Boys Town Psycho-Educational Treatment Model
Our programs base treatment on the nationally recognized Boys Town Psycho-Educational Treatment Model (PEM). This approach creates an atmosphere where medical, psychological and social treatment of children can be coordinated and interactions between children and each treatment professional are enhanced.
The hallmark of PEM is to “Catch kids being good” and reinforce this behavior at a higher rate than bad behavior. It is neither a punishment model nor a standard counseling model. Our goal is not to frustrate youth, but to help them learn to get their needs met in pro-social ways. This approach requires a low tolerance for inappropriate behaviors coupled with high warmth and praise for appropriate behaviors. Ours is a self-help model. It is not a control model. It is a youth empowerment model. And it works!
Within days of admission, a multidisciplinary team, led by the medical director/psychiatrist, develops a comprehensive treatment plan. Input from parents, guardians as well as clergy, teachers, therapists, coaches and other key individuals, are critical to developing a successful plan with the goal to reunify the child with the family. Secure, web-based technology facilitates real-time communication with the child’s team members if they are unable to attend the treatment meetings or family therapy sessions.
The team bases the individual's treatment plan on six areas:
- Psychiatric/medical diagnosis
- Family therapy
- Individual and group therapy
- Life Skills
- Qualitative and quantitative treatment data
The treatment team regularly evaluates progress and revises the plan based on the youth’s progress. The treatment program provides a well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum, including:
- Life skills building
- Individual family psychotherapy
- Group psychotherapy
- Health/gender groups
- Drug and alcohol prevention education
- Social skills building
- Therapeutic recreation
Family Centered Care
Parental involvement plays a critical role in the success of a child’s treatment and reunification with his family. We encourage parents, guardians, siblings and other family members who surround the child, to be involved in the child’s treatment and care plan.