Weekly Schedule

A Week In The Life of Casa Pacifica's START Program

Casa Pacifica’s Short Term Adolescent Residential Treatment (START) and Intensive Outpatient Program are tailored to meet the needs of each individual youth, ages 9 through 17.  Upon entry into the program, youth undergo a complete psychological evaluation that will inform treatment goals and discharge planning.  A typical day includes academic support in the morning and multiple therapy groups based on dialectical behavior therapy in the afternoon.  Our education department will work with a youth’s home school to obtain classwork and ensure credit recovery. 

Participation in the Matrix Recovery Program is required for youth with substance use challenges.  Individual therapy with the youth’s primary clinician is scheduled 3-4 times per week and with the psychiatrist weekly.  Family therapy is provided weekly in person or via telephone or video conferencing and is an essential component of treatment.  Family education and skills groups assist parents in helping their youth succeed and provide support for a challenging time in their lives.  Each week, parents and youth meet with their child’s treatment team to recognize success and identify new goals for program completion.

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