At Mountain Interval, we provide psychosocial rehabilitative services (PSR) and Basic Skills Training (BST) for children and youth. Both PSR and BST are commonly used as part of an intensive, multi-faceted approach to treating psychological disorders, which are not responding to therapy alone. We work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that may include psychiatrists, therapists, case workers, and other to design and implement a treatment plan that can impact your child in a significant way. Psychiatrist generally utilize a medical model approach to bring symptoms under control. A therapist will work to discover and treat the underlying causes of a disorder.
Psychosocial Rehabilitation services are Rehabilitative Mental Health interventions designed to reduce psychosocial dysfunction (i.e. interpersonal, cognitive, behavioral, developmental, etc.), and restore recipients to their highest level of functioning. PSR services target psychological functioning within a variety of social settings. PSR services may include any combination of the following interventions:
a. Behavior management: Recipients learn how to manage their interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses to various situations. They learn how to positively reflect anger, manage conflicts, and express their frustrations verbally. They learn the dynamic relationship between actions and consequences;
b. Social competency: Recipients learn interpersonal-social boundaries and gain confidence in their interpersonal-social skills;
c. Problem identification and resolution: Recipients learn problem resolution techniques and gain confidence in their problems solving skills;
d. Effective communication: Recipients learn how to genuinely listen to others and make their personal, interpersonal, emotional, and physical needs known;
e. Moral reasoning: Recipients learn culturally relevant moral guidelines and judgment;
f. Identity and emotional intimacy: Recipients learn personal and interpersonal acceptance. They learn healthy (appropriate) strategies to become emotionally and interpersonally intimate with others;
g. Self-sufficiency: Recipients learn to build self-trust, self-confidence, and self-reliance;
h. Life goals: Recipients learn how to set and achieve observable, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-limited life goals; and/or
i. Sense of humor: Recipients develop humorous perspectives regarding life’s challenges.
Basic Skills Training services are Rehabilitative Mental Health interventions designed to reduce cognitive and behavioral impairments and restore recipients to their highest level of functioning. BST services are provided to recipients with age and developmentally inappropriate cognitive and behavioral skills. BST services help recipients learn constructive cognitive and behavioral skills through positive reinforcement, modeling, operant conditioning, and other training techniques. BST services teach recipients a variety of life skills, and may include the following interventions:
a. Basic living and self-care skills: Recipients learn how to manage their daily lives, and learn safe and appropriate behaviors;
b. Social skills: Recipients learn how to identify and comprehend the physical, emotional, and interpersonal needs of others – they learn how to interact with others;
c. Communication skills: Recipients learn how to communicate their physical, emotional, and interpersonal needs to others – they also learn how to listen and identify the needs of others;
d. Parental training: Parental training teaches the recipient’s parents or legal guardians BST techniques. The objective is to help parents continue the recipient’s Rehabilitative Mental Health care in home and community based settings. Parental training must target the restoration of recipient’s cognitive and behavioral mental health impairment needs. Parental training is focused on helping the child;
e. Organization and time management skills: Recipients learn how to manage and prioritize their daily activities; and/or f. Transitional living skills: Recipients learn necessary skills to begin partially independent or fully independent lives.