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Brunswick Hospital Center provides a wide array of treatment modalities:
All patients are offered individualized treatment which ranges from
individual interaction/medication management/crisis care/24-hour nursing care/dietary consultation/ psychosocial assessment and discharge planning.
Our Treatment Modalities Include:
A comprehensive evaluation that incudes psychiatric, psychosocial and physical examination and bloodwork.
Development of an individualized treatment plan.
This includes the prescribing, administering and monitoring of medications. Medication can be a common component of a treatment plan for many mental health conditions. When individuals are on an effective medication regimen, they are often able to better engage in other parts of their treatment plan including various forms of therapy.
A psychiatrist or nurse practitioner will discuss the benefits, risks and side effects of treatment and will regularly check to monitor side effects and whether or not the medication is working for the patient. This period of evaluating the effectiveness of a medication is known as medication management and may include the need to try multiple types of medication before finding the appropriate medication to provide symptom relief and improved functioning.
At BHC, the pharmacy is operated by a licensed staff with expertise on mental health and coexisting medical conditions which allows them to excel in psychotropic medication management as well as medical co-morbidities for complete wraparound symptom control.
The milieu at BHC provides a nurturing, safe and structured environment where our patients develop a feeling of belonging and work together with staff to develop new skills and learn more about caring for themselves and others.
Individual therapy sessions focus on the problems, behaviors and symptoms that led to hospitalization. During these sessions, we develop an individual crisis plan that can be used during admission as well as a safety plan that is made available to the patient at the time of discharge.
Group therapy helps patients to discuss issues and coping strategies for managing their condition in a group setting. Group therapy helps the patient to learn not just from their own behaviors, influences and choices but the behaviors, influences and choices of others as well.
Common topics for group therapy sessions are:- substance abuse, depression, anxiety, anger management, low self-esteem, trauma, various types of abuse, PTSD, and psychoeducation groups for smoking cessation and medication compliance. We utilize the principles of DBT and the psychoeducational model of care.
Communication Skills: Our weekly communication skills workshops enable patients to develop the skills and coping mechanisms necessary to foster and maintain productive relationships.
Navigating everyday life can be difficult for individuals who are unable to cope with everyday stressors, accept feedback and follow directives. Our treatment team utilizes verbal and media-therapy such as journaling and drawing, to enable patients to learn to express their feelings in a calm and assertive manner without feelings of guilt or anxiety.
Coping Skills: Our weekly sessions employ conflict resolution, role play and positive perception to enable patients to draw strength from past and present events in order to effectively and actively manage stressful situations.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
When individuals lack the skills and coping methods necessary to deal with problems, small situations can be crippling. Our treatment team works with patients to help identify life-goals, and determine a strategy to achieve those goals. Through coping and problem-solving skills, patients are able to address negative patterns, and self-defeating actions. This enables them to focus on increasing control over themselves and their lives, while learning to effectively address anger, frustration and set-backs.
Family members and caregivers are involved in the care of the patient with the treatment team. These sessions focus on providing education, improving communication and the development of a successful discharge plan.
We regularly encourage patients to participate in leisure creative therapies to induce relaxation naturally.
Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person's physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Creative Art Therapy: The creative process involved in expressing oneself artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviors and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.
Music Therapy: Music therapists primarily help patients improve their health in several domains, such as cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life, by using music experiences such as free improvisation, singing and listening to and discussing and moving to music to achieve treatment goals.
Recreational Therapy: Therapeutic Recreation (TR) is a treatment service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person's level of functioning and independence in life activities to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminate the activity limitations and restrictions to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition. Recreational therapists work with patients to restore motor, social and cognitive functioning, build confidence, develop coping skills, and integrate skills learned in treatment settings into community settings. Intervention areas vary widely and are based upon patient interests. Examples of intervention modalities include creative arts dance/movement, and leisure education.
Drama Therapy: Patients are trained to act out real life experiences and demonstrate utilization of pro-social coping skills as well as replacement of maladaptive behaviors
Patient Library and Book: An invigorating supply of age appropriate reading material is provided by our book mobile.
Our food service department is staffed by registered dietitians who give personalized diet instruction and therapy to all patients on therapeutic diets or with nutrition concerns. Special attention is given to cultural, religious, lactose and gluten restrictions. Kosher meals are provided for those patients preferring to eat Kosher foods and we also offer vegetarian options and multiple specialty menus to address the needs of patients with allergies and/or eating disorders.
Healthy Lifestyles Training: Maintaining a healthy diet and good nutrition are essential in recovery and daily life. Our Healthy Lifestyles therapeutic group discusses a variety of essential topics such as healthy eating, food safety, importance of adhering to restricted diets. This interactive group allows patients to share their questions, and their knowledge to help contribute to their success.
Psychosocial Assessment and Discharge Planning
Our Department of Social Work is comprised of licensed social workers, and discharge coordinators that provide psychosocial assessments, crisis intervention and supportive counselling for family and care givers. A psychosocial assessment evaluates an individuals mental health and social well being. It assesses self perception and the individuals ability to function in the community.
Discharge planning begins at the initiation of the treatment plan. It is a collaborative effort that focuses on the patients progress concerns and goals and will involve family, friends and caregivers who have been identified by the patient to be involved in their care. At the time of discharge, patients are given information on their medication, prescriptions, the plan of care after hospitalization, their safety plan, community resources and instructions from their clinician.
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