Children's Day Treatment STAR Program
Each patient sets an achievable daily goal and a home-based goal that is related to problematic behavior. Goals are reviewed with their parents or caregivers daily, who provide daily feedback.
Patients are encouraged to express feelings and issues in a private, safe setting to identify problems and to uncover the sources and consequences of them. We then work with the child to develop strategies to improve coping and social skills.
The staff works with the caregiver on behavioral interventions and alternatives to managing problematic behavior and methods for increasing or reinforcing more desirable behavior.
This therapy assists patients and their parents or caregivers in recognizing and building on strengths and in identifying alternative ways to manage any problematic behavior — while being supported, guided, and supervised by the family therapist.
Multi-family groups provide the opportunity for parents and caregivers to give/receive feedback to/from other caregivers coping with similar situations. The focus is on developmental issues, behavior management strategies, and community resources.
The process groups help identify behavior patterns and discover productive ways to respond to different situations and feelings, which will facilitate problem identification, processing, and resolution. Topics include: child safety family relationships, school issues, drugs,male/female relationships, anger and stress management, self-esteem, social and daily living skills, constructive physical activities, problem-solving strategies, communication techniques, and positive coping skills.
Learning Assessment and Intervention
STAR is not a school, but we do provide one hour of homebound instruction. Patients are expected to bring books and assignments from their school. STAR CDT teachers will be in contact with each patient’s school to determine specific educational and emotional needs.
Rehabilitative Psychosocial Skills (RPS) Group
RPS groups build skills in managing social interactions at home, school and in the community. Topics include: problem solving, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills, and communication skills. Therapeutic activities include gross motor activities, cinema therapy, therapeutic board games, and creative art projects to teach and strengthen daily living skills, developing body coordination, physical health, and self-esteem.
If the patient is taking medication, a psychiatrist or R.N. will educate the family on the purpose, dosage, administration, contraindications, side effects, food/drug interactions, and written information on each prescribed medication.