Child & Adolescent Services
Individual, Family, and Group Psychotherapy
Children and adolescents served by the Robert Young Center Outpatient Department are generally involved in either child-based or family-based therapy with one of the center's licensed clinical social workers. Specialized psychotherapy groups and clinical programs are recommended when appropriate.
A child's first appointment is scheduled to determine the child's needs and most appropriate mode of therapy. A parent or legal guardian needs to accompany the child. Day and evening intake appointments are available to accommodate our clients.
The psychologist assesses a child's cognitive ability, personality, and neuro-psychological skills. Testing yields an assessment of skills, strengths, and weaknesses for the therapist, families, and referral sources. This information will help in treatment planning, enhancement of educational programming, and increased awareness for the child and family.
Psychologists at the Robert Young Center utilize a computerized program to evaluate attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or attention deficit undifferentiated.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Clinic
This specialized program to diagnose and treat attention deficit disorders involves a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers to provide the following services:
- Assessment and diagnosis
- Medication and behavior management
- Parent education about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Social skills training
This process begins with a comprehensive evaluation. After diagnosis, the child receives social skills training for one hour per month in a group setting with children near their age level. Parents receive education, coping techniques, and behavior management strategies for attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Medication management, including proper medication, dosages and side effects are discussed monthly between the doctor and the family. Height and weight are also checked monthly to monitor possible medication side effects.
Children ages 5-13 are eligible for this service. Preschoolers may be eligible for some evaluation and treatment components.
Referring agencies and schools are notified about the child's involvement in the clinic and medication information. Schools and agencies involved in monitoring the child's behavior are also given additional information. Clients also may be referred for family therapy. The parent is actively engaged in the evaluation and treatment process.
Screening, Assessment, and Support Services (SASS)
Screening, Assessment, and Support Services (SASS) is a home and community-based program that provides mental health services to adolescents and children who are at risk of being removed from their family. The goal of SASS is to keep children in their homes through comprehensive assessments and intensive treatment services.
Top priority is given to children and adolescents served by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Department of Mental Health and Developmentally Disabled (DMHDD).
The intensive in-home and agency-based services provided by SASS include:
- Family assessments
- Respite care to families
- Behavioral assessment
- Behavior management
- Referrals to appropriate agencies for further services
- Parent education
- Individual and family psychotherapy
- Hospital-based services
SASS also is the area screening agent for admission for the community and Zellar Mental Health Center, the state-operated facility in Peoria.
Referrals are accepted from DCFS, DMHDD, schools, social agencies, family members, and the courts.