Astor Services for Children and Families - Residential Treatment Center

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Astor Services for Children and Families - Residential Treatment Center located in Rhinebeck, New York. Astor Services for Children and Families - Residential Treatment Center serves children ages 5 – 13 with serious behavioral and emotional difficulties. It provides a home-like environment while never losing sight of the child’s need to stay connected with his/her family.

Astor Services for Children and Families - Residential Treatment Center Focus:

Mental Health

Mental Health Treatment Centers focus on helping individuals recover from mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and more. Mental health professionals at these facilities are trained to understand and treat mental health issues, both in individual and group settings.

Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

Many of those suffering from addiction also suffer from mental or emotional illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, or anxiety disorders. Rehab and other substance abuse facilities treating those with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder administer psychiatric treatment to address the person’s mental health issue in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Rehab Services:

Psychotropic Medication

Psychotropic medications (aka psychodynamic medication) are any medicines used specifically to affect and/or alter a patient’s mind, emotions, and behaviors. Such psychiatric medicines are often used to change chemical levels in the brain that impact a person’s mood and behavior. These medications include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-ADHD drugs, and anti-anxiety medications.

What does Astor Services for Children and Families - Residential Treatment Center offer?

Residential (inpatient) Treatment

Residential treatment programs are those that offer housing and meals in addition to substance abuse treatment. Rehab facilities that offer residential treatment allow patients to focus solely on recovery, in an environment totally separate from their lives. Some rehab centers specialize in short-term residential treatment (a few days to a week or two), while others solely provide treatment on a long-term basis (several weeks to months). Some offer both, and tailor treatment to the patient's individual requirements.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

Certain drug and alcohol rehab centers have standard treatment regimes they expect all patients to follow. Others offer individualized treatment, meaning they tailor treatment to a person’s specific background and needs. For example, a rehab facility may adjust a treatment program to take into account the type of drug or addiction from which the person suffers, their age, medical condition(s), religious beliefs, or lifestyle.

Family Program

Research clearly demonstrates that recovery is far more successful and sustainable when loved ones like family members participate in rehab and substance abuse treatment. Genetic factors may be at play when it comes to drug and alcohol addiction, as well as mental health issues. Family dynamics often play a critical role in addiction triggers, and if properly educated, family members can be a strong source of support when it comes to rehabilitation.

Aftercare Support

Completing a drug or alcohol rehab program shouldn’t spell the end of substance abuse treatment. Aftercare involves making a sustainable plan for recovery, including ongoing support. This can include sober living arrangements like halfway houses, career counseling, and setting a patient up with community  programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) or Narcotics Anonymous (NA).

Therapies Offered:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapy modality that focuses on the relationship between one's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It is used to establish and allow for healthy responses to thoughts and feelings (instead of unhealthy responses, like using drugs or alcohol). CBT has been proven effective for recovering addicts of all kinds, and is used to strengthen a patient's own self-awareness and ability to self-regulate. CBT allows individuals to monitor their own emotional state, become more adept at communicating with others, and manage stress without needing to engage in substance abuse.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a modified form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a treatment designed to help people understand and ultimately affect the relationship between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. DBT is often used for individuals who struggle with self-harm behaviors, such as self-mutilation (cutting) and suicidal thoughts, urges, or attempts. It has been proven clinically effective for those who struggle with out-of-control emotions and mental health illnesses like Borderline Personality Disorder.

Individual Therapy

In individual therapy, a patient meets one-on-one with a trained psychologist or counselor. Therapy is a pivotal part of effective substance abuse treatment, as it often covers root causes of addiction, including challenges faced by the patient in their social, family, and work/school life.

Trauma Therapy

All of their clinicians are trained in trauma-focused CBT, an approach which teaches children in their residential program and their parents the skills they need to understand the distressing thoughts, behaviors and feelings stemming from traumatic events in their lives. Many research studies have shown trauma-focused CBT to be effective in treating children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and sexualized behaviors.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is any therapeutic work that happens in a group (not one-on-one). There are a number of different group therapy modalities, including support groups, experiential therapy, psycho-education, and more. Group therapy involves treatment as well as processing interaction between group members.

Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a form of therapy in which clients are encouraged to surface and work through subconscious issues by engaging in real-time experiences. Experiential therapy departs from traditional “talk therapy” by involving the body, and having clients engage in activities, movements, and physical and emotional expression. This can involve role-play or using props (which can include other people). Experiential therapy can help people process trauma, memories, and emotion quickly, deeply, and in a lasting fashion, leading to substantial and impactful healing.

Life Skills

Life skills trainings involve all the skills a person must have in order to function successfully in the world. These include time management, career guidance, money management, and effective communication. Truly successful addiction recovery is based on the ability to not only live substance-free, but to thrive. Life skills teaches the practical necessities of functioning in society, which sets clients up for success in life, and therefore sobriety.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition therapy, aka medical nutrition therapy (MNT), is a way of treating physical, emotional, and medical conditions through diet. Specific dietary plans are designed by professional nutritionists or registered dietitians, and patients follow them in order to positively affect their physical and mental health.

Creative Arts Therapy

Creativity is inherently healing, and can help those in recovery express thoughts or feelings they might not otherwise be able to. Creative arts therapy can include music, poetry/writing, painting, sculpting, dance, theater, sandplay, and more. Unlike traditional art, the final product matters far less than the experience of creation and expression itself.

Astor Services for Children and Families - Residential Treatment Center Highlights:

Their 15-acre campus contains six residential living quarters and the Astor Learning Center School Program. The Astor Learning Center therapeutic boarding school was established in 1980. Our state-of-the-art school building, built in 1999, contains a science lab and several support rooms where children can calm themselves when necessary.
The stream running through the campus and surrounding woods offers a tranquil setting for fishing, hiking and exploring nature. A playground, basketball court, baseball field and (seasonal) outdoor pool offer endless opportunities for fun and skill building. Weather permitting, children enjoy the great outdoors on a daily basis.
The goals of their Residential Recreation Program are to help children gain a sense of mastery and to expose them to expressive arts, basic sports skills, team play and outdoor/nature-based activities. The program builds self-confidence and helps kids develop skills they can carry with them for life.
They are proud to highlight their partnership with Bard College. (Bard is a New York State private liberal arts college in near-by Annandale-on-Hudson, NY). Each semester they have between 30-40 smart, creative and motivated Bard students teaching skills to children in Astor’s Residential Program.
Their food service program aims to foster optimal wellness and healthy eating habits among the children. Their kitchen staff and nutrition consultant (a Registered Dietitian, New York State Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Diabetic Educator) create a varied, child-friendly, healthy menu of three daily meals and three daily snacks. Their nutrition consultant also provides individualized counseling for children with special dietary need.
The focus of their training for direct-care staff is the cutting edge CARE curriculum/ philosophy, which teaches staff to use the power of nurturing, supportive relationships to teach children the skills they need to be successful in the community. CARE incorporates “best practice” in child development, trauma-informed care and family-driven care in order to create a residential treatment environment that supports children’s strengths and lets them build on their successes.
Started in 2010, Astor’s Day Student Program enables students who are ready for a less restrictive setting to return home while attending the same school. This helps a great deal with the sometimes difficult transition their students face. Children from the local school district are also allowed to attend our Day School Program, enabling children to stay at home yet attend a more structured educational environment.
Every residential living quarters unit is assigned a licensed psychologist who serves as the head of its treatment team. Residential program clinical-staff members receive ongoing training from nationally known experts.
Their residential treatment program offers a specialized set of interventions for children with a history of fire setting. This includes group therapy, fire setting risk assessments, psycho-education with community fire fighters and self assessments that allow the children to self-monitor their progress.
They offer a specialized set of interventions for children in their residential program who have a history of problematic sexual behaviors. This includes single bedrooms with bedroom monitoring technology and group therapy to reinforce the learning of healthy sexual development and the practicing of social rules related to sexual behavior.
Residential Area
Wildlife Centric
The Astor Learning Center (ALC), named three times as a Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education, provides a nurturing learning environment where children who have often experienced failure in school can finally succeed. The ALC — started in 1980, our new building opened in 1999 — provides an atmosphere conducive to learning.
Private rooms available

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  • Men and Women Allowed
  • Facility for Children And Teenagers
  • Smoking is not allowed during the treatment
  • Bilingual therapists and staff (Spanish)
  • Hearing impaired friendly facility
  • Treatment for emotionally disturbed children