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.
Compass’s multi-disciplinary team develops an individualized treatment plan for each patient that includes:
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.
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.
The Echo Outpatient Program is open to individuals who have completed Compass’s PHP/IOP programs and are ready to transition to a lower level of care, as recommended by a Compass psychiatrist. This program allows patients to continue psychiatric medication management with their Compass psychiatrist and attend Compass-led outpatient group therapy sessions virtually in a familiar setting.
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.