The male and female psychiatric units at Perimeter of Missouri are a blend of individualized care and therapeutic intervention for children ages (13 -18). We provide a gender specific environment that incorporates proven clinical methods to help adolescents cultivate their strengths and become productive members of the community. Clearly defined expectations allow residents to achieve rewards through positive participation and behavior while increasing age-appropriate social skills through interaction with other adolescents and residential treatment staff.
Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Clinical Social workers drive our therapeutic milieu. They provide three group therapy sessions each week, at least two individual therapy sessions each week and two- family therapy sessions per month. Each resident is also assigned a case manager to facilitate the communication between the resident and the parent/placing agency. Our extensively trained youth care staff also provide daily life and social skill building groups on the unit multiple times per day. Recreation therapy and expressive arts also play a vital role in our program. We feel that quality structured activity/art therapy provides a safe place for kids to practice teamwork, build self-esteem and resolve trust issues that have been diminished through years of traumatic events.
Our Sexual Aggressive Youth Program (SAY) for male adolescents ages (13-18) is based on a Relapse Prevention Model and the theory that sexuality and sexual identity are multi-faceted in their development and expression. We have developed a comprehensive treatment approach that focuses not only on the skills for managing sexual behavior and impulses, but also social and communication skills through the examination of cognitive distortions, relationship development, emotional expression, and development of empathy. We incorporate Trauma Informed Care, individual, group and family therapy, activity and recreation therapy and Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) a therapeutic model that provides effective support and treatment for our residents.
Our Transitional Living Program also referred to as The Bridge Program is for adolescents who are ready to transition from a high-level residential care setting to a less restrictive and more community-oriented setting. We utilize a residential staffing model, as well as provide the ability to live and work within a home-like setting. Residents can experience the challenges of independence with a guidance and support system that will build confidence and aid them turning failures into success. Ultimately, residents who are able to complete the program will build the confidence to see that the setbacks are not the end, but a step in the process of community-reintegration.
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Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is a therapeutic model that trains caregivers to provide effective support and treatment for at-risk children. Children and youth who are from hard places have often experienced complex developmental trauma, demonstrating an interactive set of psychological and behavioral issues. TBRI is a holistic, attachment-based, evidence based, and trauma informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. The three principles of TBRI include: Empowering Principles (addressing the physical needs of the child), Connecting Principles (addressing the attachment needs of the child) and the Correcting Principles (addressing the fear-based behaviors of the child). We are very excited to provide TBRI to the communities we work with and help our children live a more healthy and positive life.
The referral process for the residential programs looks at more detailed information than our acute program starting with gathering criteria to determine level of care including a psychiatric and psychological evaluation, medical, physician and medication history, school information including an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and discharge summaries from any recent hospitalization.
Exclusion criteria includes Full-Scale Intelligence Quotient (FSIQ) below 70, pregnancy and medical issues that require extensive/ongoing attention by medical professionals.
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Perimeter of Missouri has partnered with Edmentum, an online/web-based education platform that allows us to develop a learning environment specific to each of our residents in order to promote successful learning. We follow traditional classes and provide fun and engaging, research-based teaching resources in language arts, math, science, and English as a second language (ESL). Or goal is to introduce products that ignite a lifelong love of learning for students of all ages and abilities.