Prioritizing the Individual
At Paradigm Treatment, we prioritize the whole individual through every aspect of our treatment programs. From the moment we receive your call, we are already implementing this philosophy, which governs the foundations of our work from the moment potential clients and their families first engage with our Admissions team. We utilize thorough evaluations and assessments before clients even enter our facilities. By the time they arrive, we have already assembled a customized treatment team which includes highly trained medical, clinical and psychological staff. This team carefully constructs tailored treatment plans to suit each client’s individual needs, and this plan is closely evaluated and modified as needed. Our teams have the capacity to quickly pivot towards more efficacious solutions for clients in real time, rather than sticking to a script that may not work in vivo. We also have the ability to extend our 35-day program so as to offer enhanced and expanded care for individuals in our program who come to need it. We can determine this need due in part to the fact that we are perpetually monitoring clients, to ensure that they are getting the best possible care, in the safest possible environment, and with the greatest amount of efficacy. At Paradigm, our treatment programs are extensive, individualized and incorporate a number of high effective, evidence-based approaches designed to provide teens and young adults with coping skills and strategies designed to last a lifetime.
Evaluations and Assessments Light the Way
Upon admission, every client at Paradigm Treatment receives a battery of comprehensive evaluations that consider the whole individual. These include but are not limited to extensive psychiatric, psychological and medical evaluations, as well as nutritional and educational assessments. We utilize these thorough methodologies at the outset so as to optimize treatment and achieve greater efficacy and success both while clients are receiving treatment and after they leave our programs. We believe that in order to create meaningful, individualized treatment plans, conducting such assessments before treatment begins is a vital part of the process and a cornerstone to effective treatment. Moreover, we have found that building treatment exclusively upon a client’s presenting behaviors or surface mental health symptoms can only really show us a part of the picture, when examining the whole person goes a long way towards lasting efficacy. We believe that mental health exists in profound connectivity to physical health and social well-being. It is for this reason that we provide all clients with comprehensive diagnostic testing during their first 48 hours of treatment, and we continue to closely assess client’s progress throughout their stay with us.
Effective Residential Mental Health Treatment
Effective residential treatment involves supporting clients in crisis by empowering them to discover insights and learn coping strategies that will assist them with their ongoing healing journey, long after they leave our program. Thirty days is widely considered to be the norm for an adolescent’s or young adult’s residential treatment stay, however frequently more time is needed to properly address the complex issues that our clients bring into our program. At Paradigm we assess clients on an ongoing basis so that if more time is needed in our programs, we can actively pivot to accommodate these needs. It is our mandate that every moment spent in treatment should be leveraged for maximum therapeutic value. As such, we build out robust program schedules with daily individual and regular group therapy sessions that are tailored to each individual’s treatment goals. It goes without saying that no two clients respond to the same approach in the same way. One young person may be very verbal and thrive in traditional group therapy, while another may find their voice in more intimate, individual settings or while partaking in experiential therapies. We carefully assess how each client is doing and we actively build on their unique strengths and interests in real time.
Evidence-Based Treatment Through Research
At Paradigm Treatment, we follow the ethos of the latest research conducted by peer-reviewed psychologists, psychiatrists, educators and others, who have found that a strengths-based approach can yield dramatically better long-term results than those of a deficit-based approach. We strongly believe that young people and their families are resilient, competent people who possess unique talents, skills and interests. Building on strengths empowers clients and their families to have more frequent opportunities for success. Such an approach affords the treatment team with opportunities to utilize each client’s natural abilities and skills as an efficient and effective path for engagement and positive change.
At Paradigm, we use evidence-based treatments that couple the best of both traditional and progressive modalities. We find that this approach not only enriches the experience for all, but that it is essential to effectively meet the diverse and complex needs of teens and young adults in our program. Our extensive range of modalities include CBT, DBT, Trauma-informed therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, as well as Neurotransmitter Testing, Urinalysis, Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Multi-Family Therapy, Psycho-Education Groups, Narrative Therapy, Recreational Therapy, Bio Feedback, Yoga, Somatic Therapy, Parent Effectiveness Training, Equine Therapy, Art and Music Therapy, Psycho-Educational Groups, Gender Specific Groups, Animal Assisted Therapy, and more.
Buttressing our treatment approach is our commitment to collaboration. While our team can provide clients with valuable training and expertise, we also recognize that young people and their families are most often the best experts on themselves. As such, we ask our clients and their families to come to our program as full partners in the creation and implementation of your own individualized treatment plan. We can also actively collaborate with any therapist or treatment professional with whom a youth may already be engaged. Such collaborations frequently allow us to achieve treatment goals more expeditiously and help to create smoother transitions to life after Paradigm.
Below, meet Lucy Bramwell, Clinical Director.