Residential Treatment Program for Male Children & Adolescents in Missouri – Ages 9 to 14

Lakeland Behavioral Health System provides focused, gender-specific care to ensure that boys ages 9 to 14 who have been struggling with mental health disorders receive the guidance and support that they need to achieve long-term recovery.

Our Residential Treatment Program

Our residential treatment program at Lakeland’s behavioral health clinic in Missouri for pre-adolescent and adolescent boys ages 9 to 14 is structured with activities designed to provide the best therapeutic care possible by using compassionate staff specifically trained to care for these residents.

The residential program features daily therapeutic activities provided in a controlled environment allowing the boys to practice new skills formulated for each individual’s needs. The activities are selected for their therapeutic value, with the younger male in mind.

Typical Day

The boys’ day starts with goals group and breakfast in the cafeteria. Next is trauma therapy group with the resident’s certified therapist. After a short break, the residents proceed to our on-site school for three hours of academic instruction. Then it’s off to the cafeteria for lunch and afterward a period of relaxation.

After another two hours of school, the residents have an hour of recreational therapy followed by supper in the cafeteria. After a staff presented group the residents are ready for showers and those that earn the privilege may have their activity boxes before bedtime.

Clinical Treatment Team

The multidisciplinary treatment team at Lakeland’s treatment clinic meets daily to access the needs of each resident. The team consists of Psychiatrist, Therapist, Nurse Manager, Unit Nurse, Unit Manager, Case Manager, Behavioral Health Technician, Teacher, and Recreational Therapy Therapist.

Our Therapy Groups

The Trauma Therapy groups are presented by licensed therapists who are the same therapists who provide individual therapy to your child.

  • Weekend Goal Setting/Goal Outcome – On Friday the individual chooses a goal to achieve for the weekend and on Monday the group processes the outcome with the therapist.
  • Activity Therapy (AT) –  Led by a certified physical therapist or licensed therapist. This group is usually held in one of our outdoor recreational areas as weather permits and involves organized athletic activities.
  • Anger Management – This group is led by qualified staff and focus is directed at why anger happens and how to better manage it.
  • Life Skills – Skills the residents will need post-treatment are presented in a group format. Interviewing for a job, filling out an employment application, household budgeting are a few of the topics presented.
  • Character building – Residents discuss why it is important to have strong character and how to build it.
  •  Relationships – What does it take to form and maintain a good relationship?
  •  Cooking Group – The resident will learn basic cooking techniques while practicing their social skills.
  • Coping Skills – Several methods of coping with stress and other crisis events are presented to the resident.
  • Personal Reflection – A group to encourage the resident to reflect on his life and how to work to improve it.
  • Assertiveness – The residents are taught the varied ways to respond socially in an assertive manner.
  • Creative Expression – Residents are provided craft materials express themselves in the creative process.

Our program for younger boys is special because of the flexibility of the program and staff. Except for regulatory requirements, staff can take advantage of “learning moments” and present groups that have become more relevant.

We turned to Lakeland Behavioral Health for treatment because their programs are the most well-equipped in the state.

– Ethan K.