Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin

When your teen is troubled, we can help.

We recognize that an adolescent may be traumatized by an event, or by real or perceived losses. A teen exposed to a traumatic event may become arrested or “stuck” at an emotional level. When this happens the teen begins to rely on destructive thoughts and behaviors. These defenses can become addictive and inhibit recovery.

We help each teen learn to accept and handle their emotions in a healthy way. We incorporate experiential approaches to achieve this goal, including psycho-education, and therapeutic discussions. We provide individual, group, activity therapy, art therapy, pet therapy, and family therapy.

The adolescent treatment staff consists of committed, competent and experienced professionals who work together as a team to address the core issues affecting each teen. We rely on intense family and parent involvement throughout the entire therapeutic process, in the development of treatment plans and aftercare planning.

Inpatient services

Adolescent Inpatient Program - Designed for adolescents ages 12-18 who require the compassionate safety and structure of inpatient care. This short-term program provides individualized care and comprehensive treatment for depression, behavioral problems, suicidal tendencies, alcohol or drug use and other serious conditions that cannot be treated on an outpatient basis. Our program includes:

  • Multi-disciplinary staff including psychiatrists specializing in adolescent psychiatry, psychotherapists, social workers, registered nurses, mental health counselors, pastoral counselors and recreational therapists
  • Comprehensive diagnostics
  • Psychiatric evaluation and follow-up
  • Medical management
  • Dual diagnosis treatment for substance abuse
  • Group and individual therapy
  • Recreational and art therapy
  • School services
  • Case management and discharge planning

Outpatient services

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) – A full-day outpatient program meeting 5 days a week for adolescents ages 12-18 who need intensive treatment in a structured environment for depression, behavioral problems and drug or alcohol use. The program allows for a gradual transition and reintegration into the home, community and school. Issues addressed by our adolescent care professionals include:

  • Academic problems
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Abuse issues
  • Behavioral problems
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Family conflict
  • Goal setting
  • Grief and loss issues
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Healthy relationships
  • Identity issues
  • Mood disorders
  • Peer relations and social skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Relapse prevention
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress management
  • Substance abuse

The outpatient program includes:

  • Lunch
  • Comprehensive treatment designed to meet individualized needs
  • Individual, group and family therapy
  • Recreational and art therapy
  • Case management
  • School services
  • Family therapy
  • Discharge planning

The School Partnership Program provides comprehensive educational treatment services designed to meet individualized needs. We help each teen keep up with his coursework and we stay in touch with his or her home school. Services include:

  • A certified teacher who assists with coursework and teaches appropriate classroom behavior
  • Collaborative case management to establish and maintain contact with home school to obtain information regarding educational history, academic progress, and current classroom assignments
  • Back-to-school staffing with family and home school to allow for successful reintegration

Get in touch.

We welcome your questions. For more information, please call 847.931.5521.


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