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Female Trauma-focused Therapy

Safe Haven Female Dialectical Behavior Program

Safe Haven is a program within Heartland Behavioral Health Services and provides inpatient treatment for girls ages 12 to 17. This female-centered Dialectical Behavior Program offers a refuge for victims of trauma. Treatment includes a holistic approach to the recovery of trauma-related behaviors. These behaviors fall primarily within the category of self-injury. Self-injurious behaviors may include, but are not limited to, cutting, burning, unhealthy sexual practices or restriction of food. In conjunction with the treatment of self-injurious behavior, the underlying issues of the post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety are addressed through a variety of treatment modalities. Treatment planning assists patients with developing healthy alternatives to tolerating emotional distress. Empowerment is a key component, as well as providing patients with an opportunity to feel a form of healthy control. Patients learn to develop a sense of trust for themselves and for those around them.

Safe Haven emphasizes natural control rather than control incited by the use of medications. It is important for patients to gain insight into their emotions and to be free of certain medications that mask the patient’s control. While there are effective medications to assist with the symptoms of trauma, the treatment team will recommend these sparingly. The use of PRN medications (medicines that are taken “as needed”) will only be utilized after the patient attempts all other avenues of managing the emotional distress.

The holistic approach to treatment includes:

  • A structured, non-threatening inpatient milieu
  • Comprehensive assessment of needs
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as a primary treatment
  • Skill-building focused on impulse identification and control
  • Education focused on distress tolerance skills, and emotion regulation methods
  • Expressive therapy focused on art, literature, drama and recreation
  • Relaxation techniques utilizing visualization and yoga
  • Nutrition education and practice
  • Case management and aftercare planning to the patient’s home community

See a sample schedule of the Female Trauma-Focused Therapy Program here.

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