Treatment Services Provided
Changing beliefs and actions are primary goals of counseling and psychotherapy. Beliefs are changed through various evidence-based models that LUMCFS clinicians have been trained to use, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). However, beliefs are also changed through experiences with caregivers, who communicate daily through their actions including the worth and value of each individual youth. Beliefs are also changed through therapeutic recreation, team-building, equine therapy, and many other modalities. Most clinicians can also use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) effectively with traumatized youth, helping them to process the memories and associated beliefs and feelings that are often powerfully affecting their lives and their current functioning.
Because no single treatment model or intervention will fit every treatment need for every client, we believe in training our therapists in several proven methods. Our purpose is to help clinicians fit the treatment method to the individual client. In addition to individual and group therapy, we provide therapeutic services to our residents’ parents and families. Active participation by family is critical to success in treatment.
Specific forms of therapeutic interventions and services for a resident may include individual, group, and family therapy. They may include play therapy, recreational therapy, treatment for maladaptive sexual behaviors, case management and care coordination, chemical dependency assessment, anger management work, grief and loss work, animal-assisted therapy, vocational and career training, training and assistance in activities of daily living (ADLs), challenge course work, and equine-assisted psychotherapy. Occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy may be provided when needed.
All of these services are supported by a research based milieu model that staff are trained in, the Child and Adolescent Residential Experiences (CARE) model. This model trains staff to better understand the developmental issues our youth face and to interact in more effective ways to help the youth and families achieve their goals. In addition to the broader milieu and individualized therapeutic interventions which are designed to meet each resident’s unique needs (and are detailed in each resident’s individual Plan of Care), a full array of services are provided to residents including pastoral care, education, recreation, socialization, medical care, vocational training, transitional skills training, daily living supervision and other specialty services.
Learn More About Our Ministries to Children and Families
Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services is a leading provider of behavioral health services for children and families. With our earliest roots in New Orleans, we have ministered to Louisiana’s children and families for 136 years. Learn more about the broad array of treatment services we provide to children and families across Louisiana by visiting our website at LUMCFS.com.