Mission Hospital provides a much needed service to the 14 to 17 year old
Mission Viejo, CA – Mission Hospital Laguna Beach is launching a
program for adolescents who are struggling with both psychological issues
and chemical dependency. This is tailored to meet a huge need in the community
– helping our adolescents aged 14 to 17 years old, cope with mental
The program is designed to be very comprehensive and is structured as an
afterschool Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). The adolescents will attend
three groups a day Monday through Thursday, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. The evidence-based
treatment curriculum was created with the goal of helping adolescents
become motivated for positive change to occur, learn ways to achieve and
maintain sobriety, as well as manage co-occurring mood and behavioral
disorders. The group topics aggressively address and teach coping skills
that will be pivotal in helping the adolescents develop good mental health
practices and lifelong sobriety. The Twelve Steps approach is also a part
of the curriculum.
“Living a substance free lifestyle is our vision for all teens in
south Orange County. Our new services for adolescents will play a major
role in making this vision a reality,” states Fred Richmond, Ph.D.,
executive director of Behavioral Health Services at Mission Laguna Beach.
To further enhance the program, individual therapy time for each adolescent
will be provided by the licensed clinicians. Because family treatment
is equally important in creating a successful outcome for the adolescents,
multi-family sessions are included in the group treatment schedule.
In addition, a parenting program will run one evening a week in order to
equip parents with the necessary skills to effectively parent and support
their adolescents. Each family unit will be required to meet individually
with a therapist at least once a week to discuss challenges specific to
them and obtain strategies on how to overcome them.
"Our goal is to reach out to the community to connect with teens and
their families who could benefit from such an intensive program. Emotional
pain should not be the leading force in the lives of families. Instead,
healthy relationships and a healthy approach to life should take the lead,
with individuals living life as if it counts and as if they make a positive
difference...because it does and they can,” comments Debbie Hutchinson,
Psy.D., manager of outpatient behavioral health programs at Mission Laguna Beach.
While the groups have a psycho-educational and psychotherapeutic framework,
there is also an emphasis on experiential treatment to meet the developmental
needs of the adolescents. Complementary approaches such as yoga and art
therapy are included in the group sessions on a weekly basis.
About Mission Hospital
As a part of the St. Joseph Hoag Health network of care, Mission Hospital
was founded in Mission Viejo in 1971 and has since grown to a two-campus
facility with 552 beds and approximately 2,500 employees. Mission Hospital
has been serving the greater needs of the community for over 40 years,
improving the quality of life in the communities it serves. Mission Hospital
in Mission Viejo is an acute care, full-service facility providing advanced
health care services and diagnostic care to south Orange County and is
the only designated trauma center in south Orange County. Mission Hospital
Laguna Beach (MHLB) joined the Mission Hospital family and St. Joseph
Health in 2009, providing south Orange County coastal communities with
24- hour emergency and intensive care as well as medical-surgical/telemetry
services. Mission Hospital offers specialty care in behavioral health,
imaging, heart, neuroscience and spine, orthopedics and women’s
services. CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital is a 48-bed facility
that is the area’s only dedicated pediatric hospital for more than
two decades. Fully accredited by The Joint Commission, Mission Hospital
has received numerous awards and recognition for its high quality of care.
For more information, visit www.mission4health.com.