The Willow treatment team encourages strong parental/family involvement. Upon admission, an initial family session is scheduled to take place within the first 24 hours of hospitalization. This allows the parents/guardians to speak freely with the patient and members of the treatment team and begin to address ongoing therapeutic needs right away. Family sessions are then held as often as needed until the patient is discharged. Parents and family are also allowed to visit during designated hours once a patient has been approved for "trust" level by the team.
Willow Unit provides a very structured environment, and patients participate in a variety of goal-directed therapeutic activities throughout the day, including:
- Group therapy
- Nursing groups
- Activities therapy
- Exercise groups
- Individual therapy
- Medication education groups
- Pet therapy
Participation within the therapeutic community is a vital part of your child's treatment. On Willow Unit, the patients are guided to assist others with their treatment. This gives opportunities for positive peer influence, and perhaps uncovers previously unseen leadership potential. In this manner, patients gain ownership of their own goals and treatment.
Parents/guardians will receive a handbook with more details on rules, visitation and therapy upon the patient's admission.
Willow School is a state-certified Category VII non-public school located within the unit. The school's educator/administrator is a master's degree level, licensed special education teacher. The educator strives to maintain contact with each student's home school; both to provide educational continuity for the child and to obtain useful collateral information. This collaboration is vital, as many students at Willow School are experiencing academic and/or social problems. A smooth transition back to school after a hospital stay helps to minimize stress for both the student and his/her family.
Additionally, the presence of a comprehensive school on the unit allows our staff members and physician the opportunity for direct observations of the child's behavior in a genuine classroom setting.
"Willow School exists to serve the unique academic, social and emotional needs of students who are going through a critical period in their lives."
Quotes from the Kids
"You have been a huge help to me. You have made me realize how important life really is."
"Thanks for all your help. You made a big difference in my life."
"All the staff were so nice and welcoming."
"I would very much recommend this place to any friend or person in need of help."
"I learned a lot about myself. I feel like I'm ready to live my life."