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Programs & Services

Programs and Services at Palm Shores Behavioral Health

Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center offers care for children and adolescents including behavioral, emotional, and psychiatric interventions as well as Manatee County School Board supported education. Our treatment philosophy is based on trauma-informed care principles and offers distinct progressive phases of care.

Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center has created an environment of care that incorporates cutting-edge safety measures while offering a comfortable, normative experience for our patients during their stay. The attention to our environment of care and culture is mirrored by our clinical programming. We utilize evidence-based best practice in our therapeutic milieu, including cognitive behavioral therapies, trauma resolution and motivational interviewing. Clinical ratings are consistently above average for patient improvement in significant areas that are targeted as problems requiring residential treatment.

Trauma-Informed Care

Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center’s goal is for all staff to assess, understand and assist trauma-exposed children, families and communities in trauma-informed ways.

Trauma-informed care:

  • Maximizes the child’s sense of physical and psychological safety
  • Avoids re-traumatization of the child
  • Helps the child to reduce overwhelming emotion
  • Ensure physical and psychological safety
  • Presents trustworthiness

Some of our therapists are trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT includes insight-oriented written activities that are processed in individual and family therapy.

Phase System

The phase system of behavior management is specifically designed to return the child to the family or community environment with the coping skills necessary to make safer and more productive choices in their lives.

Our strength based-behavioral programming and phase system offers the opportunity for patients to access upper-level day rooms with privileges as phases are achieved throughout treatment. Patients can also go on supervised outings and earn therapeutic assignments home.

Treatment Overview

Patients are offered a weekly one-on-one contact with their Psychiatrist. Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center also provides individual and family therapy weekly. Group and Expressive Therapies are provided daily. As needed, Individual Behavioral Analysis is offered through our Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. If the child has co-occurring issues that include substance abuse, then that patient would be referred to our “Seven Challenges Educational Curriculum”.

Treatment Team

Treatment involves a multi-disciplinary team of clinical staff consisting of:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Mental Health Therapists
  • Expressive Therapist
  • Behavioral Therapist
  • Registered Nurses
  • Mental Health Technicians
  • Certified Teachers

Treatment Services

Treatment services are individualized to the specific child’s strengths and needs which include:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Certified Behavior Analyst Services
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Therapeutic Drumming

Psychiatric, medical and nursing care is delivered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with face-to-face contact with the child’s psychiatrist weekly.

Conditions Treated

Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center treats a variety of psychiatric and behavioral issues including, but not limited to most psychiatric diagnoses that may be inhibiting a child or adolescent in their home and school environments.

Diagnoses may include:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Extreme anger and/or dangerous behavior
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Hallucinations and/or delusional thinking
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Physical/sexual abuse

Don’t Wait, Help is a Call Away

Palm Shores Behavioral Health Center is dedicated to providing quality comprehensive mental health care and education services for at risk children and adolescents, ages 5–17. Call us today at 941-792-2222.