Astor Services for Children and Families - School Age Day Treatment Program

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Astor Services for Children and Families - School Age Day Treatment Program is located in Poughkeepsie, New York. Astor Services for Children and Families - School Age Day Treatment Program is an intensive, highly structured, school-based treatment program.

Astor Services for Children and Families - School Age Day Treatment Program 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 - School Age Day Treatment Program offer?

Outpatient (OP)

Outpatient programs are for those seeking mental rehab or drug rehab, but who also stay at home every night. The main difference between outpatient treatment (OP) and intensive outpatient treatment (IOP) lies in the amount of hours the patient spends at the facility. Most of the time an outpatient program is designed for someone who has completed an inpatient stay and is looking to continue their growth in recovery. Outpatient is not meant to be the starting point, it is commonly referred to as aftercare.

Intervention Services

Intervention Services helps family or friends of addicts stage an intervention, which is a meeting in which loved ones share their concerns and attempt to get an addict into treatment. Professional intervention specialists can help loved ones organize, gather, and communicate with an addict. They can guide intervention participants in describing the damage the addict’s behavior is causing and that outside help is necessary to address the addiction. The ideal outcome of an intervention is for the addict to go to rehab and get the help they need.

Treatment Types:

Individualized Treatment

A Treatment Plan is created for all students. This plan identifies the behavioral goals and objectives that staff, parents and the students themselves see as necessary steps to removing the obstacles to returning to an in-district educational placement. The plan also contains the methods that the treatment team (including the parent) will use to help the child meet those goals and objectives. The treatment plan is reviewed and revised quarterly in a meeting that parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

Family Program

The child’s therapist provides the family with family therapy and/or parent counseling on a regular basis. Therapists are also available by telephone to answer questions, provide information about the child’s progress, and talk about the child’s behavior in school and at home. Family participation in treatment is seen as essential to a child’s success in our program.

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:

Holistic Therapy

Rather than focusing solely on addiction, holistic therapy facilities treat patients in terms of their whole being. Holistic therapy is about more than just addiction and sobriety – it addresses the person’s life in its entirety, including career, physical, familial, and spiritual aspects.

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. Individual therapy is provided to help the child to express thoughts and feelings in a safe context, so that they do not need to act these out in school or at home.

Trauma Therapy

Trauma therapy addresses traumatic incidents from a client's past that are likely affecting their present-day experience. Trauma is often one of the primary triggers and potential causes of addiction, and can stem from child sexual abuse, domestic violence, having a parent with a mental illness, losing one or both parents at a young age, teenage or adult sexual assault, or any number of other factors. The purpose of trauma therapy is to allow a patient to process trauma and move through and past it, with the help of trained and compassionate mental health professionals.

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 includes all the children in a class and is designed to help children develop social skills, especially with peers.

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. Students are taught appropriate social skills and problem solving skills throughout the day in a variety of ways, including group and individual therapy, classroom discussion, and crisis intervention. A core model for this part of their program is Collaborative Problem Solving, an approach that emphasizes identifying the hurdles children face and including the child in finding solutions to overcome those hurdles.

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 - School Age Day Treatment Program Highlights:

An interdisciplinary team of trained professionals provides mental health and educational services to emotionally disturbed children ages 5 to 12. The program utilizes a holistic approach for developing the social, emotional, and educational needs of children through a nurturing and supportive environment.
The primary goal of our program is to return children to a less restrictive educational setting with community-based mental health services. Children who enter their program usually stay between 18 and 24 months, although some children stay for a shorter period and some remain in the program much longer.
All students are required to attend their 6-week summer session. Therefore all students must have 12-month programming on their IEP. Their summer session continues their regular academic programs, with the addition of weekly field trips and several school-wide special events.
Astor’s School Age Day Treatment Program uses a behavior management program called “Positive Classroom Discipline.” Positive Classroom Discipline is a group incentive system, which means that students as a group receive rewards for cooperative behavior and consequences for uncooperative behavior.
To build positive self-esteem, they frequently give recognition to the achievements of their students. Good work is posted in the halls. Positive behaviors a child has shown may also be posted in the hall. Certificates may be given for academic achievements. Incentive systems are sometimes put into place to encourage positive bus behavior
Residential Area
Taking into account his or her particular behavioral needs, their program provides an academic education individualized to the learning needs of the student. All core subject areas are taught, and the special areas of physical education, art, and computer lab are provided. Because of its impact on all instructional areas, reading instruction is given priority within the education program.




  • Daily Fee: $4,375.00
  • Sliding Fee Scale
  • Private Health Insurance plans accepted
  • Medicaid may cover part or all of your addiction treatment costs.
  • State financed or Low cost Treatment
  • Cash payments accepted

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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