Residential Treatment-youth ages 10-19
The troubled teens that come to us do so with a variety of challenges and obstacles. To address pressing and immediate needs for intervention, St. Vincent Home for Children offers our LifeFOCUS program. LifeFOCUS is a short-term, residential treatment program for youth between 10 and 19 years of age who have severe behavioral or emotional challenges that require serious remediation. SVHC provides LifeFOCUS residential services for up to 35 youth at a time.
In 2014, we served 243 youth in LifeFOCUS and are on track to serve more than 350 in 2015. LifeFOCUS is provided at no-cost to the clients served, as are all St. Vincent’s current programs.
In LifeFOCUS, youth receive intensive mental health services to address problem behaviors and resolve issues so that they can successfully return to their homes. Each child and family referred to LifeFOCUS receives a complete initial assessment by a licensed, masters-level clinician, who works with the child and family to identify treatment goals and associated intervention plans. The therapist provides weekly individual therapy for the client, family therapy, and case management services as needed. While a resident, the client participates during the average week in psychotherapy and psychoeducation groups, and a weekly art therapy session by a trained art therapist. The therapy topics include anger management, conflict resolution, violence and suicide prevention. Our residents also participate in recreational activities and field trips. In most cases, the client receives residential services for about 30 days and when he or she returns home, their assigned therapist continues to provide counseling as part of our in-home aftercare services. The goal of aftercare is continuing to work to resolve emotional, behavioral and relationship issues that create barriers to client success at home and at school. Thus, the average length of LifeFOCUS participation is four to six months.
Our goal for treatment is to show a reduction in behavioral and emotional symptoms and enhanced family relationships. In 2014, 67% of youth served reduced their emotional and behavioral symptoms, according to parent feedback, and 62% showed a marked improvement in their capabilities to have meaningful relationships after their counseling treatment.