During your stay, you will reside in K-House. This residence features two large common rooms and an outdoor area. It contains both double and single rooms, each with its own bath. There is a washing machine and a dryer on premises for laundry. While personal cellphones and computers are not permitted, you will have access to iPads and computers within the residence. An onsite fitness center, large gymnasium and indoor pool are available to patients. Visitors are welcome during regular visiting hours.
Your 14-hour daily schedule will vary by day and week, but typically includes some or all of the following elements:
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Group Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training
- Recreational Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Visiting Hours
During your stay, you will be able to continue school work under the guidance of a certified teacher. To minimize disruption to the school year, and with your family’s permission, our teacher will communicate with professionals in your school. Specialized support for academic areas such as foreign languages, higher level sciences, and advanced placement classes is available from private tutors for an additional fee.
We believe that collaboration with the family is fundamental to a teen’s success in the program. Like medical illnesses, psychiatric illnesses are a family affair and we dedicate time to understanding and helping the family system.
Support for families includes:
Weekly Family Therapy
Family therapy addresses problematic behavior patterns, communication struggles, and difficulties understanding the patient with the goal of promoting family healing.
Weekly Multi-Family DBT Group (Parents Only)
This program teaches parents the same DBT skills their child is learning.
This full-day program educates families about brain and emotional development in adolescence. It facilitates a greater understanding of mental illness and substance abuse and helps improve communication between patients and their families. It also provides supportive resources for families prior to discharge that help prepare patients and their families for a successful return home. This program is divided into morning and afternoon sessions:
Morning 9:00 am – 12:45 pm (Family members only)
Education, information and support for family members including time for questions and answers with the program facilitator.
Afternoon 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Adolescent Patients and Family Members)
Patients and their families are encouraged to reflect on family relationships through supportive non-confrontational exercises. They learn about family roles and dynamics and how to improve communication. They also discuss aftercare and discharge planning.
Our Family Resource Program offers support and education to families following discharge should any questions or concerns arise at any point in the recovery process. The program was uniquely designed with our families in mind and in keeping with the hospital’s vision to establish a helpful, lasting relationship with our families, as well as to remain involved for as long as we are asked. For more information about the Family Resource Program, contact Jillian Keyes, LCSW.
Transitional living takes place in K-House.
New Canaan is located in Southern New England and weather conditions change seasonally and sometimes during the day. We recommend that you bring one week’s worth of clothing, in one small suitcase and that you be prepared to “layer”.
To learn more about our range of programs in the Adolescent Center please download our brochure.
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Allow us to help you get better. Contact us today to find out which program might be right for you, or to begin the process of arranging for treatment.