Virtual Adolescent School Anxiety & Refusal Program

Ages 13-18

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Program Overview- Compass Health Center

Program Overview

Compass Health Center’s Virtual Adolescent School Anxiety & Refusal (SAR) Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) provides short-term stabilization for participants who struggle to manage mood and anxiety symptoms that often present as school avoidance or refusal behaviors. School avoidance can take many forms, ranging from attending school but avoiding certain classes or presentations, to refusing to go into the school building at all. It is not uncommon for physical symptoms such as headaches or nausea to be present as a part of the diagnostic picture as well. Compass’s program utilizes specific assessment tools to understand the underlying cause of the avoidance and the function that the behavior is serving for the student. Based on these assessments, Compass will tailor a treatment plan to target the unique strengths and needs of your child and your family in order to return to the path toward academic success and improved wellbeing and functioning.

A team of SAR trained clinicians, including a primary clinical therapist, family therapist, education specialist and group therapists, will provide tailored programming and interventions to equip adolescents and their families with skills to manage mood and anxiety symptoms in program, at school, and at home.

What to Expect - Compass Health Center

What to Expect

Compass’s multi-disciplinary team develops an individualized treatment plan for each patient that includes:

  • 100% virtual PHP program
  • Programming is designed for virtual setting–interactivity, breaks, movement and experiential activities are used to avoid “screen fatigue”
  • Clinical outcomes are equivalent to in-person care
  • Consistently exceptional patient satisfaction ratings
  • Full psychiatric evaluation
  • Regular psychiatric consultations with a dedicated psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner
  • Daily structured group therapy
  • Regular individual therapy sessions with a dedicated individual therapist
  • Regular family therapy sessions with a dedicated family therapist Ongoing reassessments and modifications to treatment plan

Customized treatment plans are created with the individual and their family to include goals, objectives and interventions that address school anxiety, avoidance and/or refusal. Treatment plans are tailored to the treatment concerns of each individual and are adapted as needed over the course of treatment.

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Academic Support

Adolescents in PHP receive daily education services during the school year to support their academic goals while in treatment. This includes designated time each day for supervised study, case management, and coordination of care among the Compass treatment team, the adolescent’s school team, and their family. Compass recognizes that flexibility is key before, during, and after the return to school process. The adolescent’s treatment team collaborates closely with the school team to support their unique return to classroom needs.

Treatment Modalities - Compass Health Center

Treatment Modalities

Psychiatric assessment and medication management
Individual therapy
Group therapy
Family therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Experiential therapies such as art, music, yoga, creative writing and improve
Parent support groups
Aftercare planning

Where is Compass Virtual Available?- Compass Health Center

Where is Compass Virtual Available?

Currently, to participate in Compass Virtual’s PHP/IOP programs you must be physically located in Illinois, Maryland, or Virginia at the time of each day of treatment.

Additional states are coming soon!

Get Started

Nearly all individuals who try a PHP or IOP find it to be better than their expectations and find the level of engagement to be impactful.
If you are interested in learning more, we encourage you to give us a call.