Clinical services are provided by licensed master’s level clinicians throughout the continuum of care, including residential/educational services, group homes, and preparing youth and families for a successful transition home. The clinician follows the youth and family through levels of care, developing and supporting a therapeutic relationship that is not disrupted with the youth’s transition to a different level of care. Clinicians providing these services receive weekly group and individual supervision with the Clinical Supervisor, as well as individual professional supervision with the Supervising LICSW.
Every aspect of services provided to youth and their families is individualized at Deaconess. Operating from strengths-based perspective and holding unconditional positive regard for youth and families, Deaconess provides an environment that elicits and respects their voice, which then forms the basis of trauma-informed treatment, therapeutic recreation, health and wellness services, academic options, and transitional planning.
With their Clinician, youth identify weekly goals they feel will help them with their treatment. This gives each girl a concrete, achievable goal to work on which she has identified. She then has an opportunity to see her progress each week, consider what she needs to do to achieve her goal(s), and to choose other goals, which may be more realistic or more helpful to her.
Deaconess Home has provided intensive in-home and community based services to youth and families for over 100 years, collaborated with community based services and individuals through our Specialized Group Home for more than 25 years and have taken our services to families to the next level by providing 24/7 intensive in home and community support services via our Support & Stabilization component more than 10 years. Along the way, Deaconess has supported families who have chosen to include individuals important to them in family and youth treatment planning in each of these models.
Families are engaged and involved from the time of referral, through the pre-intake, intake, treatment planning, formal treatment planning, and quarterly reviews so as to create and maintain a knowledgeable and collaborative working relationship. Meeting and appointment schedules reflect the family’s needs first, and staff work non-traditional hours, (evenings, nights and weekends) to ensure families are involved and aware of the services we can provide to them. Although there is ample meeting space at the program, we encourage family work to take place in the home, where families and youth may comfortably voice their needs, hopes, and goals, and ask questions.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, every program site holds a weekly house meeting that includes youth and program staff.
Occupational therapy is a skilled service offered at the Fall River Deaconess Home which addresses various components of one’s life through individualized and group treatment based on personal needs. Treatment is focused on self-care practices, social- emotional regulation, coordination, as well as sensory processing. The effective use of sensory techniques assist youth by increasing awareness of their individual sensory preferences and sensitivities as well as their internal and external reactions. Sensory techniques are utilized to maximize the adolescent’s engagement and success in both school setting and living environment. These techniques include environmental modifications, compensatory strategies, and may utilize adaptive equipment to promote optimal functioning. Interventions include support of positive social interactions, use of coping skills, as well as collaboration between disciplines and caregivers in order to promote success in meaningful roles as a student, friend, daughter, etc.
Residents participate in Clinical Groups throughout the week as part of their Treatment Plan. During group, residents are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and experiences with the rest of the group. Each group is designed and facilitated by the members of our Clinical Team. Generally, groups run for 6-8 weeks. The topics vary and are considered in reflection of the needs of the residents and their families at the time. All groups are designed to be trauma sensitive and trauma informed and are facilitated and supervised by Master’s Level, Licensed Clinicians.
The purpose of this group is to identify and explore resident’s personal or family member(s)’ involvement with substance use, abuse or addiction. Sessions are designed to support the residents in understanding themselves and their family dynamic through a psycho-educational approach. Through these discoveries, it is hoped that they will be able to learn more effective coping skills and make healthy choices in the future.
The purpose of this group is to provide participants with a safe, comfortable and supportive environment to explore their thoughts, feelings, and personal experiences regarding adoption. Topics included but were not limited to the thoughts and feelings such as guilt, loss, anger, and hurt pertaining to both adoptive and biological families. Identity, self-worth, attachment, and current familial dynamics are also discussed. The commonalities of each participant’s experience coupled with their unique and individual differences allow for a narrative format that is warm and welcoming. Specifically, each member demonstrates a willingness to share information while providing acceptance and support to one another creating an inclusive and cohesive environment.
The purpose of this group is to explore thoughts, feelings, and memories of difficult or hurtful experiences of the residents’ past within a safe environment. Sessions are designed for the residents to explore and understand aspects of themselves and learn to express them appropriately. Clinicians will facilitate using drawing, painting, music, and movement to assist the residents in these healthy outlets of expression.
The purpose of this group is to develop self-awareness within the residents as to the difficulties they may have with their social interactions that affect their lives and relationships with others. Residents will participate in role-play, utilize worksheets, engage in hands-on activities and participate in open discussion. With a focus on resolving conflicts, residents will develop active listening skills, build assertiveness and establish appropriate and healthy peer and adult relationships as well as effective communication styles.
The Deaconess Home partners with the Katie Brown Educational Program which promotes respectful relationships by teaching relationship violence prevention. The purpose of the group is to inform participants about the cycle of violence and learn how to identify warnings of an unhealthy relationship. Sessions involve interactive discussions about different types of violence, expectations when in a relationship. Clinicians will develop skills for the residents to communicate their needs and how to safely end an unhealthy relationship.
The purpose of this group is to help girls learn to make positive decisions by identifying and modifying their automatic thoughts and core beliefs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is rooted in the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors; not external things such as people, situations, and events. Sessions are designed to build upon one another as a way to allow participants to make connections between their thoughts feelings and behaviors.
The purpose of this group is to assist participants in developing knowledge and skills necessary to successfully and safely function in a cyber-age society. Social media has become a significant source-if not the most significant source of communication and information in the lives of teenagers. Through structured games, discussions, videos, and hands-on activities, participants will develop self-awareness, insight, and appropriate communication skills for when they access social media applications. These interactive skills will provide them with the opportunity to make safe choices, positively represent themselves and manage challenging situations when interacting on the internet and electronic devices in the future.