Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program
Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta provides residential treatment for children and adolescents ages 8 to 17 to heal mentally and emotionally. Our residential treatment program is dedicated to nurturing residents in a manner that creates positive change and personal growth. We strive to provide these young patients the tools they need to overcome behavioral and emotional obstacles.
Through individual, group and family therapy and medication management, this highly structured program encourages residents to reach their highest potential through positive reinforcement. We use a holistic treatment approach that individualizes care to address the specific needs of each patient. Our educational department provides on-site school support.
An initial multidisciplinary assessment is completed within 24 hours of admission. Treatment may include cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and trauma-focused care.
Issues Addressed in Residential Program
- Moods disorders, including depression and bipolar symptoms
- Self-injurious, disruptive and aggressive behaviors
- Psychotic symptoms
- Difficulties with impulse control and emotional regulation
- Sexually reactive behaviors
- Trauma symptoms
Key Features of Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program
A comprehensive assessment is completed by a therapist and psychiatrist upon admission to identify concerns and problems and individualize treatment goals for the patient. Along with the assessments, a complete history and physical evaluation helps us understand the past and current needs of the child.
- Medication management:
Often during a residential admission, medication stabilization is an important step toward assisting the continued care of the patient.
- Person-centered care:
Each patient has a treatment plan and goals that are tailored to their unique identified and agreed upon with the treatment team, patient, and parent or guardian.
- Psychiatrist visits:
Patients meet with their doctor on a regular basis to discuss their treatment goals, medication management and overall wellbeing.
- Individual therapy:
Patients meet with their therapist weekly.
- Family therapy:
One of the most important components of residential treatment is the involvement of family and loved ones. Family involvement increases the likelihood of positive outcomes for patients.
- Group therapy:
Therapeutic groups are an important part of the treatment program in which individuals gain better insight into their individual issues and have the opportunity to learn new, appropriate coping skills.
- Structured days:
Structure is a key component of our program. Groups help build problem-solving skills through multiple therapeutic avenues such as recreational and activity therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy exercises, educational groups and coping-skill development.
- Discharge and aftercare planning: Medication management education, community resource information and appropriate discharge referrals are provided prior to and at discharge. These are key tools that assist individuals as they continue on the path of healing mentally and emotionally after leaving our program.
- Evidence-based cognitive behavioral programs
- Individualized workbooks
- Individualized treatment plans and goals
- Recreational and activity therapy
- Arts and crafts
- Psychological evaluations
- Accredited school program
- GED preparation for qualified students
- Self-care, life and social skills training
- Family therapy
- Individual and group treatment modalities
- Community service activities
- Vocational program and skill enhancement