At Village Behavioral Health, we understand that when adolescents are struggling with mental health concerns, they need to be treated differently than adults. Their developmental stages must be taken into account when developing treatment plans so that they can truly benefit from the programming they engage in. Keeping this in mind, at Village Behavioral Health, we strive to offer tailored programming options to the young people in our care so that they can experience true and lasting healing.
As part of our mental health treatment program, we offer treatment for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 who are suffering from concerns related to the following:
- Anxiety disorders
- Adjustment disorders
- Attachment disorders
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Depressive disorders
- Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders
- Psychotic disorders
- Schizoaffective disorder
- Extreme aggression
- Disruptive behaviors
- Suicidal ideation
Set within the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, our outdoor-based programming offers a unique approach to care by placing adolescents in a serene environment, surrounded by the beauty of nature.
In our experience, we have learned that by removing youth from the daily demands of modern society, they are not only able to rejuvenate, but they are also able to place all of their time, energy, and focus on healing. They will not feel trapped in an institutional-like setting, but instead will have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of being in the outdoors.
When an adolescent is referred to our program, he or she will be offered a thorough, comprehensive evaluation, during which pertinent information will be gathered from him or her, from his or her family members, and from any other individuals who might be able to provide helpful information, such as teachers, family physicians, or past treatment providers. It is important to note, however, that these individuals will not be contacted unless permission is given by the child’s legal guardian.
Once the assessment is complete, our team of treatment professionals will review the collected information in order to determine which type of programming will be of most benefit to the child. At Village Behavioral Health, we use evidence-based best practices in order to appropriately address the needs of our patients and their families. In order to do this, we include the following treatment modalities into the treatment plans we create:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
- Re-ED (a positive psychology model for helping kids make lasting changes by using a point and incentive system)
As part of each youth’s overall plan of care, he or she will have access to and participate in the following interventions:
- Medical care
- Medication management services
- Individual therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Experiential therapies
- Aftercare coordination
At Village Behavioral Health, we believe that an important part of each child’s successful recovery is found in the caring and dedicated staff members with whom he or she works. As such, we are immensely proud of the exceptional team of treatment professionals who provide care to our patients. These professionals include the following:
- Psychiatric nurse practitioner
- Registered nurses
- Licensed professional counselors (LPCs)
- Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs)
- Masters-level therapists
- Certified activity therapist
- Licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC)
- Professionals certified in therapeutic crisis intervention (TCI)
- Certified teachers
- Full-time principal
Keeping in mind that education is an essential part of a young person’s development, at Village Behavioral Health we are pleased to offer education through The Village Academy, our onsite private school. The Village Academy is approved by the Tennessee State Department of Education and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Our team of credentialed teachers hold college or graduate degrees and state licensure in the following subjects:
- Social studies
- Natural sciences
In addition to educational studies, as youth become engaged in The Village Academy, they will have the opportunity to participate in the following:
- Physical education
- Vocational education
- Experiential learning
Furthermore, The Village Academy provides special education services for adolescents who may not be able to function to their highest potential in a traditional educational setting, as well as for those who require programming for gifted children.
When a child first comes to Village Behavioral Health, as part of his or her initial assessment he or she will be evaluated academically so that a customized educational plan can be implemented for him or her. The time that adolescents spend in The Village Academy earns them school credits, which can be transferred to their home schools upon completion of treatment.
Through the serene environment, wrap-around treatment approach, engaging activities, and top-of-the-line education that is provided to each and every adolescent who is entrusted into our care, Village Behavioral Health sets itself apart as a treatment center that makes positive and lasting changes in children’s lives.
If an important child in your life is struggling with a mental or behavioral health concern, please consider reaching out to the compassionate staff here at Village Behavioral Health today. We do not want any child to suffer, and we will do all that we can to ensure that the young person in your life receives the most exceptional care possible so that he or she can embark on a path to a brighter and more promising future.