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For Children

Residential Treatment Center for Children

We understand it’s difficult to see your child in the hospital. At Willow Springs, we are devoted to providing leading-edge programs and resources for your child so they may return home as quickly as possible.

This program is designed to help children ages 5 – 12 make a successful transition from childhood to early adolescence. We strive to instill in each child, a sense of trust, self-respect and self-confidence. Our pediatric team recognizes the unique needs of each child and the strengths of each family. Children who meet the admission criteria for this program need a structured and supportive environment to work through psychological, social and familial adjustment problems.

The program takes a developmental approach to assessing and providing residential treatment for children suffering from psychiatric problems. A comprehensive assessment is completed to determine your child’s developmental needs. Based on these assessments, we will develop an individualized treatment plan.

We encourage you to stay involved throughout your child’s treatment. Family therapy is used to help children and family members develop the capacity to communicate and function effectively. Parents who play an active role in their child’s treatment team increase the chance of a successful and sustained outcome.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an active intervention, where patients are taught through homework and limited individual/group sessions how to identify environmental triggers or events which lead up to their drug or alcohol use. Through this identification of thoughts, feelings and behaviors, they learn new coping skills to assist in sustaining sobriety.

The therapists at our center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are problem-focused and goal-directed in addressing the challenging symptoms of mental health illnesses. By exploring patterns of self-destructive behaviors, patients learn to combat negative thinking, view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more positive way.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be an effective tool in treating anxiety or depression. It can also help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations such as coping with a parent’s extended military deployment.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

Dealing with your child’s emotional and destructive behavior is stressful. It’s time to breathe. Our clinical staff is here to bring hope back into your life and family.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a particular type of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. to help better treat individuals with multiple and severe personality traits.

DBT therapy is most appropriate for suicidal teens who exhibit severe, chronic forms of emotion dysregulation with multiple coexisting problems, as well as for youth struggling with emotion dysregulation, chaotic relationships, impulsivity, para-suicidal behaviors and identity disturbance.

Residents are housed in a highly secured, 40-bed DBT center. Here they will receive intensive, highly structured individual, group and family therapy to learn the necessary skills to regulate emotions, avoid self-destructive behaviors, improve interpersonal relationships and create a sense of self-worth. We also take a holistic approach to treatment including exercise, art therapy, and nutritional counseling.

Our intimate residential setting provides an opportunity for the residents to practice the dialectical behavior therapy skills they have learned throughout the day.

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