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Treatments for Children

Columbus Behavioral Center for Children and Adolescents offers a residential treatment program to address the needs of children, ages 8 to 12, 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. Residential programs offer a balance of therapy, education and fun activities in a secure, structured setting.

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.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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.

Benefits of Residential Mental Health Treatment:

  • The individual resides at the facility in order to provide quick and consistent intervention with behaviors and emotions
  • Accredited on-site school that is part of the Bartholomew County school corporation
  • Weekly visits with psychiatrist
  • 24-hour licensed staff supervision includes Registered Nurses
  • Multidisciplinary team, including board-certified psychiatrists, therapists, nurses, teachers, and others to address the needs of each child
  • Weekly therapy to address the child’s key needs and unresolved issues
  • Tangible reward system allows the child to see individual progress each week
  • Interactive milieu allows residents to learn positive skills from each other and staff, and to mentor their peers

Family Requirements

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.