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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 summer therapeutic 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.

Summer Therapeutic Program at Aris Clinic

Our team leads a structured, yet nurturing, half day of in-person therapy and medication management. Our summer therapeutic 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 Day Treatment 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 returning to school and greater success in the coming year.

Summer Therapeutic Program Details

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 14, 2021.
  • Patients currently enrolled in the school year program continue seamlessly into the summer program.
  • The program runs Monday – Friday from 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Programming will include indoor and outdoor activities in our natural setting.
  • In September, the program transitions to full day that includes educational services in place of the regular school day.
Summer Therapeutic Program

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: 8:45 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.

We will closely follow safety and hygiene protocols related to COVID-19 outlined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and adjust our approach per their guidance.

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