Hillside’s Unique Programming
As we strive to provide the most effective ways to care for the children and families we serve at Hillside, we are constantly seeking new forms of therapies. Often, children and families respond to some therapeutic approaches and fail to do so with others. Hillside implemented Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in 2005, and currently it is the flagship treatment modality used with our children and families.
We are the only child and adolescent residential treatment program in the Southeast to implement DBT adherently. All of our clinicians were intensively trained and continue to receive advance training through Behavior Tech, the DBT training company run by the creator of DBT, Marsha Linehan; or with Shari Manning, of Treatment Implementation Collaborative, the former President/CEO of Behavioral Tech, LLC and Behavioral Tech Research, Inc. Both companies provide training, consultation and research in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. We continue to receive additional advance DBT training from Shari Manning of Treatment Implementation Collaborative (TIC).
In continuing with our mission to provide the best treatment to children and families, Hillside has expanded the options for treatment and has specialized in several other state-of-the-art treatment modalities that can be used in conjunction with DBT. These cutting-edge therapies include animal assisted therapy, Theraplay® and art. During a child’s stay, he/she may also benefit from independent living skills groups, interpersonal skills group and numerous other specialty groups aimed at meeting his/her treatment needs. Any of these can be recommended by the child’s treatment team to best address the child’s and the family’s issues as well as providing the best care possible that will translate from Hillside to home.
One of the Best Mental Health Treatment Centers in GA
Parents balance the needs of their children, themselves and the family unit to maximize health and happiness. When one of your children is dealing with mental health issues, it is easy for the balance to tip. The more severe the issues, the more energy you pour into helping that child. When a treatment program does not leave you with a positive outcome, the frustration increases.
The behavioral issues of one child can damage the entire family dynamic, making it even harder for that child to handle his/her mental health. Hillside uses treatment modalities that are proven to work, so the unsuccessful treatment cycle is not repeated for our clients. We also extend our programs to include parents because we understand the importance of healing the whole family.
Hillside offers the best residential treatment for teens in GA, partly because we do not forget about the rest of the family. Research shows that for our clients to successfully transition home, we need to provide advanced family education and continuing support. A healthy family dynamic can be the biggest advantage to children with mental illness successfully moving into adulthood.
News & Info
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On behalf of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, Hillside has been accepted as a NATSAP Full Member. Read more on our blog!
It can be difficult to talk about mental illness with family and friends. There is a negative stigma in our society attached to people with mental health issues. You may want to discuss mental illness with friends, for instance, but fear harsh judgments. When a mental illness becomes part of your life, either through personal experience or from one of your children, it is helpful to know how to talk to your friends and family about it. Learn how here!
Hillside is proud to co-sponsor a one day conference on “Early Detection & Prevention of BPD – Bridging the GAP” with the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder. Clinicians from Hillside will join other experts in the field to present an informational, educational day for parents, teachers, school counselors and clinicians who interact with kids who have trouble regulating their emotions. Buy tickets now!