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CHOICE THROUGH GROWTH
 

Adolescents "show more flexibility than adults. ... They are more willing to try new ways of thinking" Eva L. Feindler, Ph.D


Therapy Referral Form

4-week Evening Program


The Adolescent Program is a CBT program designed to meet the needs of younger aged patients between 14 and 17 with an appropriate psychiatric diagnosis. This may include:

  • Major Depression
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Dysthymia
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia
  • Social Phobia

Inclusion criteria:

  • Able to tolerate the group process
  • Display adequate levels of attention and concentration
  • Unlikely to be disruptive to the group process and hinder the progress of others
  • Free from the influence of alcohol and/or illicit substances while attending sessions.

Exclusion criteria:

  • Current mania or psychosis
  • Organic brain disorder
  • Current abuse of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Conduct disorder
  • Oppositional defiant disorder
  • Cannot read English to an adequate degree

Aims:

  • Teach the patient adaptive coping skills to help resolve psychiatric symptoms and develop a repertoire of functional coping tools for ongoing use
  • Involve parents and provide them with appropriate education and support
  • Develop a relapse prevention plan to assist the patient to deal effectively with possible future problems and obstacles once the treatment program has been completed

Rationale:

Research has demonstrated that mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are common in childhood and adolescence warranting appropriate medical and psychological intervention. Cognitive behavioural therapy shown been shown to be more efficacious than alternative psychological interventions for the acute treatment of adolescents with a range on mental health problems such as depression & anxiety.

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