At Aris Clinic we believe it is absolutely essential for patients to have the opportunity to practice the skills that they are learning from the professionals within the program. These groups provide kids the opportunity to utilize their coping skills/social skills and problem management techniques in real situations with their peers, teachers and caregivers. The vast majority of behavioral modification and intervention is conducted and executed in these groups. These are often group activities that force the patients to interact and work with each other and others while being closely monitored and redirected for inappropriate behaviors. These groups are designed to alleviate social anxiety, anger and depression through activity and participation while strengthening social skills through redirection and exposure.
All patients at Aris Clinic adhere to a point system where privileges within the program and in the home are determined by performance within the groups, school as well as at home. Patients are given points for giving positive feedback, using appropriate language, listening and group participation, staying on task and on topic, and being respectful of peers/staff. Patients are also given points for completing school work, staying on task in school, using appropriate language and using pro-social behaviors.
Privilege levels earned comprise a combination of school, group and home performance. Totals are averaged between the three to calculate the level for the following day. We encourage each child to work on self-responsibility and they are solely responsible for earning the points both here and at home.
At Aris Clinic we strongly believe in rewarding for success, however, we also strongly believe in setting firm boundaries with both patients and their families, and patients receive timeouts for inappropriate, problematic or aggressive behaviors. These groups are essential for both the therapeutic and medical components of the treatment program, as they provide a real-time snapshot of each patient’s individual behaviors within the group, allowing for accurate assessment of progress in treatment, as well as medication adjustments as needed. For example, if we establish that the patient begins to de-compensate at a specific time or during a specific activity with their peers we can adjust our therapeutic approach, their treatment plan and/or medication regimen to address the specific needs of the patient.
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