The initial step in our treatment model is to clarify and diagnose the patient’s condition by conducting a mental health evaluation:
- Evaluation is administered by a mental health professional trained in children’s care.
- Parent/family involvement is expected and encouraged.
- After the evaluation, a course of treatment is recommended.
- At the appropriate time, a discharge summary is provided to the referring provider.
We believe that children want to overcome their problems, but many don’t know how. Our goal is to work with the child and their family to discover what is preventing them from overcoming obstacles and removing any roadblocks. Ever since Clarity was founded in 1886, our core value is to treat the children in our care with dignity, respect, and understanding.
Our Model of Care is based on the following three cornerstone values:
- Dignity - The quality or state of being worthy of esteem. We treat the patient with positive regard and worth regardless of age or symptoms. This is not something a patient earns; it is inherent and unchanging.
- Respect - To show regard for. We show respect for the patient unconditionally, regardless of the severity of symptoms and the patient’s inability to control their aggression and hostility. Courtesy and kindness are foundations of respect.
- Understanding - To maintain a constant curiosity about the patient and their symptoms. We avoid the trap of knowing what is best for the patient. We look beyond the obvious behaviors, such as aggression, self destruction, opposition, isolation and search for the underlying cause or deficit.
Kids do well when they can
This belief is key to working with kids in a collaborative manner. It is the assumption that when kids are equipped with what they need, they can be successful. When kids feel a fit between what they can do and the demands they perceive from the environment, they tend to do okay. When children or adolescents get into situations they feel they can’t handle, they don’t do well. Many times, the child may not understand what is happening. In Clarity's approach to care, this means that when a child is not doing well, as evidenced by a meltdown for instance, we need to understand why they can’t do well in that situation. We want to figure out the triggers and pathways that are causing the meltdowns.
Creating a therapeutic relationship with the children
Our patient population includes children dealing with:
- Poor frustration tolerance, emotional dysregulation
- Difficulty with attachment and socialization
Our role is to create a therapeutic relationship to facilitate and activate changes to help children overcome the effects of these difficulties. We do this by being open, warm, connected, and non-judgmental with patients. We also strive to be attuned to their feelings, thoughts, and attitudes.