Intensive Treatment for Adolescents and Children
Conveniently located near Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach (Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties), NBI’s Intensive Treatment Program for OCD was developed to meet the needs of local, out-of-town and international children and adolescents as an alternative to inpatient treatment. It was designed to provide participants with the level of services and education necessary to address their current symptoms and improve their level of functioning. The program was developed to meet the needs of those who lack access to specialized care where they reside, or whose symptom severity requires intensive care. This program was also designed for those children and adolescents who have not benefited sufficiently from prior treatment or desire to accelerate their course of treatment.
The program is designed based on the patient’s symptom severity and current level of readiness for change. This program ranges from meeting daily, full or half days, to a few sessions a week, all depending on specific treatment needs and the child/ teenager and their level of functioning. The ITP is typically from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. five days a week, but more flexible hours can be arranged given a child’s needs and schedule. The program is designed to meet each individual’s needs and can range in length between two weeks to four months.
Complete Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation (CCDE), which include:
- Meeting with two different clinicians
- Home/natural environment observation
- Parenting assessment
- Videotape review
- Review of medical/psychological records
- Report and recommendations for future care
The entire treatment is designed for each individual case. Therefore, after the assessment process with the CCDE, specific recommendations are made. The treatment includes: CCDE, individual sessions, psychoeducation, Exposure and Response Prevention (ER/P) training, ER/P in game format, parent training, family therapy, ER/P in naturalistic settings, coping skills training, referral for medication assessment, and recommendation.
Games developed for the treatment of OCD in children, OCD books, OCD forms and worksheets and other educational materials.
These materials typically include:
- Dr. Katia Moritz’s OCD book, “Blink, Blink, Clop, Clop: An OCD Storybook”
- OCD worksheets: Documentation by patients and family members is used to track progress and as part of the maintenance and relapse prevention aspects of treatment.
- Behavioral Analysis: This includes functional analysis of OCD, identifying triggers, mapping OCD, planning strategies to “fight” OCD.
- Special OCD Activities such as an OCD Treasure Hunt, an OCD Fashion Show, OCD Teaching Day: children teach parents about OCD and give them quiz, and a Graduation Party