How Hidden Strength’s Program Works
When a family is concerned about their youth, they will contact us either through their insurance company, by phone, or by contact through our website. Our first step is to gather information from the family over the phone. Find out the details of their concern and whether the program may be the right fit. If it appears that Hidden Strength may be the right place, we schedule a face to face interview.
At this interview, the intake coordinator, a therapist with the agency, will ask the family and the youth many questions about the current situation. Also getting details about past concerns, treatment, and how the youth’s behavior affects them at home, in the school, and in the community. Based upon this information, the therapist then makes a recommendation to the family. If the youth’s concerns are not serious enough for the program or need more intensive services than Hidden Strength provides, the family is connected to other programs or given referrals to these services.
If the youth can benefit from Hidden Strength, and the therapist receives approval from the insurance company for admission, the family enrolls the youth and themselves in the program. They receive admission information, complete forms of confidentiality and for insurance purposes, and the program’s schedule of the program.
Hidden Strength runs Mondays through Fridays, 3:30 to 7:00 PM. How often the youth attends depends upon their needs and what they can benefit from in the program.
In the beginning, the family and the youth receive a more thorough evaluation from the therapist and our staff psychiatrist. A plan is made for how to help the youth with their emotional, behavior, and social skills, as well as how the family participates and supports the youth. In addition, a strategy is created to assist the youth with how they will continue their achievements after their participation in the program.
Each Friday is Family Day, where the family participates in their own educational sessions as well as a Multi-Family Group. These sessions are provided by Master’s level therapists, Bachelor’s level behavior specialists and case managers, and paraprofessional peer advocates (who have lived experiences themselves with the mental health system).
The youth’s therapist will keep the family apprised of the youth’s progress and be available to answer any questions about their treatment. Once the youth starts to accomplish their goals during the program, the therapist puts in place their aftercare plan, consisting of referrals to outside counseling, as well as resources for vocational, educational, social, leisure, housing, and other needs.
Each day the youth is transported to our office by the Hidden Strength staff. In addition to receiving individual and family therapy sessions on a weekly basis, the program also consists of: