When children and adolescents experience a traumatic event, or a series of traumatic events, it can have a devastating impact on their lives, as well as on their development. Despite the fact that many assume that children are resilient, in that they can experience something negative and then bounce back right away, the fact of the matter is that they experience trauma in the same way that adults do. In fact, they may experience it at an even deeper level, internalizing the negative emotions they feel as the result of their experiences because they do not yet have the developmental capabilities necessary for appropriately coping with them. For these children, the result of experiencing a traumatic event can result in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental illness that brings about extreme feelings of emotional distress that leads to significant impairment in a person’s ability to function on a daily basis. While the effects of PTSD can be detrimental, there is help available.
Resolute Treatment Center is a premier treatment provider for male adolescents between the ages of 11 and 18 who are struggling with sexually maladaptive behaviors and other emotional and behavioral impairments. Located on the west side of Indianapolis, our 76-bed residential treatment center provides a broad continuum of care that is tailored to meet the unique needs of each child and family who entrusts us with their care. As the only treatment facility in the state of Indiana that exclusively treats adolescent males with sexually maladaptive behaviors, we remain steadfast in our dedication to providing preventative placement and post discharge clinical home services that are designed to afford adolescents the most comprehensive care available so that they can begin walking on the path to the brighter future that they deserve.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Having a child who is facing the turmoil that accompanies the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be heart-breaking, frightening, and can leave you feeling helpless as to what you can do for him. If your child has also begun to act out in sexually maladaptive or problematic behaviors, you may find that you are experiencing an entirely new set of emotions; feeling everything from frustration and anger to fear about what the future holds for your child. You may also be questioning how you should go about handling your child’s problematic behaviors. You may be unsure as to whether or not the presence of these behaviors is the direct result of the traumatic event your child experienced – if it is his way of trying to compensate for the aspects of his life that he did not have control over – or if the behaviors would have been present despite the traumatic event. Regardless of the reasons why your child has begun engaging in the behaviors that he has, it is imperative that he receives professional treatment in order to address not only those problematic behaviors, but the symptoms of PTSD that are causing him distress as well.
Here are some tips to keep in mind as you embark on the process of getting your child the help that he needs:
- Educate yourself on PTSD so that you can recognize the symptoms that pertain to your child. This knowledge will assist you in being the best source of support that you can be.
- Learn about sexually maladaptive behaviors. This can help you gain an understanding of what types of behaviors are developmentally appropriate and which are not. Additionally, having this knowledge may help you to empathize with your child, aiding in the lessening of the anger and frustration that you feel towards him.
- Develop a safety plan. Make sure that you know where your child is at all times so that he is not at risk of engaging in destructive behaviors.
- Try to refrain from yelling or persistently lecturing your child. These types of confrontations will likely only result in your child’s becoming defensive and angry, ultimately pushing him farther away from you.
- Research various treatment options that will best meet your child’s unique needs.
- Remain patient. Recovery can be a long process, but with your help and support, your child can, and will, find relief from the turmoil he is experiencing.
Why Consider Treatment at Resolute
The long-term ramifications of untreated PTSD can be devastating on a child’s life. When left unaddressed, the symptoms can also hinder his ability to develop appropriately. With the additional complications elicited by the presence of sexually maladaptive behaviors, a child’s future can seem bleak. His future may be filled with relationship struggles, interactions with the legal system, and academic or occupational failure. But it does not have to be that way. Life-changing treatment is available.
Residential treatment programs have proven to be extremely successful in helping children and adolescents overcome their problematic sexual behaviors while also helping to heal the devastating symptoms that they are experiencing as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder. By entering into a residential program, adolescents are first and foremost entering into a safe environment where they are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, preventing them from being placed in a situation where they are at risk of acting out on their destructive impulses. In this setting, adolescents are afforded the opportunity to participate in a number of various therapeutic interventions, all of which are designed to help them learn to overcome their negative symptoms, control their impulses, and develop the skills necessary for obtaining a full recovery.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
At Resolute Treatment Center, our goal is to break the vicious cycle of victimization by providing the best care in the least restrictive environment possible. We offer adolescents a safe, secure, and confidential setting where they can receive therapy that is based on unconditional positive regard which places an emphasis on the inherent strengths that we know our patients already have within them. By building upon those strengths, the caring and compassionate staff at Resolute helps guide and support patients throughout the treatment process, keeping in mind our steadfast goal of returning each child to his community as a productive and responsible member of society. At Resolute, we are dedicated to ensuring the success of each child, the reunification of every family, and the long standing happiness that every individual deserves.
Types of Treatment Offered at Resolute
At Resolute Treatment Center, we offer a unique, multifaceted therapeutic program that is designed to give every child the chance to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. With treatment that is guided by highly qualified, expertly trained, and compassionately caring professionals, Resolute offers a wide variety of therapeutic interventions that helps children maximize their potential through recreational interventions, clinical interventions, strong academic programming, and positive relationship building with peers and adults. At Resolute, we believe that when children explore and discover their inherent strengths in a structured, nature-based environment, their self-esteem, compassion, coping skills, and social skills will improve. In order to help our patients achieve all of their goals, the following treatment methods are implemented throughout their stay at Resolute:
Medication management: In some instances, medication may be used in order to help alleviate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, such as anxiety, panic, or depression. All patients meet with a psychiatrist at least once a month in order to ensure the effectiveness of any medication that is prescribed and to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Patients participate in a minimum of one individual therapy session per week, but more sessions can be added based on individual needs. These sessions are designed to be a time for adolescents to meet one-on-one with a therapist in order to discuss concerns and to focus on the development and application of new skills.
Group therapy: Group sessions are held daily and include both psycho-educational and process groups, including a daily sexual process group. These sessions are curriculum-based and trauma-focused. Special ancillary groups are also held regularly and include topics such as assault cycles, trauma outcomes, and healthy relationships.
Family therapy: At Resolute, we view family involvement and participation in the treatment process as being paramount to ensuring that each child’s treatment is both effective and long-lasting. Family sessions are held at a minimum of once every two weeks, but more are added when requested or deemed appropriate.
School programming: Knowing how important a child’s education is, here at Resolute we make sure that each patient receives the services he needs in order to remain on track educationally. Our onsite school is fully accredited and meets daily from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
In addition to the previously mentioned services, Resolute also offers the following:
- Psychological testing
- Clinical polygraph testing (when necessary)
- Relapse prevention and protection planning
- Reunification and aftercare planning
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
At Resolute Treatment Center, we recognize that recovery is an ongoing process that does not just end once adolescents leave our program. In order to ensure continued success, our multidisciplinary staff works at creating thorough aftercare planning for each patient. We work intensively with adolescents as they become reunified with their families and begin reintegrating back into the community.
For those adolescents who are not yet ready to, or are unable to, return home, but no longer require the intensive treatment of the residential setting, Resolute offers two step-down group homes for those patients who have successfully completed residential programming. These homes provide an open residential setting that is less restrictive, yet still provides 24 hour supervision.
Whatever your child’s long-term needs may be, Resolute Treatment Center will do all that we can to ensure continued success and lasting recovery for that he can move forwards toward a happy, healthy, and productive future.