The Riverside Life Skills Center is a supportive, therapeutic program for adolescents, ages 12-18 years, that are experiencing significant emotional difficulties or a psychiatric diagnosis and who are having disruptions in their home, school, or community. Through a highly structured clinical environment involving therapeutic groups and activities, teens are able to identify and understand their behavior patterns. They learn more effective ways of coping, gain insight into their mental health issues, improve their self-esteem, and increase social skills to integrate more effectively into their school and home communities.
We offer a very small child to staff ratio and focus on a sense of community and well-being that is essential for a teen’s recovery. Additionally we provide strong clinical, family, and academic supports. The Riverside Life Skills Center is designed to accommodate teens with significant mental health issues and learning challenges including, but not limited to:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention Disorders
- Major Depressive Disorders
- Mild Learning Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Psychotic Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Anxiety
The Life Skills Center utilizes a group and milieu therapy model in order to help teens process and manage the challenges they face. Therapeutic groups are developed and facilitated utilizing the following models:
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Anger Management
- Social Skills Building
- Expressive Therapy
- Health and Wellness
- Relationship Building
Each individual is assigned a primary clinician. The clinician coordinates goals and treatment at the Life Skills Center and will access community agencies and providers to assist in meeting the individual needs of the child. Each clinician collaborates with the adolescent and their family to develop an individualized action plan to outline the course of treatment and establish goals to accomplish with the support of the team.
Family is an essential part of the success for each teen. All family members are encourages to attend and participate in family meetings. Family meetings focus on allowing the family to understand and become a part of their child’s treatment goals, build communication, develop stronger family relationships, and increase support.
Many of our teens have struggled to manage the academic and social stressors at school. We work to help identify school related triggers, and to develop healthy coping skills in order to manage these demands while being supported in the therapeutic environment.
Our clinical staff work closely with a broad range of community partners including outside therapists, the Department of Mental Health, Department of Children and Families, and local schools in order to provide continuity of care. Riverside also has a continuum of services to support youth and families. These services include our In-Home Therapy services, Community Service Agency, Riverside School, and Outpatient Therapy.