All Kinds of News for May 09, 2018
Sunrise RTC uses outcomes data to enable clinicians and staff to provide 'Feedback Informed Treatment.' The students/clients take Outcomes Surveys comprising a few different measures (YOQ, PHQ-9, FICS), to rate their relationship with their therapist, family, peers, staff and themselves. Parents participate by taking the family system survey (FICS) quarterly. The Sunrise Treatment Team -- clinicians, residential supervisors, the academic team, and nursing staff -- meet weekly and compare outcomes data with the behavior and demeanor mentors, teachers, and therapists are seeing in the students in the milieu. It is through this comparison that interventions to help students complete their Master Treatment Goals are created and implemented throughout all parts of the students' daily schedule.
Megan Belcher, LCSW, and Sunrise therapist, spoke of an experience she had using outcomes data to create goals for one of her students. "[My student's] PHQ-9 (the outcomes test that scores Depression) was always going up and down. She was self-reporting being in the health range (9 or below) only once every 3 or 4 months. Our overall goal was to get her to be consistently below a nine, and as a team we worked hard to help her get there. I even printed off her PHQ-9 scale and had her check-in with staff and her peers daily, so they could help her see the pattern. She seemed to struggle with the idea that she was, indeed, becoming healthy. We realized as a Treatment Team that a new intervention was needed and so we had her start EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Once she engaged in EMDR, she reported feeling more healthy and less depressed. Her PHQ-9 score echoed this as well. She came into Sunrise reporting a 13 and left reporting a 4. Her PHQ-9 really did help us find the missing piece in helping Jane's recovery -- EMDR. After engaging in EMDR, she was able to be more open and honest about all of her traumas."
Feedback Informed Treatment provides us the opportunity to meet our students and families where they are -- providing them the best treatment possible and the best chance for success.
About Sunrise RTC
Sunrise is a residential treatment center for adolescent girls ages 13-17 aimed at uncovering the academic, social and emotional potential of girls who have been held back by emotional or behavioral struggles. Sunrise combines the warmth of a home, the safety and clinical expertise of a residential treatment program and the community access of a transition program.