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Young Child Program

Ages 5-10

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About the Program

in person Chicago, Illinois
Northbrook, Illinois*
ages 5-10
Treatment Levels PHP
*Program offerings may differ by location. Kindly call us to confirm specific program details. Northbrook accepts children as young as 7.
Program Overview - Compass Health Center

Program Overview

Compass Health Center’s Young Child Program is offered through PHP and IOP levels of care for children between ages 5 and 10. Across both PHP and After School IOP, goals include helping children learn coping skills related to increasing emotion identification, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, relaxation techniques, and improved communication skills. Family Therapy and parent support are vital pieces of treatment in Young Child Programs. As part of Compass’s individual care model, children participate in family therapy with one or more of their family members, which supports symptom management and overall treatment outcomes.

Partial-Hospitalization (PHP)
Compass Health Center’s Young Child Partial Hospitalization (PHP) Program provides short-term stabilization for children who are experiencing mood and anxiety symptoms leading to difficulty functioning throughout their daily activities. This may present as severe anxiety, school avoidance, and difficulty communicating or problem-solving. 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.

After-School Intensive Outpatient (IOP)
At Compass Health Center’s Chicago location, After School Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Program provides short-term stabilization for patients who are stepping down from PHP or having difficulty managing their symptoms in traditional outpatient treatment. Compass’s goal in IOP is to keep the patient involved in as much of their daily routine as possible while providing an intensive level of treatment. IOP may be recommended for children who are having trouble managing daily stressors, require additional support outside of school, though are still able to attend school or other structured programs throughout the day.

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 

Compass’s customized treatment plans are tailored to the needs of each individual and adapted over the course of treatment. 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.   

Academic Support - Compass Health Center

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)
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
*Not available at all locations

Our Success Stories

Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

Compass saved my life! I came into Compass with suicidal ideations and no hope. After a couple of weeks of being in the program, I did not have those thoughts anymore. Compass helped me change my mindset, from a negative pattern of thoughts to a more positive and optimistic frame of mind.

Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

My child is leaving Compass more equipped to handle her emotions, her anxiety, her depression, and the things that all trigger these. She is willing to use the skills, which is a huge change, and this is all due to how well Compass worked for her.

Parent of Child Patient
Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

I liked how in Compass, everyone was respectful of my opinions, pronouns, and preferred name. There was no judging, and you can open up to people. I also like how I can relate to other kids. I also really appreciate learning new skills.

Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

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!

Parent of Child Patient
Double Quotes - Compass Health Center

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.

Adult Patient