The primary focus for residents admitted for treatment programming is to concentrate on individually identified areas of need. The Eau Claire Academy individualizes programming so that each resident's discharge time frame is the most appropriate for them.
The Individual Treatment Plan focuses on at least the following areas:
- Personal and social development
- Independent living skills/adaptive functioning
As appropriate, focus is added to the treatment plan to include alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA), and/or sexual acting out behaviors. The extent of focus for all of the treatment plan areas is determined by the placing agency's identification of outcomes desired. The individual needs of the resident will determine the extent of services.
The Clinical team has a passion for innovative and effective evidence based treatment modalities which include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Aggression Replacement Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Pet Therapy/Equine Therapy
Determining factors include:
- Resident investment in treatment
- Agency identified desired outcomes
- Resident ability to be successful in a less structured setting
- Availability of a viable discharge resource
- Resident age
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Case management
- Residential program
- Family Therapy
Trauma Sensitive Care
All clients at the Academy are provided with Trauma Sensitive Care and are assessed for any history of trauma. The Academy carefully monitors the effects of programming and interventions to monitor the effects of trauma. Use of multi-sensory approaches is an important part of this work, teaching residents to identify and monitor their own trauma reactions. Clients are also taught and prompted to use healthy coping skills, many of which are sensory in nature. The Multi-Sensory De-Escalation Rooms at the Academy are helpful in teaching clients to use their senses to soothe themselves in a healthy way.
Clients who may have more extensive trauma histories can be provided with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy. For some clients, use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Therapy is an effective method of treating past trauma.