Program services are offered to each client with an individualized Plan of Care; treatment goals and objectives are developed in response to the client’s needs.
Program services provide by a variety of licensed professionals. Treatment modalities assist the client in achieving stabilization and support, and help him or her to return to the community in a short period of time. Preparation for return to community-living usually involves initial resolution of emotional conflicts and the development of new behavioral skills. Program services that are available to clients include:


Psychiatric Evaluations: The psychiatrist and/or psychiatric nurse practitioner will evaluate the client for their needs, which may include medications. Each client is re-examined by the psychiatrist or nurse practitioner prior to Plan of Care reviews to update the diagnosis, medications, and prognosis.

Nursing Services: A nurse is available daily to address any medical issues that may arise, and to provide the client and his/her family with medication education.

Discharge Planning: The treatment team and Case Coordinator provide discharge planning, which begins at the time of admission and is updated until the actual time of discharge. The treatment goals and objectives are integrated into the discharge plan, thereby becoming the criteria, along with the resolution of any family or placement issues, for discharge. Parents and/or custodians are invited to be a part of the discharge planning process. The plan provides the following components: Where and with whom the client will reside after discharge, school placement, follow-up psychiatric treatment, follow-up therapy (individual/family), recreational and/or vocational needs, and other special needs or considerations.

Types of Therapy

Individual Therapy: Individual therapy creates an avenue for confronting secret struggles with honor and self respect, considering and planning new initiatives, and building a partnership based upon support and assistance.

Family Therapy: Family therapy offers an opportunity for re-establishing integrity within the family, demonstrating honor and self respect, planning for safety, beginning relationship repair, earning forgiveness, and for exploring respectful ways of relating.

Group Therapy: Group therapy is a forum for confronting destructive behavior, learning healthy responses to difficult interpersonal situations, and receiving support for successful initiatives. Group services that are provided include:

Art Therapy provides a creative way for the client to explore, understand, and communicate his/her thoughts, feelings, conflicts, and concerns. By participating in art therapy groups, the client will have the chance to learn about, and work, with, basic art supplies and techniques. The art therapist will present activities that will help the client to learn safe and satisfying ways of expressing oneself. One focus of art therapy is to help he client develop his/her own individual style of expression. Whether the client considers him or herself an artist, he/she may enjoy this chance to be creative, while working cooperatively with others in an organized group setting.

Music Therapy may be offered for structured musical activities, such as drum circle and lyric discussion, to increase positive social interaction, trust, self-esteem, communication (verbal/nonverbal), creative expression, and problem-solving skills, as well as a sense of community and support for the client.

Pet Therapy, offered through Mo-Kan Pet Partners, provides healing, security and unconditional love to clients. Pet therapy also assists with goals including improving social skills, building trust and self esteem, as well as serving as a model for healthy relationships.

Recreational Therapy allows the client to participate in structured and unstructured games and activities that can help them relax, have fun, and interact with others in a non-threatening setting. The therapy will challenge the client to target a wide array of issues, including social interactions, anger management, problem solving, and physical coordination. Discussion periods may follow an activity to create opportunities to reflect on the emotions, interactions, responses, and patterns of behaviors visible during the planned recreation groups, and allow the client to develop insight, build character, and increase self-concept.

Equine Assisted Therapy occurs through KidsTLC’s partnership with New Horizon Ranch, Inc. located in Rantoul, KS (approximately 45 minute drive from KidsTLC). Group sessions in New Horizon’s Mending Fences Program are designed to be independent, stand-alone sessions. This allows freedom for variation in group attendance. Sessions are typically scheduled as a series of sessions and the youth must demonstrate a basic level of safety with self/others off campus. Group sessions are typically two hours long. In general group sessions consist of two activities, each one followed by group reflection time with the youth’s treatment team. The activities presented in sessions are designed to address one or more of the following core areas: Trust, Respect, Communication, Leadership, Partnership, and Confidence.

Milieu Therapy: The milieu uses the environment of the unit to help the client increase problem-solving skills and reduce specific behaviors, which make living in a home environment unsafe. Expectations of client behaviors are clearly stated within the program rules, with behavior boundaries and structure defined; every interaction of the client with staff and other clients is an opportunity for therapeutic intervention. Peer group will conducted seven days a week, which will incorporate daily goal reviews and special topics.

Other Services

When appropriate, the treatment team might refer a client for any of the following services:

Psychological Evaluations: A client might be referred for psychological testing at any time during his/her stay in Phoenix. The psychologist offers a wide range of testing for many needs that include treatment, educational, projective, or diagnostic purposes.

Substance-Abuse Treatment: Group and individual therapy is provided for adolescents who demonstrate impairment in daily living and activities as a result of substance intoxication and/or abuse. Treatment is focused on maintenance of a clean and sober lifestyle, and modification of maladaptive coping skills to prevent future relapse. To assist an adolescent with ownership of his/ her problems, a form of broad-based cognitive and experimental approaches to recovery are utilized, including drug education, which exposes youth to the effects of mood-altering chemicals on the mind and body, as well as the cycles of addiction.