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11 Questions To Ask When Looking For A Program

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Questions To Ask Treatment Programs

1. How effective is your treatment for the symptoms we are looking to address?

There are many types of treatment programs designed to treat a number of different diagnoses and behaviors. It is important to ensure that the program you are entrusting your child’s care to is expert in treating their needs. Have a frank discussion about what the program treats and what your needs and expectations are for your child’s stay.

2. Will my child be assessed to ensure that the program understands their clinical needs?

Treatment planning is difficult if a program is unsure what they are treating or are only treating behaviors or symptoms. Often those behaviors and symptoms are being driven by underlying reasons such as anxiety and depression. Ask a program if and how they assess clients.

3. How effective is your program and can you provide me with treatment outcomes for clients you have treated?

When you make an important or large purchase, you probably do quite a bit of research. Asking a group of treatment providers about their ‘product’ can be approached in a similar fashion. Don’t be afraid to ask for treatment outcomes. Programs themselves should be interested in how effective their treatment is and will be enthusiastic about sharing the efficacy of their program.

4. How much individual and family therapy and support are provided?

Often, programs provide the same amount of individual and family therapy that was ineffective at home. Providing one hour of individual therapy and one hour of family therapy replicates the home environment. If a family is seeking intensive residential treatment, the amount of individual and family therapy should reflect that as well.

5. My child is a gifted student, artist, athlete, etc. Will your program be able to help them maintain their academic, artistic, athletic strengths while in treatment?

Residential programs exist to treat an area where an adolescent has a deficit that cannot be addressed in the community. All adolescents also have personal strengths that can become marginalized in residential treatment. It is important to inquire about how adolescent’s strengths can continue to be accentuated and nurtured as strengths while receiving treatment.

6. How will your program support my child’s transition from residential care back to the community?

Great treatment can be measured by how well an adolescent can transition from residential care to living at home with their family. Programs that excel in this transition provide aftercare services that are prominent prior to, during and after that transition. Ask a program about their communication with outpatient therapists, families and community supports prior to discharge and if aftercare services are available following discharge if difficulties arise.

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