Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Therapy
Community Reach Center offers the Intensive Adolescent Outpatient Program for adolescents with high-risk behaviors like suicidal thinking/self-harm, substance use, truancy, fighting/assaults, conflict at home and involvement with courts. This form of therapy, called Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), has been clinically tested for its effectiveness with both adolescents and adults.
Is this program right for your adolescent?
This program is designed for both male and female adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 who:
What is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?
DBT is a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach that emphasizes the development of five skill sets:
What is the time commitment for this program?
This 16-week program involves both adolescent and parent/guardian participation for best results. All sessions are scheduled in the late afternoon/early evening hours.
Teens: Adolescents attend a two-hour skills group once a week and individual therapy once a week.
Parents/Guardians: Parents participate in the initial evaluation and receive a program orientation. Because adolescents consistently make more effective use of treatment if their parents learn the same skills as they are learning, parents, guardians and family members are encouraged to attend skills training groups offered once a month. Family meetings and telephone conferencing further support families in practicing new skill sets and staff is available for further coaching.
For additional skills reinforcement, adolescents are welcome to participate in a weekly “graduate group” after graduation from the program.
Enrollment and Additional Information:
New participants are accepted every four weeks.
The program accepts Medicaid, private insurance and self-pay.
For further information, including enrollment procedures, and the dates, times and locations for the current programs, please contact Rob Peterson, MA, LPC, NCC, CACIII, at 303-853-3777 or R.Peterson@CommunityReachCenter.org.
Read what participating teens and family members have said about Community Reach Center’s Intensive Adolescent Program.
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Suicide Prevention Strategies for Foster Parents
Every year in the United States, more than 4,000 youth and young adults die by suicide. Approximately 130,000 others are treated in emergency rooms for injuries from self harm (CDC, 2010). Although suicide can strike any family, youth in foster care are at higher risk for attempting or seriously considering suicide (Pilowsky and Wu, 2006). Fortunately, there are steps foster parents can take to identify at-risk youth and get help. Many young people who are thinking of killing themselves exhibit warning signs—behaviors and statements that indicate a high level of risk. Knowing the warning signs and risk factors can help foster parents intervene and get the youth connected to help.