Millcreek of Pontotoc Treatment Center is a residential behavioral health clinic for children, teens, and young adults in northern Mississippi. Our dedicated, experienced staff provides individualized treatment to help young people lead healthier, more productive lives.
Learn more about conduct disorder treatment at Millcreek of Pontotoc
Conduct disorder is defined as a repetitive and persistent pattern of defiant behaviors that violates established rules of society. This disorder can cause significant impairment in a child’s or teen’s life often causing problems at school and at home. The symptoms associated with this disorder are broken down into four groups: aggressive conduct, non-aggressive behavior that causes damage, deceitfulness and theft, and finally serious violation of the rules. Youth with conduct disorder often have trouble feeling and expressing empathy or remorse as well as reading social cues. They often interpret the actions of others as being hostile and many times respond by escalating the situation into a conflict. Additionally, children or teens with conduct disorder tend to be impulsive, hard to control, and not concerned about the feelings of others.
At Millcreek of Pontotoc, a conduct disorder treatment clinic in North Mississippi, we recognize the unique, and often overwhelming, challenges that come with having a child or teen who is afflicted by conduct disorder. Remaining sensitive to the needs of this population of children, we offer specialized conduct disorder treatment at our treatment center that is tailored to meet the individual needs of each child or teen who is entrusted into our care. Situated on 18 beautifully shaded acres of serene landscape, our 51-bed psychiatric residential treatment clinic in North Mississippi provides caring and compassionate conduct disorder treatment for children and teens between the ages of 6 and 20 who are struggling with an array of mental, emotional, and/or behavioral concerns. In our safe and secure conduct disorder treatment clinic, the behavioral and educational needs of emotionally disturbed children and adolescents can be addressed while they develop the skills needed to manage their symptoms, overcome any negative thought patterns, and take the first step towards a better future.
Helping your child or teen get treatment
As a parent it is important to recognize when your child or teen is displaying behaviors that indicate conduct disorder. If you are concerned about whether your child may have conduct disorder there are a number of different symptoms to look out for. These include:
- Breaking rules without any reason
- Cruel or aggressive behavior toward people or animals
- Heavy drinking and/or drug use
- Refusing to go to school
- Frequently lying
- Running away
- Vandalizing or destroying property
- Setting fires
If you recognize any of these symptoms it is important that you seek professional help as soon as possible. Some additional things you can do include:
- Learn more about conduct disorder, including effective treatment options
- Consult with a mental health professional who has experience working with children and this type of disorder
- Explore all available treatment options. Make sure you find a treatment program that will meet all of your child’s specific needs
- Find family support
Why consider treatment for conduct disorder at Millcreek of Pontotoc in North Mississippi
The symptoms of conduct disorder are both problematic and chronic. They usually occur quite often and are consistently distressing across time, settings, and families. This leads to a child with this disorder to function poorly in a variety of places. They can go on to develop personality disorders in adulthood. If not properly treated at a conduct disorder treatment clinic, the symptoms of this disorder will only get worse and they consequences can follow a child throughout their life. The sooner that treatment for conduct disorder at a clinic is started, the more likely a child or teen will learn adaptive behavior and avoid potential complications.
Residential conduct disorder treatment at our treatment clinic in North Mississippi has proven to be effective in helping children and adolescents get their violent behaviors under control. By taking part in a residential conduct disorder treatment center, children or teens are able to gain the additional support of peers who may be facing similar struggles, helping them develop a sense of confidence and finding comfort in knowing that they are not alone. Additionally, a conduct disorder treatment program at our treatment clinic involves the entire family so everyone can work together to improve the overall functioning of the child.
Millcreek of Pontotoc's treatment philosophy and benefits
At Millcreek of Pontotoc, a conduct disorder treatment center in North Mississippi, we are dedicated to helping children or teens lead healthier, more productive lives. By using a multidisciplinary approach to care at our treatment clinic, we are able to provide our patients comprehensive conduct disorder treatment plans that integrate their specific developmental, emotional, behavioral, and educational needs into their individualized plans of action for receiving thorough care. All children and adolescents in our residential treatment clinic benefit from having their own treatment teams which are comprised of psychiatrists, clinical therapists, nurses, teachers, and other healthcare professionals in our center who formulate their treatment plans in conjunction with parents or guardians. When your child or adolescent comes to our conduct disorder treatment clinic at Millcreek of Pontotoc, you can rest assured that they will be provided with the most optimal level of treatment possible in order to ensure that they leave treatment feeling successful, enriched, and fully prepared for the future.
Types of conduct disorder treatment offered at Millcreek of Pontotoc in North Mississippi
At Millcreek of Pontotoc, a conduct disorder treatment clinic in North Mississippi, we understand that sending your child or teen to residential treatment can be difficult and the whole process can be extremely overwhelming. This is why we strive to make the admissions procedure as smooth and easy as possible. In an effort to be extremely accommodating, our highly trained and qualified staff at our treatment clinic is able to conduct psychosocial assessments over the phone, or in person. Once admitted for care at our treatment center, every child and adolescent will undergo a thorough evaluation process that includes physical, educational, psychological, and psychiatric assessments. The results will be added to the information provided by the initial psychosocial assessment and developed into a conduct disorder treatment plan. This thorough evaluation process allows the staff at our treatment clinic in North Mississippi to gain a full understanding of each child’s unique developmental, emotional, and educational needs. The various aspects of the therapeutic interventions that your child or teen will be given as part of their treatment plan may include the following:
Medication management: In some instances, medication is used and may be effective in controlling aggressive behaviors. Each child or teen will meet with a psychiatrist at our clinic at least once each week in order to ensure the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that are prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary.
Individual therapy: Individual therapy sessions are held for 60 minutes at least once each week and are designed to be a time for children to meet one-on-one with their therapists in order to discuss any concerns they have, to track treatment goals, and to work on personal skills-building. Additional sessions can always be added depending on a child’s needs or when specifically requested.
Group therapy: Children and adolescents in our residential treatment center participate in 60 minute group therapy sessions five times each week. The majority of the groups are based on a cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach and include discussions on topics such as goal-setting, social skills, peer pressure, aggression, following rules, and bullying. All group topics are tailored to address specific issues that pertain to the children or teens participating in each particular group, so the topics will vary.
Family therapy: At Millcreek of Pontotoc, located in North Mississippi, we believe that family involvement is paramount in getting successful conduct disorder treatment. Patients and their families participate in 60 minute family therapy sessions at our treatment center at least twice each month. However, additional family sessions can be added at any time depending on a patient’s needs or when requested. For the treatment of conduct disorder family involvement is critical in order to ensure successful recovery.
Clinical staffings: Each child or adolescent in our residential treatment clinic is provided with two staffings during their first month at Millcreek, and in one staffing per month for each subsequent month that they are in our care. These staffings provide patients and their parents or guardians with specified times to meet with their treatment team in order to discuss the child’s progress in all areas of treatment, including therapeutically and academically.
Experiential therapy: In order to provide a well-rounded treatment approach, all patients are provided with additional therapeutic options as part of their conduct disorder treatment plans. These options include play therapy, art therapy, and daily recreational therapy.
Education: While participating in treatment at our conduct disorder treatment clinic in North Mississippi, all patients will attend our fully accredited, onsite therapeutic day school. Classes are held from 8:00am-11:00am every day, at which time children break for an hour of group therapy and then have lunch. After lunch, children return to class from 12:30pm-2:00pm. All classes at our clinic are taught by teachers who are certified to teach children with special needs, and classes are held in small classrooms with low student-to-teacher ratios in order to ensure that all academic needs are fully addressed.
Continuing care and levels of treatment for conduct disorder
At Millcreek of Pontotoc, a conduct disorder treatment center in north Mississippi, discharge planning starts at the time of admission. Throughout the course of conduct disorder treatment, each patient’s progress is closely monitored in order to make sure that all treatment goals are successfully reached and that appropriate recommendations for aftercare can be made. All referrals for aftercare services are made based solely on each patient’s present level of functioning at the time of discharge, as well as based on their skills set and the challenges that they may still be facing. Our staff at our conduct disorder treatment clinic will work with each patient and their family in order to set up any aftercare appointments or services that will help the patient remain successful. Additionally, when it is appropriate, our treatment center’s staff can work with adolescents in getting them set up with part-time jobs following their discharge.
For those families who are still in need of intensive services, but whose children no longer requires our residential conduct disorder treatment clinic, we often refer them to MYPAC in order to facilitate wraparound services. MYPAC stands for Mississippi Youth Program Around the Clock and is an intensive wraparound service that provides patients and their families with home therapy services.
Some patients will benefit from transitioning from our residential conduct disorder treatment clinic to our therapeutic day school treatment program as part of their step-down process as they re-integrate back into their home lives. Patients taking part in this programming option at our clinic in North Mississippi will receive weekly group and individual therapy sessions, along with monthly family therapy sessions and multidisciplinary treatment team meetings with their psychiatrist.