Balancing Education and Behavioral Health Treatment

teen studyingDepression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental disorders affect individuals of all ages—including children and teens. If you have a child or teen who needs help from a licensed clinician, you may be wondering how it might be possible to give your child the help they need while still allowing them to continue their education. Here is a look at some of the ways that it’s possible for children and teens to undergo behavioral treatment while getting the education they need.

Outpatient Treatment

Outpatient treatment allows children and teenagers to access the help they need, without making the most major changes in lifestyle or routine. This means that a child or teen can potentially stay in school as they progress through treatment. Through an outpatient program, children and teens can receive mental health therapy from state licensed clinicians, including individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. Individual therapy can allow children and teens to explore deep-seated issues in a private setting with a licensed clinician; family therapy can allow them to strengthen communication skills with family members, either with natural family members or with substitute family members; and group therapy can allow them to address behavioral health needs, coping skills, and interpersonal relationships in a group setting.

Many outpatient programs will tailor the level of care received to the individual, so in many cases where an individual requires more care, it makes more sense for a child or teen to continue education in an online format.

Online Education

Online education is an excellent option for children and teens who need more intensive care, which might require them to temporarily re-center their lives around receiving treatment. Students can continue to continue school and practice study skills while in a structured therapeutic environment. Online education is an option in inpatient residential treatment, day treatment, and outpatient treatment as it may be needed. This form of education is fully accredited and allows students to access a virtual campus from their therapeutic environment. Students follow the same pace at which they would be progressing in a public school, and there is an education facilitator on nearby to assist children and teens with their educational needs.

Online education is now stronger than ever thanks to the many advances being made in virtual technology. Online education truly allows children and teens to receive the treatment they need without worry of that treatment disrupting their education.

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