Bradley Outpatient Services
SafeQuest Program at Bradley Hospital
The length of time each teen participates in the program is determined by parents and program staff members, and is reviewed on a weekly basis. The goals of the program include reducing or eliminating self-harmful behaviors, lessening hospital stays and improving coping skills.
The SafeQuest program includes:
- Group therapy
Every day each teen participates in one hour of group therapy with a focus on increasing communication and coping skills. Group therapy gives participants the opportunity to exchange support and suggestions with others who are struggling with similar issues.
- Family therapy
Each family is assigned a family therapist who contacts parents at the start of the program. Families are expected to attend family therapy at least once per week. We recognize that an adolescent's difficulties affect the whole family. Further, children with strong family support are much more likely to have positive outcomes.
- Individual therapy
Each adolescent in the program participates in individual therapy two to five times each week during regular program hours.
- Skill groups
Skill groups are staff-facilitated educational groups that might include discussions on topics such as dealing with peer pressure, staying healthy, decision-making, communication with parents, drug use and social skills.
- Psychiatric care
Participants will be assigned a psychiatrist for medication consultation as needed. Parents are encouraged to share their perceptions and questions regarding their adolescent's symptoms and possible medication needs. (Parents and the psychiatrist may decide medication is not necessary.) If the child is already seeing a psychiatrist, the SafeQuest psychiatrist will work with him/her.
To receive the full benefits of the program, it is important that teens attend every day.
For more information about SafeQuest call 1-855-KID-LINK.