Providing a Continuum of Trauma Informed Care
At Mount Saint Vincent, we believe in providing a continuum of trauma informed care. By offering an array of services under one roof, we can respond to a child’s needs more quickly and effectively.
What is part of the continuum?
Mount Saint Vincent delivers a range of programs and services. We provide home-like residential treatment in our three cottages for 36 girls and boys ages 5 to 12. This treatment option is for children so severely impacted by trauma, mental illness, neglect, or abuse that 24/7 care is required.
In our day treatment program, children receive individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy in accordance with their therapeutic needs. They also get creative arts therapy (art, movement, and music) as well as recreation and when appropriate, specialty therapies (EMDR and animal-assisted). The day treatment program provides psychiatric services and consultation for each child in the program as well. Children in day treatment are likewise enrolled in our Sister Daniel Stefani on-grounds school where they are taught by trained special education teachers.
Mount Saint Vincent also provides in-home therapy. Behavior therapists and behavior coaches offer both individual and family therapy in the home. The therapist works to transition the child’s success at Mount Saint Vincent to the home environment, strengthen communication and positive connection among family members, and provide developmentally appropriate parenting interventions.
Why is a continuum of care important?
Andrew had been in residential care at Mount Saint Vincent for two years. Having been through so much and in residential care so long, he craved to be in a caring and accepting forever home. Our staff knew him well, so when the day came for him to go to his new adoptive family, they were thrilled. After Andrew was adopted, he remained in Mount Saint Vincent’s day treatment program which assisted in the transition from residential care to his home placement. He took comfort in knowing that not everything in his world was changing at once. The MSV in-home treatment team also worked with Andrew and his adoptive family twice a week. The team shared our interventions with his new family – something Andrew was familiar with and had also helped him be safe and successful enough to transition into a home. Plus, their presence allowed him to feel comfortable about being in a new place. Eventually, Andrew discharged from both day treatment and in-home services and is now thriving in his adoptive home and in public school.
So, why is a continuum of care important? When a child is able to make slow and gradual transitions in their level of care, it is proven to be easier on the child, ultimately ensuring the successful reintegration of the child back into a family setting, thereby fulfilling our mission of strengthening families and children, making life better for generations to come.