Valley Behavioral Health offers a number of day treatment programs and services for children and youth ages 6 to 17 years old. Day treatment is therapeutic programming that is offered Monday through Friday during school hours. Our programs provide a safe and healing environment for your child to work through mental and behavioral health symptoms that cause problems in the home, at school, or in the community. Day treatment is more intensive than outpatient treatment but less intensive than hospitalization.
While in day treatment, your child will receive individual, family, and group therapy as well as skills groups throughout the day. During the school year, Valley partners with Granite School District to provide academic support to our clients to prevent them from falling behind in school, or to help them catch up. In the summer, we offer additional therapeutic activities and field trips.
Transportation is available to and from all of our day treatment programs, and lunch is provided. If you would like more information about our day treatment programs, please reach out.
Our children’s behavioral treatment services and programs focus on decreasing a child’s symptoms in order to enhance and maintain their level of functioning. We offer specialized children’s behavioral health programs during or after school, or as a day treatment program. Together, we will help your child address:
Additionally, we work closely with the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) for assessment and treatment. Review the listing below to find the best outpatient mental or behavioral health program for your child, or call a Valley Behavioral Health representative for further information.
AIM is a day treatment program for youth ages 12 to 17 years old. AIM provides support and therapeutic services for youth who are struggling with depression, anxiety, oppositional behaviors, anger management issues, and other associated symptoms. The program focuses on keeping these youth positively engaged with their families and communities.
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ACES is an after-school program for children ages 6 to 11 years old. ACES is not a full-day treatment program and runs from 2:45 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. Phase 1 will focus on following social skills, including following directions, teasing, feelings, friendships, accepting no, anger management. Phase 2 is more advanced skills that include positive self-statement for self and others, staying on task, ignoring distractions, accepting consequences, how to deal with losing in a game, and problem-solving. ACES clients can choose to work with our ACES therapist or can continue seeing their outpatient therapist.
Children’s Behavioral Therapy Units are collaborative behavioral health programs with Valley Behavioral Health and Salt Lake School District (Beacon Heights Elementary) and Granite School District (Robert Frost Elementary). The Program serves children who have profound mental health issues that qualify as SED and special education services. The program is like a day treatment model and serves elementary-aged school children. Unlike our other day treatment programs, enrolling a child in one of our CBTU programs requires a special referral from the school. That process is entirely managed by the school districts.
DBT is a day treatment program for youth ages 12 to 17 years old. DBT provides support and therapeutic services using DBT-based interventions. This program is geared toward youth who are struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and other associated symptoms. DBT is generally longer than our other day treatment programs and youth generally spend at least several months in treatment.
KIDS is a day treatment program for youth ages 5-12 years old. KIDS provides support and therapeutic services for our younger clients and, like our other day treatment programs, is designed to prevent placement in higher levels of care (like the hospital or residential treatment). Because of the different developmental levels of our clients at KIDS, they are placed into one of three groups depending on their age. This ensures that they are in treatment with children who are similar in age and development.
ValleyWest clinicians offer care focused on mental and behavioral health of adults, families, and children utilizing evidenced-based practices.ValleyWest clinicians offer care focused on assistance for reunification with
children, parenting classes, and evidence-based trauma treatment.
Valley Behavioral Health partners with a number of school districts in the Salt Lake Valley to provide in-school therapy services. Placing therapists in schools makes therapy easy to access for families who may have barriers associated with therapy in a clinic setting. Our in-school therapists are all fully licensed and can provide assistance with everything from depression and anxiety to problems associated with school performance and compliance. Both individual and family therapy can be offered in the school setting.
Change for clients varies from individual to individual. Change is determined by the client’s and family’s motivation to work on identified treatment issues.
Determining how long a client will be in therapy will be considered individually based upon the needs of the client. After the client is assessed by the therapist, the therapist will schedule an ongoing appointment time with the client. Therapists review the duration and length of time for therapy based upon progress in treatment.
There are a number of reasons why a client may be discharged from services. These reasons include:
For best practice, Valley Behavioral Health believes that children need a safe and confidential environment to work on treatment issues. There may be times when the parent will come into session. The therapist will generally share information with the parent addressing the treatment goals worked on and suggesting interventions for the parent to use at home with the child. It is important that children feel safe to express concerns and issues they are having within the therapeutic relationship, which is why confidentiality will be honored.
The role of the parent while their child is in therapy is to collaborate with the therapist on interventions, progress, and concerns. Therapy is a support to assist parents to help their child learn new coping skills, ways to problem solve and healthy pro-social behaviors. A large part of the role of the parent during treatment is to help encourage, support, engage, and practice newly learned behaviors with your child in between sessions.
With behavioral health centers across the Intermountain West, our goal is to be as accessible as possible for our clients. Our specialized therapists ensure that each counseling appointment is a neutral and comfortable environment. All counseling appointments are confidential. Call us today for more information or fill out the form below to schedule your confidential counseling appointment.
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