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Acute Inpatient Psychiatric

Inpatient Care for Children and Adolescents

At University Behavioral Center our children and adolescent mental health treatment programs are designed holistically, drawing upon the best combination of progressive and traditional therapeutic approaches. Our treatment design process is highly individualized, as we tailor treatment to each child’s strengths, interests and goals, as well as their current symptoms and struggles. We utilize many different modalities of therapy including art, group, individual and trauma-focused techniques. This program is designed for children and adolescents ages 5 to 17.

University Behavioral Center provides short-term crisis stabilization for youth under voluntary and involuntary (Baker Act) status. We are committed to cultivating healing and growth, and allowing children and teens to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Services include:

  • Personalized treatment planning
  • Individual therapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Family and group meetings
  • Medication management
  • Education about mental health and/or substance use disorder related issues
  • Life skills training
  • Anger and stress management
  • Family and caregiver education
  • Expressive therapy (art, music and movement)
  • Wellness activities
  • Play therapy
  • Spiritual care
  • Nutritional counseling

Common diagnoses and symptoms of adolescents in this program may include:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorders
  • ADHD
  • Oppositional defiant disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Behavioral issues
  • Mood disorders
  • Other DSM V diagnoses

Treatment Goals Include:

  • Resolve the immediate crisis
  • Remediate acute psychiatric symptoms and stabilize medications
  • Create a treatment plan based on each individual’s needs
  • Develop and practice effective coping, communication and emotion regulation skills and strategies
  • Create a treatment plan that maps the road to recovery and helps teens and their families stay on track post-discharge

We’re Here to Help

University Behavioral Center offers no-cost, confidential assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us any time at 407-281-7000. If you need immediate medical assistance, contact 911 or seek the nearest emergency room.