Youth Services

Aurora San Diego provides inpatient care and partial hospitalization for children ages 5-12 whose acute symptoms require a safe and therapeutic environment.  We also provide inpatient care and partial hospitalization for acute mental health issues and chemical dependency intensive outpatient programs for adolescents ages 13 through 17. Our team of youth specialists recognize and understand the unique needs of child and adolescent patients dealing with emotional and psychological disorders and chemical dependency. The goal of our programs is to provide stabilization of immediate concerns within a safe and structured environment. The treatment is short-term with the primary focus being on the reduction of symptoms and overall improvement of functioning. 

Children

The Inpatient Treatment Program for Children (ages 5-12) provides age appropriate groups and individual care for the youngest of our patients and their families. This is accomplished by creating a structured and supportive environment that encourages learning, accountability and skills that can be used when discharged home. This environment includes attention to the skills of daily living, educational development, opportunities to develop interpersonal skills with peers, the restoration of family relationships, and any special areas where the diagnosis and treatment process indicate that help is needed. Our treatment is based on our belief that each child is unique, and all children differ in the ways they mature and in the ways they handle stress during these years. Therefore, we individualize our treatment approach to each situation. We use what is a called a "multi-disciplinary team" approach to treatment, which means that a variety of specialists will be available to work with the youth and family on all aspects of life.

Benefits of Program:

 

  • Rapid Stabilization emphasis and transition to lower levels of care, including 7 day a week programming
  • Daily classroom instruction by CA State Certified School teacher 
  • Coordination of academic material with school of record
  • Multi-disciplinary Treatment Team approach 

 

What you can expect from the treatment program:

Psychotherapy 

  • Patients receive four therapy groups per day, including psychoeducation, process, and recreational activity groups. 
  • Groups are facilitated by a professional therapist or psychologist. Family sessions to address issues of immediate concern and plans for follow-up treatment. 

Psychiatrist 

 

  • Will meet with the child every day to assess progress. 
  • Will coordinate treatment with nursing and social workers. 
  • Will contact family once during each patient’s stay. Further communication will go through the social workers. 
  • Will be available to answer specific questions or concerns that cannot be addressed by the social workers. 

 

Social Worker

 

  • To assist family/patient with discharge plans and follow-up care. 
  • To facilitate communication between psychiatrist, therapists and family. 
  • To arrange family sessions with a hospital therapist. 
  • To provide referrals for counseling, support groups, and residential treatment when necessary. 

 

Treatment Team

We believe a team approach is the most effective method to deliver quality care. The treatment team is led by a psychiatrist and often includes a licensed therapist, psychiatric nurse, activity/recreational therapist, clinical social worker, and mental health counselors. The treatment team offers not only their clinical expertise and experience, but also their concern and compassion.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Aurora San Diego also offers a Partial Hospitalization Program specifically designed for children.  During the assessment and admission process, our clinical staff will determine the appropriate level of care for the child.  Inpatient hospitalization is not a necessary requirement to be admitted into PHP, children may directly admit into PHP.  For more information on this Outpatient service, click here.

Referral

Private and confidential free assessments and referral information are provided at no charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Aurora San Diego Hospital's  Assessment and Referral Department. For information about any of our Programs or Services or to schedule a free assessment, please call toll free at 888-565-4228 or 858-675-4228. Aurora San Diego Hospital's Assessment and Referral Department can also answer questions regarding funding.

Adolescent

The Inpatient Treatment Program for adolescents (ages 13-17) provides the highest quality of care possible to patients and their families. This is accomplished by creating a structured environment that encourages early recovery and, in time, the patients return to a normal home life. This environment includes attention to the skills of daily living, educational and vocational development, opportunities to develop interpersonal skills with a group, the restoration of family relationships, and any special areas where the diagnosis and treatment process indicate that help is needed. Our treatment is based on our belief that teenagers differ a lot in the ways they mature and in the ways they handle the stress of these years. Therefore, we individualize our treatment approach to each situation. We use what is a called a "multi-disciplinary team" approach to treatment, which means that a variety of specialists will be available to work with the youth and family on all aspects of life.

Benefits of Program:

 

  • Rapid Stabilization emphasis and transition to lower levels of care, including 7 day a week programming  Eliminate period
  • Daily classroom instruction by CA State Certified School teacher 
  • Coordination of academic material with school of record
  • Multi-disciplinary Treatment Team approach 

 

What you can expect from the treatment program:

Psychotherapy and Counseling

 

  • Patients receive four therapy groups per day, including psychoeducation, chemical dependency, process, and recreational activity groups. 
  • Groups are facilitated by professional therapist, psychologist and chemical dependency counselors. 
  • Family sessions to address issues of immediate concern and plans for follow-up treatment. 

 

Psychiatrist 

 

  • Will meet with the patient every day to assess progress. 
  • Will coordinate treatment with nursing and social workers. 
  • Will contact family once during patient stay. Further communication will go through the  social workers. Will be available to answer specific questions or concerns that cannot be addressed by the social worker.

 

Social Worker

 

  • To assist family/patient with discharge plans and follow-up care. 
  • To facilitate communication between psychiatrist, therapists and family. 
  • To arrange family sessions with a hospital therapist. 
  • To provide referrals for counseling, support groups, twelve-step resources and residential treatment when necessary. 

 

Treatment Team

We believe a team approach is the most effective method to deliver quality care. The treatment team is led by a psychiatrist and often includes a licensed therapist, psychiatric nurse, activity/recreational therapist, clinical social worker, and mental health counselors. The treatment team offers not only their clinical expertise and experience, but also their concern and compassion.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CD-IOP)

Aurora San Diego also offers a Partial Hospitalization Program specifically designed for adolescents with mental health or emotional concerns and a dedicated Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program (CD-IOP) to help adolescents’ recovery from substance abuse.  During the assessment and admission process, our clinical staff will determine the appropriate level of care for the youth.  Inpatient hospitalization is not a necessary requirement to be admitted into PHP or CD-IOP, youth may directly admit into PHP.  For more information on these Outpatient services, click here.

Referral

Private and confidential free assessments and referral information are provided at no charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Aurora San Diego Hospital's Assessment and Referral Department. For information about any of our Programs or Services or to schedule a free assessment, please call toll free at -888-565-4228 or 858-675-4228. Aurora San Diego Hospital's Assessment and Referral Department can also answer questions regarding funding.