Diaries of a Treatment Counselor

Follow your program!

There are approximately 14 rating classification levels of care for children in California, each of which represents more therapeutic and more restrictive care. With a rating classification of 14, a short-term residential therapeutic program is the highest level of placement that offers intensive mental health services for youth with severe emotional and behavioral problems. The … Read more Follow your program!

Lack of on-campus activities: What type of treatment center is this?

  In a short-term therapeutic treatment center, you will find a calendar where all the activities for the kids are posted every month in advance. The calendar sets expectations early and follows through at the end of the week and the end of the month. The idea is simple. By providing clear boundaries for each … Read more Lack of on-campus activities: What type of treatment center is this?

Why foster kids in residential treatment do not ask for help?

On the resident’s point sheet, you will find a section called program participation: therapy worth 5 points. As a residential treatment counselor, the older youth that I worked with who was around 13 through 16 years old, didn’t know who their therapist was—let alone the option to speak to one. Specifically, the one assigned to … Read more Why foster kids in residential treatment do not ask for help?