DTAC utilizes a clinical approach that integrates recognized behavioral and cognitive therapies. Treatment modalities may include weekly individual psychotherapy provided by a mental health professional, daily counseling sessions facilitated by nationally certified treatment specialists, and weekly family therapy sessions depending on assessed client need. We also provide curriculum-based groups in a rotation based on client needs identified through assessment instruments like the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS®) and the UCLA PTSD Index for Trauma.
Based on the trauma-related needs of many of our clients, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is often utilized in treatment.
Our programs also employ a comprehensive intervention strategy to improve behaviors rooted in proactive responses, rather than a reactionary method. This process and philosophy occur through the following activities:
- The implementation of a therapeutic community model of treatment advocating a youth-to-youth feedback process supervised by professional staff.
- A high level of individual involvement between the youth and staff in the areas of cognitive therapy, recreational therapy, and individual and group psychotherapy.
- The use of natural and logical consequences for irresponsible behavior.
- The facilitation of techniques via the lecture series of curriculum programs to solve conflict effectively.
- The progression of individual responsibilities and incentives as incorporated into the phase system.
- The implementation of structural therapy sessions to deal with therapeutic issues that have fostered resentment, anger, and hurt.
- Weekly therapeutic task assignments that focus on specific needs according to the clients’ treatment plan.