Outpatient Behavioral Program for Children & Teens

Witnessing signs of depression, anxiety and/or other mood disorders in your teen is difficult for any family. These behaviors can be attributed to teenagers being teenagers, but in some cases there may be other underlying factors.

SSM Health offers a four to five week, evening outpatient program for both families and teens, ages 11 to 17 who are experiencing these behavioral characteristics lasting longer than expected. The team at SSM Health designed this program with a holistic approach in mind. The program works to help both the youth and their family to prevent hospitalization and ensure a smooth transition back into everyday life.

Our no-cost, comprehensive evaluation provides physicians and families with the information they need to determine next steps, including if program participation is a good fit.

Children who may benefit from this program have:

  • Been bullied at school and are depressed
  • Tried to harm themselves
  • Attempted suicide or had suicidal ideations
  • Behavioral problems such as significant decline in grades or skipping school, that have developed from experiences with bullying

*This program is not appropriate for kids who have behaviors consistent with a conduct disorder, such as stealing, vandalizing, etc.

Program Requirements

  • Participants must attend the program a minimum of three days per week
  • Must be able to participate during program hours (4 - 7 pm, dinner included)
  • Parents/guardians must attend program a minimum of one day per week**
  • Children should be motivated to attend program
  • Children cannot require 24-hour care and should be able to function safely during non-program hours

**This program is not appropriate for children whose parents/guardians are not involved and engaged.

Youth Outpatient Program Components

  • Adolescent Coping with Depression course and complementary parent course, includes workbooks for each
  • 1:1 consultations with a board-certified psychiatrist (as needed)
  • Joint parent/adolescent group therapy
  • Parent group therapy
  • Crises intervention
  • Follow up counseling available on site

If you have additional concerns about your teen, contact SSM Health today to discuss the issue further and see if next steps are necessary.

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