Columbus Behavioral Center for Children and Adolescents offers a residential treatment program to address the needs of adolescents, ages 13 to 18, as well as an outpatient program for ages 12-18, who have had difficulty dealing with mental health issues and maintaining appropriate behavior. The program offers physician-led, multidisciplinary treatment that addresses overall mental and physical well-being. Our programs offer a balance of therapy, education and fun activities in a secure structured setting. Male and female patients are treated on separate units.
Our daily schedule is structured so that residents know what to expect and what is expected of them. They go to school, attend psychoeducational groups, discuss feelings with therapists, and are encouraged to express themselves through art and leisure activities. Our program has a progressive system to allow for weekly feedback of progress in accomplishing goals and rewards associated with each phase. In addition, female and male residents live in separate, licensed units to promote focus on one’s own treatment and keep distractions to a minimum.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a component-based treatment model that incorporates trauma interventions with cognitive behavioral techniques and family principles as well as techniques to promote individual wellbeing, values and dignity. These components are reinforced through education in the areas of relaxation skills, affect regulation and cognitive coping skills. All of our therapists are trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Our staff receives ongoing training in sensitivity toward trauma.
At Columbus Behavioral Center, we provide Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). DBT, developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D at the University of Washington, has been shown to significantly reduce para-suicidal behaviors such as cutting, suicide attempts and in-patient stays.
DBT increases the development of behavioral skills that help residents build relationships, manage emotions, and cope more effectively with various life problems. DBT targets residents’ issues by teaching four primary skill sets:
In each primary area, skills are taught and homework is given to assist youth in learning how to deal with their issues, without resorting to self-defeating behaviors, such as self-mutilation, suicide attempts, substance abuse and sabotaging meaningful relationships. The final and ultimate stage of DBT results in the youth being able to feel freedom and happiness with life.
Columbus Behavioral Center’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy program is a minimum 90 day intensive residential treatment program created for females, ages 14–18 (with special consideration for females ages 12-13) with self-harming behaviors, borderline features, or intense emotional swings, who have not responded positively to prior treatments. Some specific areas of struggle include (but not limited to):
Adolescents with persistent and pervasive emotional dysregulation, who have not been amenable to previous treatment efforts, can often benefit from intense Dialectical Behavior Therapy. DBT treatment was initially developed to treat parasuicidal behaviors associated with Borderline Personality Disorder in adults. It has also resulted in additional mental health benefits for the adolescent population with psychiatric disorders such as mood and anxiety, substance abuse and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The DBT treatment components include individual DBT therapy, group skill-based therapy, individual skills coaching and family therapy. These groups and treatment components will include:
The evaluation includes both short-term and long-term treatment options related to medication, preferred therapy modalities, specifics of family interventions, transitional care planning and formulation of educational recommendations. Parents and guardians are always encouraged to tour the facility before admission.
To conduct the evaluation and implement the treatment, a minimum of 90 days is optimal. During this time, the team works closely with the adolescent and their family/guardian to develop a collaborative aftercare plan.
You are a key component in your child’s life and are therefore crucial to the success of his or her treatment efforts. As part of your signed agreement upon placement, you will be responsible for attending family therapy sessions twice per month and Parent Day one Saturday per month. In addition, residents are given therapeutic trial visits, or TTV’s, each week that allow them to spend time outside of our facility to work on their relationships within the family. Visitation and phone calls are also encouraged.