If you have a child or adolescent with symptoms of conduct disorder, you are probably feeling trapped in the vicious cycle of their negative behaviors from which you have no hope of escape. Conduct disorder is characterized by chronic patterns of violating basic rights of other human beings and/or severely breaking the rules of age-appropriate norms. These patterns of behavior have significantly negative effects on all aspects of the adolescent’s life and, as his or her parent, your life as well. You may feel desperate to find a way to gain a sense of control over your child’s behavior and help your child learn how to interact appropriately. Valley Behavioral is able to help you to do just that.
Valley Behavioral Health System provides a variety of treatment options for a variety of different mental illnesses, including conduct disorder. We offer acute inpatient programs that will help children and adolescents suffering from conduct disorder learn to modify their behaviors so they can re-enter society with the confidence needed to go on to lead successful and happy lives. Valley Behavioral is located in the beautiful Arkansas River Valley and we offer private rooms to each one of our clients. At Valley Behavioral, our caring staff will ensure that each and every patient is provided with individualized care designed specifically to meet his or her unique needs. The effects of conduct disorder do not have to continue to affect you and your child. You can get the help that you need at Valley Behavioral Health.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
Watching your child acting out in the devious and defiant nature characterized by conduct disorder can be debilitating. You’ve probably experienced a wide array of emotions, from extreme sadness to anger. You may feel as though that you caused your child to develop the conduct disorder and feel responsible for their actions. You might be questioning whether or not your child’s behaviors are severe enough to justify a diagnosis of conduct disorder. Here are some examples of symptoms that adolescents with conduct disorder may exhibit:
- Chronically skipping school despite the repercussions
- Bullying others and/or instigating violent physical fights
- Persistent lying
- Harming animals
- Playing with fire
- Forcing someone into sexual activity against that person’s will
- Lack of guilt or remorse over their behaviors
- Lack of empathy
If any of these symptoms are actively displayed by your child or adolescent, it is time to seek out professional help. Distressingly, if left untreated, the ramifications can be severe. But there is hope for your child. Valley Behavioral can help lead your child onto a path that will guide him or her into a happy, healthy, and productive future.
Why Seek Inpatient Treatment at Valley Behavioral Health System
If you have been watching your child decline into the destructive pattern of behaviors of conduct disorder, you are probably feeling worried about the future. You may worry about the severity of the consequences if the behaviors worsen. You may feel afraid of your child because you don’t know how he or she will react to any given situation. All of your feelings are completely justified. If untreated, the effects that conduct disorder can have on your child’s life can be detrimental. As your child ages, the behaviors will likely worsen – he or she might find him or herself participating in risky sexual behaviors, becoming addicted to illegal substances, or serving jail time. Unfortunately, when conduct disorder goes untreated, it can lead to the onset of antisocial personality disorder. This does not have to be your child’s future. Intervening now and getting him or her the treatment that is needed can result in a hopeful future.
Inpatient treatment programs are a very effective way for adolescents with conduct disorder to begin their path to recovery. When children and adolescents enter inpatient programs, they are entering a safe environment that provides a haven from the triggers the outside world has on their behaviors. They will be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in order to ensure this environment continuously aids in their healing process. A child’s time spent in inpatient care is designed to be one of education, healing, behavior modification, and personal growth without the presence of negative influences. It is arguably the best way for your child to receive the intense and thorough level of care that he or she needs in order to be properly treated for conduct disorder.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Valley Behavioral Health System is dedicated to making each patient a priority as soon as he or she walks through our doors. It is our goal to be held at the highest level of accountability for meeting the needs of all of our patients. We want to ensure that everyone receives the excellent, life-changing treatment they deserve. We promote self-awareness and personal growth by focusing treatment on the patient. All patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team of professionals who work under the direct supervision of board-certified psychiatrists. This team consists of therapists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, Advanced Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, educational specialists, recreational specialists, and other experienced mental health professionals. Our staff provides a full continuum of care dedicated to treating all aspects of your life.
Treatment Options Offered at Valley Behavioral
Upon arriving at our treatment center, the admissions process will begin with you or loved one completing a comprehensive assessment with one of our qualified assessment specialists. After all pertinent information has been gathered, the assessment specialist will consult with one of our leading psychiatrists in order to make a recommendation for the most appropriate level of care. Following that, our care managers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan designed to help guide you through the duration of your treatment. At Valley Behavioral, we use a variety of therapeutic techniques tailored to meet the needs in your treatment plan.
Medication management: One major component in successfully managing the symptoms of conduct disorder may be medication. At all times, medication is closely monitored by our psychiatrists and medical professionals and altered as necessary.
Individual therapy: Individual sessions are held in a confidential setting where your child will meet alone with his or her therapist. These sessions are held once per week, but additional sessions can always be added as needed.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a key component of the inpatient process. These sessions are held on a daily basis in which patients meet to discuss a variety of topics based on things that they are struggling with or need to process. Three days each week, these groups are facilitated by licensed therapists, at which time the therapists may choose to start the sessions with specific topics they feel would be most beneficial based on the mood of the group that day. Rehabilitation groups are held twice daily and recreational groups are held at a minimum of three days per week.
Family therapy: At Valley Behavioral Health System, we recognize how crucial the role of family involvement is in order for treatment to be successful. During inpatient treatment, family therapy sessions occur at least once each week, more as needed. Family visitation time is made available twice per week during a patient’s stay, and family members are able to call their loved one at any time.
Experiential therapy: In an attempt to incorporate all aspects of our patients’ well-being into their treatment process, we offer therapeutic recreational programs that assess, educate, and assist patients in striving to improve their physical lifestyle. Some of the individual activities involved in this program include:
- Arts and crafts
- Relaxation activities.
Continuing Care and Levels of Treatment
Your child’s discharge process begins at the time of admission to ensure continuity of care. This provides peace of mind in knowing that you and your child are not going to lose our support after you walk out of our doors. Some children may step down to a partial hospitalization program (PHP), an intensive outpatient program (IOP), standard outpatient therapy sessions, meetings with your psychiatrist for continuing medication management, and support groups. If necessary, we can also help arrange residential placement following your child’s discharge. Our care coordinators will be available to further assist you in scheduling follow-up appointments or making other arrangements, per your request. At Valley Behavioral, we will do everything that we can to ensure that your child reaches his or her highest potential so that he or she can go on to lead a happy and productive life.