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Philosophy

Teaching Model

Dysfunctional ways of thinking and behaving are learned when a person attempts to cope with severe trauma or neglect within the environment. A major focus of the ongoing treatment planning is to identify the specific ways of thinking and behaving that are in need of correction. Then it is possible to develop appropriate techniques for teaching more successful ways of coping.

Developmental Model

We understand the child in terms of where he or she is in an ongoing process of growth and development. Generally, we find that certain aspects of development in social, cognitive, emotional and behavioral spheres have been delayed. The developmental model enables SPTS to begin, without judgment.

Holistic Model

We are concerned about every aspect of the child’s functioning. Problem behaviors are generally related both to overwhelming feelings and inadequate thinking patterns. Behaviors, feelings, and thoughts must all be understood in terms of the situational context in which they occur. Both in assessing the client and in planning and implementing interventions SPTS maintains a focus on the whole pattern.

Commitment to the Client

SPTS is acutely aware of the hurtful consequences that a succession of failed placements have on an individual. Therefore, we make whatever adjustments in the services the child receives that are necessary to help that client succeed.

Client Rights

We are committed to upholding all rights of the client that have not been explicitly removed by the court. Services are provided without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, handicap or disability. Clients are treated in the least restrictive environment and in the least restrictive manner. The rights of confidentiality are carefully protected. All other rights associated with human dignity and quality of treatment are scrupulously upheld.

Emotional Nurturance and Behavioral Help

SPTS is committed to utilizing the best insights and skills from both psychodynamic and behavioral traditions. Most individuals need affection and affirmation. They need help in resolving past conflicts. They need an environment that is sensitive to their special fears and vulnerabilities. They also need limits that are upheld in a firm, but benign and professional manner in order to feel secure and safe. SPTS concentrates its efforts on developing plans of intervention that are comprehensive and balanced.

Building Community Resources

We believe that children best heal from trauma when they can be treated in local communities. To that end, SPTS understands part of its task to be increasing local resources through employment and training of staff, collaboration with community providers, and building awareness among families, schools, and local businesses.

SPTS clinical staff has an extensive history of providing residential services to adolescent throughout Oklahoma. SPTS has a well-established Youth Advisory Board (YAB) that provides input and relevant feedback on a wide array of issues ranging from food to recreation and other aspects of the residential life experience.

The agency is licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and has an agreement with the Office of Juvenile Affairs. Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility candidates must meet medical necessity criteria as determined by a licensed mental health professional. SPTS provides treatment to youths entering the program between the ages of twelve and seventeen who are diagnosed with a mental health disorder and who usually have delinquency problems.

The SPTS treatment philosophy promotes family participation in a client’s treatment during his stay. Parent and family involvement in the assessment and treatment process is essential to the provision of quality treatment services. SPTS recognizes that partnering with families enables the client to maintain and improve vital family relationships during his stay in residential treatment. Treatment services at SPTS are provided in a treatment-team format. The client’s intra-agency treatment team includes: unit direct care staff, unit case manager, psychiatrist, unit clinical director, referral agency, unit therapist, registered nurse, the client’s parents or family resource, and the client. Teams determine the appropriate level of care; service planning and provision; delivery of family services to resolve concerns that would otherwise extend the client’s stay; discharge and aftercare planning; and follow-up services. The client’s Unit Treatment Team meets weekly to discuss the client’s current treatment issues.