Clinical Support for Students and Families
Individual, Group and Family Therapy
Formal therapy sessions are, of course, an integral part of life at the O-School. As a key component of every child’s treatment plan, individual, group and family therapy sessions are provided on an ongoing and consistent basis. The approach taken is based on the needs and strengths of the student and the student’s family. No one approach is used across all situations.
All students participate in individual therapy provided by licensed clinical professionals or post-doctoral fellows, interns or externs (supervised by licensed clinicians). Formal diagnoses are made by the child’s primary mental health provider.
O-School professionals determine the best therapeutic approach based upon a student’s target issues and presentation. Major modes of individual therapy currently provided:
Psychodynamic therapy – seeks to resolve internal emotional conflicts to improve emotional and behavioral self-regulation.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy – focuses on correcting thought processes that are inaccurate, negativistic and self-defeating.
Relational therapy – uses the relationship between therapist and child to create opportunities to teach skills and delve into traumatic areas.
- Family therapy for Residential and Therapeutic Day Program families is typically an hour, twice a month
- For long-distance families, the School makes all accommodations possible to ensure that family therapy occurs on a regular and reasonable schedule, including the use of visual technology
Approaches vary according to the students’ needs, and include Psychotherapy, Transitional Life Skills, Play and Social Skills Groups.