Youth Services

Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center’s (LLUBMC) youth programs are designed for both children & adolescents experiencing emotional, behavioral and/or chemical dependency problems and more. We place a strong emphasis in treating the entire family with the goals of restoring a sense of hope, bringing courage and resiliency to the family unit and providing a treatment plan based on each individual’s specific needs. LLUBMC is here to help encourage and restore harmony and hope into your child’s life by providing care in a safe and healing environment.

Inpatient & Outpatient Childrens ServicesAdolescent Services

Youth Programs

Recognizing a patient’s need for various levels of care, LLUBMC offers both Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP), Partial Hospital Programs (PHP) and Inpatient Programs.

The Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

This was created for those youth only needing treatment a few hours a day for several days a week

Partial Hospital Program (PHP)

Thisis a highly structured therapeutic day treatment program lasting seven hours, five days per week. This program serves as a “step down” from inpatient hospitalization or as a means to prevent hospitalization.

Inpatient Programs

When a child or adolescent’s behavior reaches a crisis point and becomes dangerous to themselves, their environment and/or others, our inpatient unit provides around the clock safety and treatment to stabilize the crisis.

Our Youth Treatment Team Members include:

  • Youth Psychiatrist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Clinical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Teacher
  • Case Manager
  • Chaplain
  • Dietician
  • Behavioral Care Assistants

Children’s Services ages 8-13

Reasons for Admission:

  • Family conflicts
  • Depression
  • Low motivation
  • Anxiety
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Trauma responses
  • Hyperactivity
  • Poor self-image
  • Regressive or psychotic behavior
  • Oppositional defiant behaviors
  • Poor attention span
  • Rage episodes

Our IOP outpatient programs include:

Children’s Therapy Group

Children are encouraged to discuss their individual experiences and process their emotions with peers and the therapist. They are guided and counseled in areas of anger management, social and communication skills, problem solving, self-esteem, grief issues and conflict resolution.

Parent Education Group

One evening a week, parents have an opportunity to explore effective parenting, communication and discipline skills with the support of other parents. They also learn effective ways to handle frustration, guilt, apathy and feelings of being overwhelmed. During this time, children attend their own therapy group.

Multifamily Group

Children and their families work together to solve family problems, identify dysfunctional patterns and improve communication.

Play and Art Therapy

Expression of feelings is often made easier through the use of art and play. Children engage in therapeutic and creative experiences guided by the occupational or clinical therapist.

Cooperative Skills Group

Children participate in activities where they practice teamwork, increase self-awareness and develop confidence and problem-solving strategies.

Our PHP outpatient programs include:

Daily treatment for the child whose emotional or behavioral problems require close monitoring by a psychiatrist. Children typically attend weekday sessions three to five days a week for two or more weeks, depending on the needs of the child. This program serves as a “step down” from inpatient hospitalization or as a means to prevent hospitalization.

Groups include: Coping, Occupational Therapy, Art and Recreation Therapy and Process Groups.

Classroom time is included to ensure that children stay current with their academic needs.

Specialized Children’s Program for Chronic Illnesses:

Youth MEND Program

Designed to support the patient and his/her family in maintaining or regaining emotional health and balance during the process of a significant medical illness or treatment such as transplantation, diabetes management or chemotherapy.

See more on the other specialized services page

Reasons for Admission

  • Aggressive behavior
  • Identity problems
  • Anger/rage episodes
  • Legal problems
  • Anxiety
  • Runaway episodes
  • Defiant behavior
  • School problems/truancy
  • Depression
  • Self-mutilation
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual abuse/assault
  • Drug/alcohol use
  • Suicidal threats/attempts
  • Grief, loss or abandonment
  • Symptoms of psychosis

Adolescent Services ages 14-17

Our IOP outpatient programs include:

Chemical Dependency Track

This track is designed for adolescents whose drug or alcohol abuse is interfering with their personal safety, achievements and healthy family communication. Issues underlying substance abuse are explored and addressed through therapy and education using a twelve-step approach.

Mental Health Track

This track is designed for adolescents struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, mood swings, ADHD, ADD, anger, anxiety and impulse control. Patients and their families learn healthy coping skills and communication.

Dual Diagnosis Track

This track is designed for adolescents with diagnoses which may include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, ADD, bipolar disorder and are also using drugs or alcohol. Education for mental illness and chemical dependency is addressed along with relapse prevention skills.

Adolescent Therapy Group

In an atmosphere of trust and support, adolescents are encouraged to be open about how their behavior or substance abuse have caused serious difficulties in their lives.

Adolescent Education Group

Adolescents learn to stabilize their lives through anger management, personal responsibility, communication skills, coping skills and conflict resolution. Chemical Dependency and Dual Diagnosis tracks are introduced to the twelve-step process and relapse prevention techniques.

Multi-Family Therapy Group

Working together, families identify roles, expectations and negative patterns while exploring the overwhelming effects of behavioral problems and/or substance abuse on the family system.

Parent Support Group

Within a supportive environment, parents learn better ways to handle frustration, guilt, apathy and overwhelming feelings. Parents are taught communication skills, limit-setting and ways to identify negative family patterns of substance abuse.

Our PHP outpatient programs include:

Treatment Approach

The goal of improved family functioning is addressed by working with the family on a variety of issues. These issues are explored by identifying the events leading to the family crises, determining how to appropriately manage future incidents and processing a crisis within the family.

Adolescent Peer Groups

Peer groups offer adolescents an opportunity to address concerns about their behaviors, learn new skills to manage their actions and process the fears and challenges in changing their behavior.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy offers adolescents an opportunity to address emotional issues they may not feel comfortable discussing in a group setting.

Family Therapy

Family therapy offers the opportunity for the family unit to learn how to have a healthy relationship, communicate their concerns about the past and share hopes for the future.

Other specialized Adolescent Programs include:

Shield Program for Adolescent Self-Injury

In the Shield Program, families will learn that self-injurious behavior is defined as deliberate injury inflicted to one’s own body without the intent to die. An important distinction is that it is deliberate and causes bodily/tissue damage, but is without conscious suicidal ideation. Self-injury is also called self-mutilation, self-harm, cutting or self-inflicted violence.

Adolescent Eating Disorder Program

Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center has developeda nurturing program for adolescents suffering from this illness to begin the healing process.

Youth MEND Program

Designed to support a patient during the process of a significant medical illness or treatment such as transplantation, diabetes management or chemotherapy.

Learn more about the other specialized services