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Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Northbrook Teen Intensive Outpatient CareCompass Health Center’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provides short-term stabilization for children between the ages of 9 and 12 with emotional disturbances such as anxiety, mood disorders, and depression. Symptoms that the child may exhibit include sleeping all day, refusing to attend school, and refusing to eat.

The purpose of PHP is to provide a safe, supportive, alternative environment for children who are having difficulty managing daily life stressors. Individual treatment plans that address psychiatric symptoms and behavior are designed by our multi-disciplinary team for your child’s specific needs.

The hours of PHP are from 8:45AM to 2:30PM, Monday to Friday, which allows your child to maintain a normal, school schedule. The psychiatric care programs for children are designed to teach new coping strategies in a group setting with other children, which helps establish social interaction with other youths at our center. Our emphasis is on science-based therapies that minimize the need for hospitalization.

Through a combination of group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, and expressive art therapy, your child will be empowered with new skills, such as distress tolerance, emotional regulation, mindfulness skills, social interaction, and effective communication. Our goal is to help patients transition from an intensive level of care and restore them to a level of functioning that allows them to return to their schools and ordinary activities.

A day in the Children’s PHP can consist of treatments such as the following:

  • Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Supervised Study

Therapies that are used to help children develop more effective coping skills include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and family therapy. Family involvement from the beginning of treatment is a required component of the program and integral to the child’s treatment success.

The Children’s PHP also incorporates one and a half hours of supervised study each day under the supervision and guidance of an education specialist and teacher’s assistants. Our education team includes full-time teachers, teacher’s assistants, and multiple tutors. Throughout their treatment at Compass, patients will have a dedicated team comprised of a psychiatrist, primary therapist, teacher, and family therapist. Our team will coordinate with outside providers to make sure that continuity of treatment is maintained. With a properly executed release of information, our education specialists will work closely with your child’s school to ensure that academic needs are met and to design a discharge re-entry plan.

Patients in the Children’s PHP may be transitioned to the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) as their symptoms resolve and coping behaviors improve. The average length of stay in the PHP at Compass Health Center is approximately 2-4 weeks. Due to individualized treatment plans, the length of PHP may vary.

School Refusal Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

The School Refusal PHP provides short-term stabilization for children who have trouble attending school. Many of these children struggle with depression or anxiety that manifests itself in school refusal behavior. The School Refusal PHP allows the child to receive intensive psychiatric care during the normal school hours: Monday to Friday, 8:45AM to 2:30PM.

School refusal behavior may include complaints of being ill with a stomach ache, a sore throat, or a headache upon waking up. These complaints usually resolve once the child is allowed to remain at home, but may resurface the next morning. Children may also avoid school by frequently requesting to visit the nurse’s office, showing up tardy to classes or not showing up at all, and by being absent on test days or for classes or events that may trigger performance anxiety, such as giving presentations or participating in sports or physical education classes. Other symptoms of school-avoidance include temper tantrums, crying spells, and panic attacks before, during, or related to school. To learn more about child psychology and school refusal symptoms and their causes, visit Wikipedia.org.

The use of scientifically proven treatments, intensive family therapy, and close partnership with your child’s school enable Compass’ staff to help facilitate a successful return to school. Individualized treatment plans addressing psychiatric symptoms and therapeutic goals are developed for each patient.

Every patient will participate in individual therapy and in group therapy. Family is required to participate in family therapy, as it greatly facilitates the child’s improvement. Therapies that are used to help children develop more effective coping skills may include

  • Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Art Therapy
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Supervised Study

The School Refusal PHP incorporates one & a half hours of supervised school study each day under the supervision and guidance of an education specialist and a teacher’s aide.

The average length of stay in the School Refusal PHP is approximately 2-4 weeks. Due to individualized treatment plans, the length of School Refusal PHP may vary.

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Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

IOP provides short-term stabilization for patients who are in traditional outpatient treatment and yet are still having difficulty managing their symptoms. The IOP can be used as a bridging treatment between PHP and traditional outpatient treatment or as a step-up of care when traditional outpatient care does not suffice.

IOP hours are similar to those of an after-school program and run for five days a week, Monday to Friday. IOP treatment may include, but is not limited to:

  • Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Art Therapy

The IOP treatment team will design individualized programs for patients with consideration to psychiatric diagnoses, developmental functioning, behavioral needs, family involvement, and community resources. Our treatment plan includes group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, and psychiatric treatment. Your child will be empowered a variety of coping skills.

Therapies that are used to help children develop more effective coping skills include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). This comprehensive treatment approach is designed to help the patient return to a more functional, healthy, and socially integrated life as he or she is empowered with new skills, such as distress tolerance, emotional regulation, mindfulness skills, social interaction, and effective communication.

Compass’ staff will decrease the amount of time a patient spends in the program as their symptoms and level of functioning improve. As your child spends less time at Compass, our clinicians aid in the transition back to the normal activities and to outside providers.

The average length of stay in the IOP is approximately 3-5 weeks. Due to individualized child therapy plans, the length of IOP may vary.

Treatment Tracks

The treatment tracks at our Northbrook and Chicago locations are developed by Compass Health Center’s multidisciplinary team for patients who need to address underlying conditions that contribute to their psychiatric symptoms. Following assessment, if it is clinically indicated, patients may be assigned to one of our tracks.

OCD and Complex Anxiety Disorders Track

Research shows that one of the most effective treatments for obsessive compulsive disorder, or any related anxiety disorder, is exposure therapy. In exposure therapy, patients gradually confront their feared object or situation in a hierarchical, prolonged, and planned manner to gain mastery over their anxiety and fears. Patients attend group therapy sessions and meet with their exposure therapist on a daily basis to create an individualized hierarchy that specifically addresses the patient’s fears. Exposures are then conducted on a daily basis during group sessions, at home, and outside of Compass Health Center.

Resource Track

The Resource Track is aimed to support patients with transitions, strengthen executive functioning skills, connect patients to supports, and empower them to add structure and meaning to their daily lives. Resource therapists work with the patients assigned to the track to develop an individualized resource plan. Plans may include (but are not limited to): school, jobs, volunteer work, positive recreational activities, ongoing supports (groups, AA/NA/OA, outpatient providers), social activities, exercise plans etc. Resource sessions help patients identify barriers to achieving their goals and utilize the skills learned in group to continue moving forward.

Trauma Track

Patients in the Trauma Track meet with a trauma specialist semi-weekly to complete Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CPT applies cognitive-behavioral techniques directly to the traumatic experience in order to work through the residual effects. This individual attention allows the patient to process the experience at a deeper level than would be feasible within the group, while strengthening coping skills regarding their past traumas.

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