Master’s or doctoral level clinicians provide each youth with weekly individual therapy, geared to the individual needs of each youth, and addressing both the general issues that brought the youth into treatment at Stetson School and specific issues that are unique to each individual youth.
Individual therapy is a central element of treatment at Stetson School, and is one element of an integrated approach to treatment that includes group and, whenever possible, family therapy.
Our clinicians are relationally oriented in their approach to treatment, in which we see the therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic partnership between clinician and youth as vital in effective treatment and the provision of treatment that is geared toward recognizing and building strengths and greater social skills, as well as helping our youth to build and experience stronger and attachments and social connections.
Building strengths and greater social skills, as well as helping our youth to build and experience stronger and attachments and social connections.
Fostering a sense of closeness and strong interpersonal relationships among family members.
Family therapy is provided by master’s or doctoral level clinicians, is provided whenever possible.
Stetson School recognizes the importance of family membership and family relationships, and believes that effective therapy for troubled youth involves building strong and effective relationships and communication within the family, and the importance of the family in bringing about change.
Family therapy is aimed at helping families become more connected, more effective in their communication, recognizing family interactions and behavioral patterns that may benefit from change, and fostering healthy growth and individually among all family members while fostering a sense of closeness and strong interpersonal relationships among family members.
In addition to skill building groups led by trained direct care staff, all youth engage in multiple clinical treatment groups each week run by master’s or doctoral level clinicians.
Group therapy includes cognitive behavioral and content-driven psychoeducational groups that focus on important learning tasks and include groups such as healthy sexuality, safe behavior and relapse prevention planning, victim awareness, and essential tools and concepts of treatment.
Therapy groups also include psychotherapeutic “process” groups that focus on helping youth learn to address personal issues, take on community membership and leadership roles within the group, learn the skills of self-expression and active listening, engage in honest and meaningful discussion with other group members, and learn about themselves and others in a group environment that fosters respectful and caring relationships, inclusion and personal growth.
The group environment fosters respectful and caring relationships, inclusion and personal growth.