What is group therapy?

Group therapy is a type of psychological therapy that is conducted with a group of people, rather than in a one-on-one session. This approach is sometimes used alone, but it is also commonly integrated into a comprehensive treatment plan that also includes individual therapy and medication.

vlcsnap-2013-05-16-13h41m36s249Group therapy can help anyone who is in need of mental health care. Like individual therapy, group therapy can benefit people with such conditions as anxiety, panic, depression, family problems, addictions, etc.

Groups can be as small as three or four people, but group therapy sessions generally involve around seven to twelve individuals (although it is possible to have more participants). The group typically meets once or twice each week for an hour or two. Group therapy sessions vary, but the basic format is a small group of patients meet on a regular basis to discuss their feelings and problems and provide mutual support.

The session is guided by a professional therapist who is specially trained in group therapy. The therapist acts as moderator and may suggest a “theme” or topic for the group’s discussion. Sometimes, the therapist will allow the group members to pick the topic for the session.

In a typical session, which lasts about 75-90 minutes, members work to express their own problems, feelings, ideas and reactions as freely and honestly as possible. Such exploration gives the group the important information needed to understand and help one another. Members learn not only to understand themselves and their own issues but also become “therapeutic helpers” for other members.

It’s not unusual to feel uneasy or embarrassed when first joining a group, but soon you begin to develop feelings of interest and trust. Most clients find that group therapy provides a great deal of relief because it allows them a chance to talk with others who are experiencing similar problems — in a private, confidential setting. Unlike individual therapy sessions, group therapy offers participants the opportunity to interact with others with similar issues in a safe, supportive environment.

sb10061547br-001People in group therapy improve not only from the interventions of the therapist, but also from observing others in the group and receiving feedback from group members. The group format, while not providing the one-on-one attention of individual formats, has several advantages.

Probably the biggest advantage of group therapy for mental health issues is in helping a patient realize that he or she is not alone — that there are other people who have similar problems. This is often a revelation, and a huge relief, to the person.

Additional benefits include:

  • Increased feedback Group therapy can provide the patient with feedback from other people. Getting different perspectives is often helpful in promoting growth and change.
  • Modeling By seeing how others handle similar problems, the patient can rapidly add new coping methods to his or her behaviors. This is beneficial in that it can Participants can try out new behaviors, role play, and engage with others give the patient a variety of perspectives on what seem to work and when.
  • Less expensive By treating several patients simultaneously, the therapist can reduce the usual fee. In most cases the cost of group therapy is about one-third that of individual therapy.
  • Improve social skills Since so much of our daily interaction is with other people, many people learn to improve their social skills in group therapy (even though such an issue may not be the focus of the group). The group leader, a therapist, often helps people to learn to communicate more clearly and effectively with one another in the group context. This is inevitably leads to people learning new social skills which they can generalize and use in all of their relationships with others.

There are clinicians and researchers who also claim that the group psychotherapy process produces stronger and longer-lasting results for many people, as compared to individual psychotherapy.

Aurora Behavioral Health Services offer a wide variety of group therapy. If you or someone you know would benefit from group therapy, please contact Aurora Behavioral Health Services at 1-877-666-7223 or visit our web site at Aurora Behavioral Health Services. 


Is your child ready for the new school year?

Back to school sales are being promoted already in just about every retail store. Is it really time to start planning for the new school year?

Kradwell School offers these tips for making a smooth transition from summer vacation to new school year.

One of the best ideas is to keep a child’s mind sharp when not in school. Use the summer to read, access a local library, engage in a science project at home or visit a museum for a fun history lesson.

Similarly, kids who don’t write during the summer have to relearn to write (and spell) when school starts. Practice handwriting and spelling. Correct the spelling and ask for neat handwriting Here are a few ideas:

  • Have them write a few sentences about what they’ve done that day or week.
  • Write letters to friends or relatives
  • Encourage kids to write thank you notes
  • Teach your child how to write and send an email message
  • Create a family newsletter or blog
  • Suggest your child keep a journal

Before your child starts kindergarten, it would be GREAT if they could write their name correctly, know their numbers to 20, say the alphabet (and letter sounds), and know basic shapes and colors.

Find out about your child’s school.  Whether your child is returning to the same school or starting at a new one, it’s always a good idea to be aware of any changes at the school. Is there a new principal? What’s going on with the curriculum?

As most school districts start in September, schools tend to be open a month before. You can call the school directly and speak with an administrator or visit the school for information.

Whether you attend an “open house” or schedule a one-on-one conference, you should meet with your child’s teachers. By talking with your child’s teachers and/or going to the Department of Education Web site for your state, you can also find out key benchmarks on the academic calendar, such as which tests are administered and when. The teacher may also be able to provide you with a copy of a lesson plan or syllabus that gives you an idea of what will be taught in class.

You should also tour of the building-be aware of all the facilities your child may come into contact with. And don’t forget the guidance counselor. That person will be another key ally for you and your child. Guidance counselors have access to all of your child’s academic records. They also have knowledge of programs to help your child in and out of school. They’re also trained to provide basic counseling services to your child if he is having problems in school.

 Get your child into the back-to-school routine. During the summer, staying up late and sleeping in are the norm. But as the start of school draws near, children need to get back into a routine.

About three weeks before school starts, have your child go to bed 15 minutes earlier at night and get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning. When school is two weeks away, have your child go to bed 30 minutes earlier at night and get up thirty minutes earlier in the morning. When your child is about to start school in a week, have him go to bed an hour earlier at night and get up an hour earlier in the morning.

Kradwell School is dedicated to serving the needs of students in 5th through 12th grade who have experienced overwhelming difficulties in traditional educational environments.

By developing a bedtime routine, your child will be less resistant to the early morning wake-up calls to get ready for school. In addition, you can prepare the evening before for morning routines surrounding starting school each year.

Select clothing, including shoes and socks, and have them laid out. Hair accessories, backpacks zipped and ready, lunches made or at least decisions about what will be in the lunch, and determining weather-appropriate attire helps to minimize morning madness. Having a set place for backpacks minimizes lost homework or missing items in the harried morning routine.

Make sure your child gets enough sleep. Sleep experts from the National Sleep Foundation say that kids need their rest to perform well at school. Follow their practical tips for setting your kids’ back-to-school sleep clocks at least two weeks before the school year begins.Pre-school and school-age children should receive 10-11 hours of sleep each night. Establish those bedtime requirements, and then stick to it.

Organize your family’s time. As appointments and daily schedules for the year form, take note of them and write them down. Use a large calendar to keep track of schedules and events or place a weekly schedule for each person on the refrigerator or other prominent place in your home. Make a habit of checking it twice a day – in the morning and at night. Teach this habit to all of your family members.

Buy and organize school supplies.  Depending on your child’s grade level (K0-12), the type of supplies needed will vary. Some schools send a list out a couple of weeks before the school year. If no such list is provided, many stores provide free school supply lists for their customers. They’re pretty concise and arranged by grade level. Be prepared to have to go out and purchase something else the night of the first day of school. There is always one teacher who requires a certain supply but doesn’t let their students know until the first day of school.

Set goals and expectations. The start of the school year is a wonderful time to re-examine school performance – both academically and extra curricular activities. Remember to set doable goals and try not to over stress your teenager. Be sure to set the time for homework-establish a learning schedule, including parameters for homework.

Setting aside a designated period of time after school or in the early evening that is to be used only for schoolwork is a strategy that has been proven effective for many students. There are several factors that can influence the decision about which time is best. Some children, for example, may complete homework more successfully by beginning immediately after school, leaving the rest of the late afternoon and evening for other activities. Others may need time to “wind down” after being in school all day before they’re relaxed and focused enough to complete homework successfully.

Emphasize the positive. Kids pick up on your attitude. If you complain about shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies, they’ll pick up on it. If you speak negatively about your child’s teacher, they will start the year thinking negatively about him or her. Instead, identify what excites your child and focus on that. Talk to each other about the school year coming up and reaffirm with your child that you are there to help whenever help is needed-be sure to tell your child this and don’t assume they already know. It is easier to handle stress from outside sources – like school – when you know someone is on your side.

Don’t wear them out! Kids who are signed up for five different summer camps, tutoring, piano lessons, and ballet will never get the ‘break’ that comes with summer break! Give them downtime. Let them play. Let them sit around and say ‘I’m bored’ every once in a while. This advice should also be applied year-round. Limit our kids to 1-2 extracurricular activities at a time during the school year. As they get older, maybe they’ll show that they can handle more or less than that. Let your child know that school is their main priority and biggest responsibility.

Kradwell School is a private, nontraditional, nonsectarian fifth through twelfth grade Program. Kradwell School is dedicated to providing a child-centered, flexible, educational environment that meets the diverse academic, emotional and social needs of students.

Fall enrollment is now underway (2012-2013).Contact Leslie Newman 414-395-8125 or mail leslie.newman@aurora.org to arrange a visit to Kradwell School.  Openings are available in both the middle and high school programs. For more details about Kradwell School, enrollment information and a video tour of Kradwell school, visit www.kradwell.org.

Healthy learning, healthier kids: choose Kradwell School this summer

The beautiful grounds of Kradwell School provide an excellent place for summer learning.

Did you child struggle with school this year? The most recent NAEP (National Assessment on Educational Progress) assessments indicate that less than one-third of U.S. fourth graders are proficient in reading, mathematics, science, and American History.

Summer school is a great opportunity to gain some lost ground. Students who are weak in a subject area, perhaps Math, Science or English,  improve their GPA’s by taking these courses during the summer and concentrate on their other courses during the regular school year, in addition to freeing up their schedules for Art, Band,Theater and Sports opportunities.  It is possible to complete an entire course  of geometry, algebra, biology, chemistry, US history or English during summer school.

Kradwell School is now enrolling for Summer School. Kradwell Summer School provides the opportunity for makeup, enrichment, remediation and social skills development.  Students grades 5 through 12 receive individualized instruction in classes with a 5/1 student/teacher ratio.

The summer program runs from June 19 through August 2 and is often recommended to parents and students because the entire middle and high school core curriculum is available. Kradwell is the only summer school program that offers the entire academic curriculumNew this year is a Social Skills class that incorporates classroom and experiential learning.

Kradwell offers the right balance of challenging academics in a fun and dynamic setting while providing the best opportunity for starting the fall semester with a stronger academic base.

Benefits of the Kradwell Summer School program include

  • Individualized instruction with a 5:1 student teacher ratio
  • Flexible scheduling and experienced teachers
  • Weekly progress notes from each teacher are posted online
  • Instruction for kids of all abilities, including gifted and talented
  • New this year: Social Skills class designed for higher functioning autistic children

Is Kradwell right for your child? Visit our YouTube playlist to hear from Kradwell School graduates, parents and instructors themselves.

For additional Summer School enrollment information or to make a referral, contact Program Coordinator Leslie Newman at 414-454-6593 or leslie.newman@aurora.org

Linda White named among 2012 Nurses of the Year

Congratulations to Linda White, an RN at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, on being named Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel Nurse of the Year!!

Linda began her caregiving experience as an aide in the 1970s at Glendale Nursing Home and the Comprehensive Health Care Facility in Sheboygan County.

Her peers needed to encourage her to go to Nursing School and she eventually signed up and was put on a 3 year waiting list. While on the waiting list Linda took class after class to prepare herself for clinical experiences.

Linda became a Registered Nurse in 1981. She worked on the Behavioral Health unit at Sheboygan Memorial for 5 years before taking her next job at Family Hospital in Milwaukee on the Geropsych unit. Family Hospital closed and Linda moved with the Geropsych program to Good Samaritan Hospital.

When Good Samaritan closed Linda became the Charge Nurse on the Geropsych unit at Aurora Sinai. In 2003 APH was blessed to welcome Linda and several of her peers as the Behavioral Health units at Aurora Sinai and SLMC were closed. Linda and her peers brought years of experience to our current Center of Excellence at APH.

Personally Linda is involved in her church and participates in the Women’s Retreats as the creative arts person. Linda is a fabulous cook and baker. She takes orders for her bakery and she shares them with staff and patients at APH. They are truly works of art and people feel guilty eating them.

Linda raised three daughters as a single mother, has 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. She lives in Sheboygan County on her 35 acre farm where she raises chickens, horses, steers, and soon goats. Plans to build a goat house are in the works. Linda has 8 gardens going at any time during the Wisconsin growing season. And yes, she works full time.

The attention of this award is a little overwhelming for Linda as she is quite humble. She said, “Knowing I have helped someone else is important to me. Many people just want to be listened to. We all need to take the time to listen more. Just sit down and listen.”

I like to believe that Linda is someone who has discovered her gifts and unselfishly shares them with others. We are lucky and blessed to have Linda in our profession.  Congratulations, Linda!

Aurora Behavioral Health Services offers complete mental health treatment options, provided by highly trained professionals in a caring, confidential manner to meet individual and family needs.  If you or someone you know needs help, contact us — online or by phone at 1-877-666-7223 — as soon as possible.

Are your parenting skills effective?

Are your parenting skills effective? Ken Christian, LCSW, a therapist with Aurora Behavioral Health Services, offers some time to developing good relationships with your children.

By today’s standards the traditional family is quite different than it was a generation ago. In the “old days”, dad went off to work while mom stayed home to take care of the children. When dad came home in the evening, the family would have a dinner together. This traditional family setting, as we once knew it, is in danger of extinction.

Today, increases in the divorce rate, two income families, and single-parent families have prompted changes in values and traditional parent roles.  The focus among parents and children has shifted to activities outside the home – kids are doing one thing and parents are doing another. As a result, families are spending less time together.

Parents may be unable to control these societal changes, but with the proper “tools”, they can maintain their own values in the home and develop or maintain closer relationships with their children.

If you are a parent -married, single or divorced- you know it can be difficult to maintain a harmonious relationship with your child. There are a few things you can do to help lay the groundwork for a happy, healthy household:

  1. Focus on developing good communication and listening skills and be honest with your child. If you make a mistake, admit to it. It’s okay to let them know you’re human.
  2. Set expectations and limits for children. Make it clear what the expectations and consequences are, and stick to them. Many parents can fall into the trap of not being consistent and not following through on what they say. Remember – kids can be masters of manipulation. They may say things like “I hate you” or “you’re not fair”. At times you will feel guilty and want to give in. If you say you are going to ground your child if they do not take out the garbage – then do it.
  3. Work toward building your children’s self-esteem. In the long run it will help your relationship with them and help their relationships with others.
  4. Be a good role model. Don’t fall into the “do as I say, not as I do” trap. An example of this is: If you swear when you get upset, your child thinks it is okay to swear too. But when your child swears, they get scolded. Try to avoid sending mixed messages.
  5. Maintain control without turning things into a battleground. When your children reach their teens they will start challenging your judgment. For example, if your teenager wants to say out past midnight but doesn’t know where they will be, you might be inclined to say you don’t want them out past that time. Your teenager might respond by saying “Jimmy’s parents let him stay out past midnight without knowing where he’ll be”. You might respond by saying, “That’s not me. I value knowing where you are going to be and it’s important for me to know because I care about you”. Remember, you don’t always have to defend yourself or your actions. Saying “no” sometimes – and sticking to it – is all you need to do. Children need to learn how to handle hearing “no” for an answer. It is important that children recognize your values and their importance in your life.

If you are experiencing conflict with your children, or if you feel your child is out of control, contact Aurora Psychiatric Hospital. Our Child & Adolescent Day Treatment program can be the perfect resource.

What if you don’t need hospitalization? PHP: an alternative to inpatient mental health care.

For people who do not need to be hospitalized for behavioral health issues like anxiety, depression, bipolar or post traumatic stress disorder, but who have serious symptoms that are impacting their ability to cope with a daily routine, there is Partial Hospitalization. Partial Hospitalization (PHP.)

PHP is a great alternative to inpatient care, with a more flexible schedule, and is also more cost-effective. Yet many people are still unaware that PHP exists. It’s a fairly new concept in mental health care, having become available within the last 10-15 years.

Partial Hospitalization provides clinically equivalent mental healthcare at a much lower cost than inpatient treatment. According to the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare, direct cost savings over inpatient benefits are usually 40 to 60 percent — and more than 60 percent in some instances. There are additional benefits because an employee involved in PHP treatment may be able to work on at least a limited basis, thus maintaining productivity.

Partial hospitalization dates back to the 1960s, when a small group of clinicians believed that individuals with acute mental illness would have a better chance of recovery and healthy functioning if they were allowed to pursue their treatment in the same communities where they worked, went to school, or maintained their family relationships.

“Our program provides the resources available to an inpatient without being completely isolated from your life” explains Marlyene Pfeiffer, LCSW, CSAC, and program psychotherapist at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital. “It’s an alternative to inpatient care, or a nice transition toward home for those ready to be discharged from the hospital.”

Partial Hospital programs help individuals develop and strengthen coping and healthy living skills – from healthy eating and regular exercise, to better sleep habits. Patients come in during the day and go home to their families in the evening. This allows them to practice the new skills they’ve learned, while also promoting their newfound confidence and independence.

Click here for more information about the Partial Hospitalization Program at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital call 414-773-4312.

               Join us at our Open House on Thursday, February 16!

The Behavioral Health program at Aurora St Luke’s South Shore Hospital is also implementing a new partial hospitalization program starting February 20. Join us for an Open House to tour the facility and meet our staff.

Aurora Behavioral Health Services offers complete mental health treatment options, provided by highly trained professionals in a caring, confidential manner to meet individual and family needs.  If you or someone you know needs help, contact us — online or by phone at 1-877-666-7223 — as soon as possible.

Caregivers bring holidays home for hospitalized children

How would you feel if you were hospitalized over the holidays?  Our young patients especially miss the traditions and treats of the seasonal celebrations.

At a time when they cannot share the holiday with their families, familiar holiday activities can be so comforting to a child who is hospitalized.

Offering the annual Santa & Rein-dog event at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital is one way of providing comfort to our patients. So on a Saturday in December, the caregivers at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital helped to make the patient experience a little more merry.

Many traditional family activities were offered, providing that “feeling of home”, including watching Frosty the Snowman and other holiday videos, and visits with Santa. Creative activities – like decorating your own graham cracker gingerbread house, and creating adorable felt ornaments to take home – offered the healing benefits of art therapy.

Children were also inspired to help other children in need by creating a tied fleece blanket, which was donated to a local community children’s organization. What a great way to demonstrate kindness and gratitude to our young patients.

Volunteer pets, disguised as Santa’s Reindeer, joined the celebration. The therapy dogs regularly visit our child inpatient units, and make a difference for our patients throughout the year, so it was natural to include them in this special event. The dogs are a nurturing, fuzzy friend to many of the children hospitalized at our facility.

Other familiar guests were on hand to make the children feel special.  North Pole Elves and The Gingerbread Man greeted the children and gave them extra attention, adding to the family atmosphere.

I feel lucky to work at a facility which puts the patients’ needs above all, and I thank our caregivers for providing this example of exceptional patient care.

Aurora Psychiatric Hospital offers an ideal setting for individuals struggling with mental health and substance abuse problems. Located on a beautiful, 30-acre wooded campus in Wauwatosa, Aurora Psychiatric Hospital has been a leader in behavioral health care since 1884. Find out more about Aurora Psychiatric Hospital.

For your mind and body, integrated care is the best medicine

Recently, the Behavioral Health unit at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore Hospital demonstrated the life-saving benefits of an integrated health care system.

After attempting suicide with carbon monoxide from the car in their garage, a patient was admitted to the behavioral health unit at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore Hospital.  While this may be a familiar scenario to the behavioral health team, the fact that the patient had an Left Ventricular Assistive Device (LVAD) made it unusual.  Patients with this device are usually awaiting a heart transplant and may have other medical issues as well.

Caring for a patient with a ventricular assist device is a rarity on behavioral health units.  The team knew that the best place for the patient was on the behavioral health unit, but the nursing staff was unfamiliar with how to care for someone with that level of medical equipment.

This is where being at Aurora Health Care rather than any other organization makes a huge difference.  Because of dedicated caregivers and the willingness to have a positive patient outcome, two departments (the Cardiac Device Program at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and the Behavioral Health team at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore) coordinated the patient’s transfer and stay on behavioral health.  This included staff education to know how the ventricular assist device works, what is involved in the patient’s care, possible risks, and how to access resources in an emergency.

Behavioral health staff was receptive and willing to learn quickly and, together with the clinical engineer, assessed the device, the need for auxiliary power in case of a power outage, and its potential suicide risks for the patient and others on the unit.  The patient also was familiar with the clinical engineer and appeared somewhat less anxious, knowing that his care was being well coordinated and that he would be in good hands while on the behavioral health unit.

While the patient signed out the next day, he left knowing that the behavioral health team puts the patient first, always.

Aurora Behavioral Health Services offers complete mental health treatment options in a caring, confidential environment.  If you find you may be struggling with stress that is causing significant physical or emotional impairment in your lifecontact us — online or by phone at 1-877-666-7223 — as soon as possible.

How does mental wellness affect a pregnancy?

In today’s blog, we provide this wonderful example of integrated medicine at Aurora Health Care.

I have a patient who is pregnant in the last 5 weeks of her pregnancy.  She is a “high-risk” patient, as her previous pregnancy did not go well with regards to a breach birth and her own blood pressure elevating to the point where she needed to be put on blood pressure medication to bring it down.

She was referred by her OB GYN for anxiety – as each week she has been going in for her blood pressure check she has been extremely elevated resulting in subsequent tests to determine if the baby is doing well. We have worked together with deep breathing and visualization to assist in lowering her blood pressure.  We have worked in coordination with her doctor’s office to have her blood pressure taken in our office.

Now her blood pressure has been in the “normal” range and no further tests have had to be conducted on the baby – further provoking anxiety in the mother.

The patient is ecstatic that she has been able to lower her blood pressure with the techniques.  We will continue to work in collaboration with her doctor’s office up until she delivers the baby.  As an added service, since she is having the baby here in our facility I am able to offer to her the ability to visit her in the hospital if she needs me.

Weeks later, here is the follow up:

The baby has been born.  I went down to visit them in the hospital here – Mom, baby, Dad, and baby brother are all doing fine. Mom and Dad were very appreciative for the visit and will be coming back in after they are all settled in for some brief additional extended family work.

Integrative medicine is a philosophy of care that puts the patient at the center and addresses the full range of physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental influences affecting a person’s health. Aurora Health Care’s integrated delivery model helps us to coordinate and simplify care, improve quality, keep costs down and improve our patients’ overall health care experience.

Aurora Behavioral Health Services offers complete mental health treatment options in a caring, confidential environment.  If you find you may be struggling with stress that is causing significant physical or emotional impairment in your lifecontact us — online or by phone at 1-877-666-7223 — as soon as possible.

Cold noses, warm hearts: pets support the healing experience

A little girl on the inpatient child and adolescent unit at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital felt very alone and afraid. Despite many efforts, the staff was having great difficulty getting her to interact with anyone. Then she received an unexpected visit from Terry Heun and her dog, Imagine.

Immediately upon seeing the dog, the little girl’s eyes lit up as she moved towards the dog and began to pet him. Sensing Imagine’s quiet, welcoming and non-judgmental energy, the little girl’s confidence grew as she reached for the dog’s leash and began to silently mouth his name. All who were watching witnessed first hand the healing power of the bond between humans and animals. This happened on the very first pet therapy visit held at Aurora Psychiatric Hospital.

Over 3 years ago, Aurora Psychiatric Hospital implemented animal assisted therapy in the inpatient treatment programs.

Through a partnership with Pets Helping People, a local organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with special needs by conducting volunteer pet facilitated therapy, pet-handler teams were identified to launch a pilot program.

The program was an instant hit. It didn’t take long for everyone to witness the healing power of a wet nose and wagging tail. Within just six short months, the program had grown from three teams visiting one program one day a week, to six teams visiting all inpatient programs, children and adults. The success of the program is attributed to each and every volunteer handler-pet team. Each team brings their own sense of self and flavor to the program. Some teams do tricks, some play ball, some sit on the floor quietly and just talk.

Patients share a variety of feelings with the volunteer pet handlers. They express their gratitude for helping them forget about their pain. The dogs also help them feel relaxed and accepted. Other patients who have or had dogs are reminded of special memories when they meet the therapy dogs. And the dogs often help kids of all ages come out of their shells and fill them with joy.

While the dogs are certified pet therapy animals, so much of their skills come naturally. The dogs are not taught how to react to the patients – they instinctively know. The dogs just sense the needs of each patient. They can be a bundle of energy or calm and relaxed depending on the person.

Find out more about our Child and Adolescent Treatment Program.

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Aurora Behavioral Health Services offers complete mental health treatment options, provided by highly trained professionals in a caring, confidential manner to meet individual and family needs. If you or someone you know needs help, contact us — online or by phone at 1-877-666-7223 — as soon as possible.