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Institute of Psychiatry

Children's Day Treatment Programs

The Children’s Day Treatment Program provides intensive, comprehensive intervention to children and adolescents with severe behavior disturbances using a “day treatment” model.   This is a less costly alternative to inpatient care, yet still provides the multi-faceted, long-term care required.

The S • T • A • R Program for children and adolescents ages 5-17

Stabilization of children and adolescents from ages 5 to 17 years with severe behavioral disturbances.
Treatment in a community and family-based program and offers time-limited therapeutically intensive services in a safe and structured environment.
Assessment of functioning to modify and plan treatment for meeting specific and individual needs.
Reintegration to home, school, and community with an enhanced ability to manage personal lives.

Components of the Program

Goal Setting
Each patient sets an achievable daily goal and a home-based goal that is related to problematic behavior. Goals are reviewed with their parents or caregivers daily, who provide daily feedback.

Individual Intervention
Patients are encouraged to express feelings and issues in a private, safe setting to identify problems and to uncover the sources and consequences of them. We then work with the child to develop strategies to improve coping and social skills.

Caregiver/Family Teaching
The staff works with the caregiver on behavioral interventions and alternatives to managing problematic behavior and methods for increasing or reinforcing more desirable behavior.

Family Therapy
This therapy assists patients and their parents or caregivers in recognizing and building on strengths and in identifying alternative ways to manage any problematic behavior — while being supported, guided, and supervised by the family therapist.

Process Groups
The process groups help identify behavior patterns and discover productive ways to respond to different situations and feelings, which will facilitate problem identification, processing, and resolution. Topics include: child safety family relationships, school issues, drugs,male/female relationships, anger and stress management, self-esteem, social and daily living skills, constructive physical activities, problem-solving strategies, communication techniques, and positive coping skills.

Learning Assessment and Intervention
STAR is not a school, but we do provide one hour of homebound instruction. Patients are expected to bring books and assignments from their school. STAR CDT teachers will be in contact with each patient’s school to determine specific educational and emotional needs.

Rehabilitative Psychosocial Skills (RPS) Group
RPS groups build skills in managing social interactions at home, school and in the community. Topics include: problem solving, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills, and communication skills. Therapeutic activities include gross motor activities, cinema therapy, therapeutic board games, and creative art projects to teach and strengthen daily living skills, developing body coordination, physical health, and self-esteem.

Medication Management
If the patient is taking medication, a psychiatrist or RN will educate the family on the purpose, dosage, administration, contraindications, side effects, food/drug interactions, and written information on each prescribed medication.

Day Treatment Program Services are offered at two convenient locations:

STAR ages 6-12
1001-B Michigan Avenue
North Charleston, SC 29418
843-876-2670
843-876-2696 fax

STAR North ages 13-17
MUSC Institute of Psychiatry (5 North)
67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29426
843-792-5739
843-792-2114 fax

Download a brochure about the program (pdf)

Admissions Criteria

Every child and situation is different, and need to be assessed before we can determine whether the STAR program is appropriate.  Patients are typically referred for the following reasons:

  • Frequent school suspensions 
  • Inability to remain in the classroom at school
  • Fighting with others
  • Frequent conflicts with adult authority figures
  • Threatening harm to self or others
  • Lack of improvement during outpatient mental health treatment

Download referral form (pdf)

MUSC Health Institute of Psychiatry

67 President Street

Charleston, SC 29425

843-792-9888

 

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