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 30-day temporary shelter program providing intensive mental health services plus aftercare for youth ages 10 to 19 with a goal of reducing their behavioral and emotional symptoms, and enhancing decision-making skills and relationships. LifeFOCUS helps youth and families resolve issues so that the youth can return home and be successful. For youth in challenging home situations, an extended stay may be provided. Clients receive a complete initial assessment by a licensed, masters-level clinician, who works with them to identify treatment goals and intervention plans. While in the program, the client participates in psychotherapy and psychoeducation groups, and art therapy. Participants receive non-therapeutic counseling from staff, including mentoring and solution-focused interventions for problematic behaviors in shelter units.

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 highly skilled licensed program staff provide therapeutic support including TELEHEALTH counseling. Telehealth counseling does NOT require Internet access, just a phone.

For further information or to enroll call 314-261-6011.

St. Vincent Home for Children
7401 Florissant Road
St. Louis, MO 63121
Phone: 314-261-6011
Fax: 314-385-1467
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