In these modern times, there are many reasons that people find themselves mired in trouble. Divorce, drugs or financial collapse are just a few of the very serious challenges facing families.
The resulting dysfunction can spell disaster.
“We’re finding that a lot of families are in crisis. It may go along with the economy and the overall stress it has placed on people. Child abuse has gone up; stress levels have gone up,” said Tammy Wilson, chief executive officer at Oak Grove Center in Murrieta.
“We’re also seeing a huge increase in (kids who are) cutting,” she said.
In direct response to this need, Oak Grove Center Treatment, a nonprofit treatment center, is reaching out to the community with its Short-Term Intensive Program.
The initiative is aimed at stabilizing and improving home and family life in a 28-30 day format.
“The short time frame allows us to be very intensive,” said Wilson, adding that the quick work also matches well with most insurance plans.
According to Wilson, the program strives to provide kids and their families with the confidence to express themselves in healthy way.
Participants learn to cope with anxiety, anger, shame and a variety of other intense emotions.
These therapeutic services are provided by licensed therapists, registered interns, certified drug and alcohol counselors and behavior support staff.
Most insurance plans are accepted and a no-cost consultation is available for families wishing to get a better idea of how to proceed with the program, Wilson said.
Once completed, participants will:
- Develop a personalized safety plan including safe coping skills.
- Learn a variety of skills to be utilized daily to improve safety and functioning.
- Improve communication, conflict resolution, and problem solving within their families.
- Improve ability of self-expression and managing uncontrollable emotions.
- Receive a Tool Box filled with materials acquired while in care to be utilized after treatment. The Tool Box will be personalized and is designed to reinforce the skills and techniques learned to ensure safety.
- Develop a Map for Success, individualized according to specific treatment goals.
- Develop their Treatment Goals Checklist. The checklist will also contain the personal goals, such as resolving issues with family or home life.
- Develop an individualized Crisis Safety Plan, which will include contact information for local resource, emergency contacts and hotline numbers.
Oak Grove Center is located at 24275 Jefferson Avenue in Murrieta.
To learn more, visit www.oakgrovecenter.org.
Kerri S. Mabee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter @kerrimabee.