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Summer Program

We Turn Summer Break Into a Summer Boost

At Aris Clinic, we believe summer is a great time for kids and teens to retool. That’s especially true for those who struggle with emotional and behavioral health issues. Our therapeutic summer program provides an alternative to traditional summer camps and teaches strategies for personal growth and success. We offer a multi-week therapy program weekday mornings, June through August, for youth ages 5 to 18.

Therapeutic Summer Program at Aris Clinic

Our team leads a structured, yet nurturing, half day of therapy and medication management. Our therapeutic summer program is led by a multi-disciplinary treatment team. The program follows an eight-week broad topic rotation that is customized to patient age groups. For example, younger patients may work on topics such as anger, attention, impulsivity, listening and getting along with others. Similarly, older patients may work on depression, anxiety, self concept, communication and mood swings.

The intensive therapeutic programming is the same level of care as our full-day IOP during the school year, but without the education component. The summer IOP lasts for 6 – 8 weeks on average and is tailored to patient needs.

Summer Tune Up

As summer progresses and we near the beginning of the next school year, groups will begin to prepare kids for the significant stressors patients often experience in school. For example, addressing scheduling, time management, school appropriate behavior and more. Our school readiness focus helps prepare your child or teen for greater success in the coming year.

Outdoor Summer IOP Details

Aris Clinic is excited to return to in-person Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) services for kids ages 5–18 this summer. We have thoughtfully designed a safe, nature-based therapeutic program that prevents the spread of COVID-19, while still providing a supportive environment for mental health healing. In unprecedented times like these, empowering hope and healing in our community is more imperative than ever.

  • Start date is Monday, June 8, 2020.
  • The program runs Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Programming will be outdoors in our natural setting.
  • In case of bad weather, activities will move indoors.
Summer Therapeutic Program

Extra Safety Measures 

  • We will closely follow safety and hygiene protocols outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and adjust our approach per their guidance.
  • Health screening upon arrival for patients and staff.
  • Masks should be worn indoors by anyone age 13 or older.
  • Small group sizes and social distancing will be maintained.
  • Increased cleaning and hygiene protocols.

Typical Summer Schedule

Our team works closely with patients and families to identify and address problem areas. We group patients by age and therapeutic needs to learn new strategies for personal growth.

  • Program Hours: 8:30 a.m. check in; 12:00 p.m. departure.
  • Intensive Therapeutic Programming: 3 hours of group therapy that includes activities and learning social, psycho-educational, mindfulness and coping skills.
  • Psychiatry Sessions: 3–5 times per week, based on patients’ needs.
  • Family Therapy: A weekly family session to discuss strategies and convey progress.

1 in 5 children ages 13-18 in the U.S. need mental health services; only 20% are likely to receive professional help

Source: National Institute of Mental Health