day the young person enters San Jose Behavioral Health. When an individual has completed his or her time in the adolescent program, he or she will have a document that identifies the professional referrals, community-based services, and other resources that will put him or her in the best position to maintain and improve upon the progress that he or she made while in our care.
In the San Jose Behavioral Health Adolescent Program, we are dedicated to providing the focused, personalized care that will best prepare young people to overcome the mental and behavioral obstacles that have been preventing them from achieving to their greatest potential.
To learn more about San Jose Behavioral Health’s ability to provide world-class care to adolescents, or for answers to any specific questions that you may have about any aspect of our programming, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you to make the most informed decision for your child and your family.