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Young Child Program

Ages 5-10

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About the Program

in person Chicago
ages 5-10
Treatment Levels PHP
Program Overview - Compass Health Center

Program Overview

Compass Health Center’s Young Child Partial Hospitalization (PHP) Program provides short-term stabilization for children between ages 5 and 10 who are experiencing mood and anxiety symptoms leading to difficulty functioning throughout their daily activities. In some cases, this also includes emotional dysregulation, aggression, and oppositional behavior. During the course of treatment, Compass provides various therapies that will improve the child’s level of functioning by gaining strategies and learning how to utilize them effectively. Compass’s goal is to help children learn coping skills related to increasing emotion identification, distress tolerance, emotional management skills, relaxation techniques, and improved communication skills. Family therapy and parent support is a vital piece of Compass’s individualized care model. Children participate in twice/weekly family therapy sessions with caregivers, which supports symptom management and overall treatment outcomes.

What to Expect - Compass Health Center

What to Expect

Compass’s multidisciplinary team develops an individualized treatment plan for each patient that includes:

  • Full psychiatric evaluation 
  • Regular psychiatric consultations with a dedicated psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner 
  • Daily structured group therapy 
  • Regular individual check-ins with a dedicated primary clinical therapist
  • Regular family therapy sessions with a dedicated family therapist 
  • Regular parent/caregiver support and skills groups
  • Experiential therapies such as creative expression, recreation therapy, mindfulness, movement therapy, improv, and animal assisted therapy
  • Ongoing reassessments and modifications to treatment plan 
  • Available resource therapists providing executive functioning and vocational support

Compass’s customized treatment plans are tailored to the needs of each individual and adapted over the course of treatment. Program participants work with therapists who specialize in after school programs. The group therapy model provides the opportunity to connect with others, normalize experiences, and build group accountability. This individualized approach to treatment supports people in moving towards achieving a meaningful and functional life.   

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Academic Support

Children in Compass’s Partial Hospitalization (PHP) Program receive daily education services during the school year to support their academic goals alongside treatment. This includes time each day for supervised study, case management, and coordination of care among the Compass treatment team, the child’s school teams, and their family. Compass recognizes that flexibility is key to ensuring a successful transition back to school following treatment. Your child’s team is in regular communication with their school to adjust the treatment plan as needed to best support them.

Treatment Modalities - Compass Health Center

Treatment Modalities

Psychiatric Assessment and Medication Management
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Individual Check-Ins and Treatment Planning
Group Therapy
Family Therapy
Parent Support Groups
Creative Expression
Recreation Therapy
Animal Assisted Therapy
A secure online portal that parents can use to check-in with members of their child's treatment team
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    Compass is a godsend. An amazing program for children who are struggling and families who are seeking help and guidance. I could not imagine that she would be so much better in less than 2 months. I wish we could have found Compass without going to the ER. Thanks for all you do!

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    The evening IOP program challenged me in a supportive and respectful way to help change my way of thinking. Compass provided me with the tools to help deal with life situations in a healthy way.

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