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7. Adolescents Program

Programs for adolescents emphasize transition planning and building social skills in the context of group settings.

What goals are addressed?

A problem-focused and skill-building approach is taken and includes the following treatment goals:

  • transition planning for post-graduation (post-secondary education vs. immediate entry into the workforce)
  • emotional self-regulation and coping skills including self-advocacy skills
  • understanding of peer relationships and self-concept (including sexual safety)
  • increased reciprocal interactions in group settings (with peers and family)
  • identification of community-based leisure skills
  • strengthening core daily living skills in preparation for adulthood
What does the program look like?

Individual programs are designed to foster independence in daily activities of self-care related to emotional well-being, grooming as well as organizational skills. Sessions primarily involve one-to-one meetings with the adolescent patient, often outside of the clinic. For adolescents facing acute stressors, sessions may occur twice weekly. In addition to working individually with the adolescent to address any acute needs, we provide support and consultation to families, educational teams and tutors, particularly with respect to transition planning.

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21 Bloomingdale Road
White Plains, NY
10605
Tel.: (914) 997-5848
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