The William J. McCord Adolescent Treatment Facility offers comprehensive services to assist adolescents and their families. treatment is provided for substance use, emotional, behavioral and family issues.
The McCord outpatient staff is made up of master’s level clinicians, many of whom are fully state licensed and /or certified in addictions treatment. They have been recognized through nominations two years in a row for awards for implementing evidence-based practices in treatment. The primary treatment modality provided is the well supported, research and evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This treatment approach is especially successful for adolescents as it teaches personal empowerment through personal care and responsibility. CBT helps clients restructure the distorted thoughts / beliefs which result in upsetting feelings and negative behaviors. This is a tool that the client continues to use thought life to manage emotions and behaviors, and in determining choices (problem solving).
Following receipt of a referral, the information is staffed and an outpatient clinician is assigned to the case (client and family). The clinician will make contact and establish an appointment for intake and assessment. Both the adolescent and parents(s) / guardian will need to be present for that meeting. Once the assessment has been completed, and clinical issues defined, the clinician will make recommendations for services to meet the needs of the client and family. A treatment plan will be developed by the client and the clinician. Services may include group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy and is usually a combination of above.
It is well known that, to be successful, adolescent treatment requires the active involvement of parent(s) or guardian. This provides the adolescent with a needed supportive home environment in which the teen’s practice of new strategies and behaviors, learned during treatment sessions, will be practiced, recognized and reinforced by the family. This is essential for the adolescent to make and maintain desired changes.
The staff of the McCord outpatient department recognizes the varied schedules of parents and guardians. For that reason, clinicians are available at a variety of times to meet those needs. Generally, appointments can be made 8:00 am – 6:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Fridays. Adolescent groups are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Parent Project groups (10 consecutive weeks) are held Tuesdays 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm (8:15 pm during last four weeks). Individual and family therapy appointments are scheduled as needed.