Outpatient Psychotherapy Services are offered for Adults, Children, and Families experiencing a variety of mental health and behavioral issues. Psychotherapy is available to individuals that receive other services at the RBHA such as medication management, case management, or other specialized programming. The service is designed to be time-limited, 10-12 sessions, but is based on the assessed treatment needs of the individual. Licensed Clinicians utilize a variety of evidenced-based, trauma-informed treatment approaches and modalities in providing psychotherapy.
Two new therapies that RBHA now offers to children and adolescents are:
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
RBHA provides Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) within the Outpatient Psychotherapy Program. PCIT is a short-term, specialized evidence-based behavior management program for young children between the ages of 2 and 7, experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties. PCIT works with the child and caregiver to improve overall behavior and to reduce parenting stress. PCIT is an exceptionally effective treatment backed by over 30 years of research. Live, real-time coaching is a hallmark of PCIT. The therapist will observe the caregiver and child interaction, then provide live coaching in the PCIT skills. Caregivers and therapist work together to manage challenging child behaviors. At the completion of PCIT, parents/caregivers generally report a high level of satisfaction and decreased parental stress levels. PCIT requires a 14-18 week commitment by the parent/caregiver and child with one session per week.
The goals of PCIT include:
- Improve the parent/caregiver-child relationship
- Improve children’s minding and listening skills
- Increase children’s ability to manage frustration and anger
- Increase children’s social skills
- Improve children’s attention skills
- Build children’s self-esteem
- Improve parents’ use of appropriate discipline strategies
- Help parents set developmentally appropriate expectations for their child
Referrals for PCIT can be made by the ongoing RBHA service provider or recommended at Rapid Access.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
RBHA provides Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) within the Outpatient Psychotherapy Program. TF-CBT is an evidence-based, psychotherapy model for children and adolescents ages 3-18 who are experiencing clinically significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events they have experienced. TF-CBT is a relatively brief (typically 12-20 weekly sessions), treatment model that incorporates interventions and techniques based on cognitive, behavioral, family therapy, and humanistic principles. TF-CBT is designed to reduce symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma-related depression, anxiety, and behavior problems, and common trauma-related cognitive and emotional problems such as fear, shame, embarrassment, guilt, and self-blame. TF-CBT also improves caregiver support of the child, parenting skills, and parent-child communication.
The goals of TF-CBT are to enable children and youth who have experienced serious traumatic events, and their supportive caregivers to:
- learn effective skills to cope with trauma-related emotional and behavioral problems
- face and resolve those problems in a safe and therapeutic way, and
- effectively integrate their trauma experiences and help them move on with their lives in a safe and positive manner.
TF-CBT has been found to be an effective treatment with children and families from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. TF-CBT received the highest rating for effectiveness from several independent rating programs (e.g., California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, the OVC Guidelines Project, and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices).
Referrals for TF-CBT can be made by the ongoing RBHA service provider or recommended at Rapid Access.