CHICAGO, June 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Compass Health Center and Compass Virtual have developed a summer program for children and teens struggling with behavioral health issues. The program, which runs June 27 through August 5, 2022, is available at all Chicagoland Compass locations, as well as online for Illinois residents through Compass Virtual. The Intensive Creative Arts (IOP) Summer Outpatient Program is designed to help children and adolescents develop skills to appropriately navigate mental health issues often associated with childhood, adolescence and the transition to young adulthood.
The summer months can be a difficult time for children and teens and can lead to increased stress, anxiety and depression. Major depressive disorder with a seasonal pattern may be related to some of these changes. The IOP Summer Creative Arts will give children the tools to thrive in the summer and make a smooth transition to school in the fall. The Compass team provides a nurturing, evidence-based treatment environment for young people to creatively express their experiences while reducing symptoms. Each child also receives a personalized treatment plan tailored to their individual needs.
“Children are not immune to mental health issues in the summer. After spending nine months in the structured environment of a school, it can be difficult to adjust to the increased downtime and lack of social interaction, two factors that can intensify symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression,” said Lizzie Goodman, LCSW, Director of Teen Programs, Compass Virtual.
According to Harvard Medical School, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) develops more often in young people than in older adults. Although more common during the colder months, seasonal depression is not exclusive to the winter blues. Experts believe summer seasonal depression may be linked to less melatonin in our systems due to the sun. Longer days, shorter nights, and even warmer temperatures can disrupt sleep-wake cycles.
Compass Health Center’s Creative Arts Summer IOP includes a comprehensive psychiatric assessment, regular consultations with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner, one-on-one sessions with a licensed clinician, structured group therapy, family therapy, and therapies experiential such as improvisation, dance movement therapy (DMT), drama therapy, art therapy, yoga, hobbies, creative writing, and music therapy.
“This new program is truly one of a kind. When we think of summer vacations for our school-aged children, we think of fun, sun and activity. This unique program provides an intermediate level of care for mental health in a very accessible, creative, and fun way,” said Carrie Overbey, LCPC, Chief Clinical Officer – Chicago, Compass Health Center. “Creative arts therapies are very effective evidence-based treatments . The goal is to use creative processes to help explore self-expression and develop new ways of coping with depression and anxiety. These modalities, along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy Skills (DBT) will prepare children and teens for a return to school in the fall.”
The Creative Arts IOP is available in person at Compass Health Center’s Northbrook, Oak Brook, and Chicago locations, as well as online through Compass Virtual.
Learn more about Compass Health Center and Compass Virtual’s Creative Arts IOP here.
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