Psychiatry

  • Therapeutic Recreation

    Therapeutic recreation is a skilled service that is offered to clients on an individual basis or group setting within the Division of Psychiatry at Cincinnati Children’s.  The purpose of therapeutic recreation is to improve health and well-being through leisure-based activity.  Clients receive a full evaluation and an individualized treatment plan specific to recreational therapy to assist in their successful community reintegration.  Services are provided by professionals who are trained and certified, registered or licensed to provide therapeutic recreation.

    Types of Individual Therapy

    Our De-Stimulation Program features specially built rooms that include a blend of lights, sounds, textures and aromas. The environment is filled with fascinating visual displays that surround and absorb. Gentle vibrations soothe the body, creating a relaxing environment to:

    • Express difficult thoughts
    • Decrease hyperactivity and reduce stress
    • Decrease injurious or self-stimulating behaviors
    • Increase attention span and concentration

    Discharge Planning

    Community Reintegration

    Community Reintegration discharge planning seeks to have each child use skills learned in treatment back in his community.   Specialists help youth explore healthy interests by connecting them with community resources. Each child is involved in the community reintegration process.

    Community Outings

    Community outings are provided, based on privilege level, on a weekly basis to various places in the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area. Youths may visit places as an incentive or as part of their individual behavior plan.

    Outings are an opportunity to:

    • Explore the community
    • Experience new places that can be revisited after discharge.

    Types of Group Therapy

    The following group therapy programs are offered to all residential children and adolescents. Youth are chosen for programs based on the consensus of the treatment team and their individual assessment needs.

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    Experiential Therapy

    Experiential therapy provides non-competitive opportunities to develop cooperation skills and achieve a sense of accomplishment in a group setting. How children behave in this group is related to how they behave in general.

    Experiential therapy is:

    • Working together as a team emphasizing choice and empowerment
    • Hands-on activities that involve trust, communication, respect, honesty, leadership, assertiveness and problem solving.

    Fitness

    Fitness is provided several times a week. This includes various types of fitness and includes the opportunity to participate in team sports and exercise at the local recreation center.

    Leisure Education Program

    The Leisure Education Program provides psycho-educational group sessions to identify risky behaviors. The goal is to learn new leisure activities to replace old behaviors.  Specialists connect children and adolescents with resources and activities in their own community.

    Small Animal Therapy

    Small animal therapy uses smaller animals, such as guinea pigs and rabbits, to help youth learn:

    • Empathy
    • Self-awareness
    • Nurturing capabilities
    • Appropriate touch
    • Appropriate social skills
    • Self-esteem

    Horse Therapy

    Horse therapy is designed for experiential learning by setting up activities involving horses. The program is presented off-site by a professional therapeutic equestrian service.

    Horse therapy is a unique opportunity that enables the group to learn skills such as:

    • Non-verbal communication
    • Assertiveness
    • Creative thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Leadership
    • Teamwork
    • Building Relationships
    • Confidence
    • Positive attitude
    • Responsibility

    Community Service Program

    The Community Service Program is offered to a select group of youth to volunteer within the College Hill community.  Volunteer opportunities have included local nursing homes or after-school programs.

    Horticulture Therapy

    Horticulture therapy offers the opportunity to grow and care for our campus gardens.  Our youth engage in a variety of activities that include planting, pruning, mulching and harvesting crops. The focus is to improve cooperation, social skills, self-worth and concentration.

    Therapeutic Play

    Therapeutic play is an opportunity for children to engage in play within a group setting. Play helps children:

    • Become responsible for their behavior
    • Learn to express emotion
    • Develop creative solutions
    • Learn new social and relational skills

    Family Therapy

    Family therapy is an experiential approach to meeting the family’s needs. Hands-on activities are provided to:

    • Decrease conflict and find resolution
    • Increase communication
    • Strengthen family relationships

 
  • Horticulture therapy offers the opportunity to grow and care for our campus gardens. Our youth engage in a variety of activities that include planting, pruning, mulching and harvesting crops. The focus is to improve cooperation, social skills, self-worth and concentration.

    Horticulture therapy offers the opportunity to grow and care for our campus gardens.

    Horticulture therapy

    Horticulture therapy offers the opportunity to grow and care for our campus gardens. Our youth engage in a variety of activities that include planting, pruning, mulching and harvesting crops. The focus is to improve cooperation, social skills, self-worth and concentration.

    Horticulture therapy offers the opportunity to grow and care for our campus gardens. Our youth engage in a variety of activities that include planting, pruning, mulching and harvesting crops. The focus is to improve cooperation, social skills, self-worth and concentration.