Who We Serve
Hillside provides numerous treatment options for children and adolescents ages 7-21 experiencing difficulties with emotional and behavioral issues. Hillside’s primary treatment modality is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and our therapists are intensively trained in DBT. Additionally, all adjunct staff has extensive DBT training. Hillside will be one of the first residential treatment centers for children in GA certified in DBT when the national certification standards are approved.
Top DBT Treatment In Atlanta, GA
DBT is a cognitive behavioral psychotherapy originally developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan, Ph.D, ABPP in the late 1980s to treat women with borderline personality disorder. DBT effectiveness in helping people with severe mood dysregulation — having a low threshold for emotional arousal and requiring more time to de-escalate — lends itself as an incredibly effective treatment for helping broader population, beyond borderline personality disorder, who suffers from difficulty in emotion regulation. DBT has been generalized as a modality to treat clients with different diagnosis and demographics. At Hillside, we find success in using DBT with our teens and young adult clients.
Additional primary treatment modalities include cutting-edge specialty modalities such as Theraplay®, Horticulture Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, Therapeutic Drumming and Expressive Art. These are all evidence-based therapy options available as part of our residential treatment programs. Combining recreational activities with psychotherapy is the best way to help teens incorporate the strategies they learn into real-world situations. Our highly specialized staff recognize how important it is to understand the needs of the children and adolescents we serve, as well as their families and communities.
Youth Residential Treatment Centers
Children can face a variety of mental health challenges that are often exacerbated as they enter adolescence. Some of these issues can severely affect the child’s ability to learn and succeed in school, and some can even manifest as life-threatening behaviors which may include having suicidal thoughts and gestures. Parents can be blindsided and ill-equipped to deal with these situations on their own, and every child is different and faces different challenges on their way to adulthood.
Every child at Hillside follows a course of treatment specially designed for them and in the least restrictive program possible, which makes Hillside unique among residential treatment centers for teenagers. Our continuum allows children and their families to move along our programming of Residential, Day Programming/Partial Hospitalization and Outpatient services. Community Intervention Programs and Therapeutic Foster Care are available as needed.
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!