Specialized Mental Health Services & Treatment
Gender Responsive Treatment
Beginning in 2012, this specialized mental health services program will utilize Gender Responsive and Trauma Informed Treatment based on the CORE® Training/Curriculum Program. Our adolescent girls program is being transformed into a gender-responsive and trauma-based model which is empirically driven, making it a model of best practice for the Delaware Valley. Our new program takes into account that girls have unique psychosocial developmental pathways. The program is strengths-based, culturally competent and focused on empowerment, sensitivity and self-expression. Research shows that unique approaches are required to work with girls who have a history of trauma. Using this new approach enhances girls’engagement in and success with a variety of services, including mental health. Having created two new units designed to exclusively serve adolescent girls, Fairmount is well positioned to become a leader in gender responsive mental health care.
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Psychological Services and Allied Therapy
At Fairmount, children and adolescents receive individual and group therapy everyday. In addition to group psychotherapy, Fairmount offers individual therapy to address and focus on specific kinds of feelings, concerns or sensitive issues. One of our strengths is the diversity of therapists that provide specialized mental health services and treatment. Often, children require adjunctive therapies or other modalities to most effectively communicate and express themselves. Our therapists use a variety of modalities — art, music, movement, cognitive and behavioral approaches, mindfulness techniques, and recreation — to provide optional avenues of expression, help the child learn about himself or herself and start to make desired changes. Children learn how to solve problems, increase self-awareness, express negative feelings in appropriate ways, reduce anxiety, enhance attention and concentration, and improve interpersonal skills.
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Involving families in specialized mental health treatment (which may include the extended family in some circumstances) is critical to the success of the patient’s treatment process. To this goal, our dedicated treatment team will include the following to ensure that families receive the necessary support and education:
- Family Therapy — provided weekly by our social work department to foster communication skills, cohesion, and adaptability between youth and their caretakers
- Parent Education and Support Group (Fairmount F.O.C.U.S.) — This is a psycho- educational multifamily group designed for child/adolescent patients and the families/support systems to build healthier relationships through discussions, activities, and art and movement therapy. It is facilitated by a family therapist, social worker, or other licensed clinician who specializes in child and adolescent psychiatric issues. The goal for the FOCUS group is to provide diagnosis and medication specific knowledge; facilitate effective parent child/teen interaction styles; provide resources, services and support systems in the community; and emphasizes the importance of finding time for self, parents and partners. Parents are encouraged to support one another and to take a more active role in their child’s mental health care. This group provides opportunities to educate parents about their child’s developmental level, appropriate behavioral expectations, and limit setting techniques, and to provide emotional support for the youth’s caretaker(s). Children and adolescents are encouraged to maintain age appropriate responsibility for managing the effects of their disease on thoughts, behaviors and feelings.