New Perspectives
New Perspectives

Apr 5, 2009, 11:46

Valparaiso, Indiana
Brett Miller
Director of Intake and Admissions

South Shore Academy, a division of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS) and a program of Midwest Center for Youth and Families, is a short term, residential treatment program for young women ages 13-21 who struggle with psychiatric issues, chronic psychosis and/or acute psychosis resulting from PTSD, traumatic brain injury or drug induced, mood disorders, or suicidal thoughts and urges; disruptive behaviors that may include self harm, eating disorders, chemical dependency, anger management, poor social skills, impulse control problems, sexual acting out or for young women who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

Mike Perry, MA, is the CEO of Midwest Center and has over 23 years experience in behavioral health care including 10 years in a residential treatment program as the CEO for Century Healthcare in Arizona, Charter NW Indiana, Dungarvin and Midwest Center for Youth and Families. Dr. Michael Frampton, MD, a Board Certified Psychiatrist, has been the Medical Director for Midwest since 2004. Jennifer Gill, MSW, LSW, is a graduate and adjunct professor of Indiana University Northwest, with over 12 years of clinical experience. Midwest Center for Youth and Families is a member of NATSAP and is accredited by the Joint Commission.

Using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) the young women in this residential treatment center are taught skills to control their emotions and self destructive behaviors by targeting four key skills: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation. Clients participate in individual therapy, group therapy, skills groups and family therapy, with the DBT language and mindfulness exercises woven throughout all skills groups, in addition to the use of DBT Diary cards which are completed daily and reviewed by staff and the client. These cards allow for immediate feedback, praise, validation and coaching.

[This information came from the Midwest Center for Youth and Families website and brochure.]

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