Self Harm Solutions at New Haven RTC
Spanish Fork UT – New Haven Residential Treatment Center shares their recent research results about the effectiveness of their program on students’ long term self harming thoughts. For the last twenty years, New Haven has administered weekly student surveys, in order to measure students’ anxiety, depression, relationships with parents, and suicidality in order to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment students are receiving and especially to see how successful students are after completing treatment. One of the most powerful results of this research shows that 94% of New Haven students over the last three years had ZERO self-harming thoughts at discharge. Even more amazing was that at 2 years post discharge 91% of students continued to have zero self-harming thoughts. To obtain this data, New Haven used the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9); the Family In-Patient Communication (FISC) is also used to measure patient and family outcomes throughout treatment and for two years post discharge.
New Haven’s Executive Director Jeana Thomsen, LCSW explains why this is such an important finding.
“After 25 years of operation, we are proving how important the interventions used at New Haven are in treating self harm, and we know through the research that the clients who come with a diagnosis of depression and anxiety depression (which is at the root of self harming thoughts and behavior) are receiving the help they need. Self-harm is a trend among teens that parents feel ill-equipped to deal with. As a team we believe that the high level of family engagement required at New Haven is what allows our students to have such fantastic outcomes two years after they leave New Haven. The fact that so many of our students are having so much control over their thoughts gives us a lot of confidence in the validity of the interventions used at New Haven and of the students’ ability to be successful after they leave New Haven”.
When stress and anxiety levels rise, teens who have struggled with self-harming thoughts and behaviors can struggle to access healthy coping skills at home. New Haven’s residential treatment center provides added support through a high student to staff ratio, daily therapeutic groups teaching a variety of coping skills (including DBT and mindfulness groups), and weekly 90 minute individual and family therapy sessions. During the COVID-19 pandemic and unlike many schools across the country, New Haven students have continued to be able to maintain their daily schedule, including their normal academic schedule.
For more information about New Haven RTC visit www.newhavenrtc.com or call 888-317-3958.
About New Haven
New Haven continues to be a leader in female treatment and in providing specialized services to over 2000 female clients and their families in the past 25 years! The research initiatives done throughout the years illustrate the effectiveness of a relational based approach and continue to be apart of weekly interventions used on current students. New Haven looks forward to celebrating 25 years with students, families, alumni, past and current employees and friends.