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Child Programs

Children’s Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment in San Marcos, TX

When your child is struggling with behavioral health issues it can seem like there is nothing you can do to help them. San Marcos Treatment Center wants you to know that isn’t the case. We provide inpatient psychiatric treatment in San Marcos, TX, to children from the ages of 6 up to 12. These psychiatric treatment programs are designed to teach our young patients how to manage their emotions so they can learn how to replace their problematic behaviors with healthier ones.

By creating a residential environment for our patients, we can provide consistent rewards, privileges, and consequences to help them develop self-control and accept responsibility for their behavior. The overarching goal of our psychiatric services is to give these children the tools they need to handle emotional conflicts as well as interpersonal relationships.

Psychiatric Treatment Programs

  • Child-centered approach, using play and experiential therapy as the medium for change
  • Using strategic praise through the Nurtured Heart Approach™ promotes self-esteem
  • Developmental behavioral enhancement systems build positive behavioral habits
  • Family therapy focuses on assisting families in managing concrete levels of thinking appropriate for these age levels
  • Trained staff utilize interventions designed for developmental ages 12 and younger

The Benefits of Play Therapy

When it comes to helping young children improve their behavior, there are many different types of psychiatric treatment techniques that can be utilized. The Children’s Treatment team at our clinic believes that the development process should be considered when creating the treatment plans for young children. Why? Because it enables the children to participate and thrive in the therapy settings provided by our inpatient care.

Play is the natural language of children. That is why our center has built a modern and dynamic playroom that meets the needs of our younger population. This place is used by our patients to gain mastery, connect interpersonally with their therapist, express their feelings, and practice accepting limits and following rules.

Our treatment center currently has two therapists employed with an RPT specialization (Registered Play Therapist) and a third therapist who will have an RPT license by the end of the year. These therapists combine child-centered play therapy techniques with sandtray techniques and expressive art to help children better express themselves. These approaches are especially helpful with children who are not able to engage effectively in sessions which are primarily conversational and focus heavily on verbal processing.

There is growing evidence that shows just how effective play therapy is when it comes to psychiatric treatment in children. This type of therapy is known to reduce aggression, increase communication around strong feelings, and create an environment where traumatic experiences from the past can be processed in a safe manner.

Contact us for more details about our programs and insurance options for patients located throughout the San Marcos, Texas, area. You can also call us at (888) 833-8351 or make a referral at (800) 848-9090.

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Call us at 800-251-0059 for more details on our programs and insurance options. To make a referral, please call 800-848-9090.