Referral packets can be faxed to
989-668-0549, emailed to Michelle.Bissell@uhsinc.com or mailed directly to the facility:
101 West Townsend Road
St. Johns, MI 48879
Individualized Treatment Plans
Our interdisciplinary treatment team will assess each patient's global level of functioning and develop treatment plans based on his individual needs. Input is gathered from the patient, their family, and the court to assist in creating a comprehensive understanding of each patient. Treatment plans address mental, social, emotional, and behavioral realms, as well as others such as academics, life skills, and physical health.
Five Level Program and Group Therapy
Turning Point Youth Center's five level program is designed to give rewards for positive behaviors, while providing consequences for negative behaviors. As patients move up in their levels, they are held to higher behavioral standards and have the ability to earn more privileges. Some patients may complete the program in the 6.5 month time frame, while others may need additional time. Average time for completion is nine months.
Group Therapy -Patients also participate in multiple therapist developed and/or facilitated groups daily. Group topics include substance abuse, grief and loss, trauma, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, life skills, communication, conflict resolution, etc.
Individual, Group, and Family Therapy
Individual Therapy -Patients participate in weekly individual therapy with their therapist. All of our therapists have a Master Degree or higher, and are licensed by the State of Michigan. Additionally, Turning Point Youth Center utilizes Master Level and Ph.D. Level interns. Should the patient also be working with a therapist intern, the patient will meet with them weekly in addition to meetings with their therapist.
Group Therapy - Patients also participate in multiple therapist developed and/or facilitated groups daily. Group topics include substance abuse, grief and loss, trauma, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, life skills, communication, conflict resolution, etc.
Family Therapy - Family therapy occurs once a month, or more if necessary. Turning Point Youth Center provides transportation to families who would otherwise be unable to reach the facility. Additionally, family therapies are available by phone or, occasionally, in the community should families not be able to travel to our location. Our therapists are also available for limited weekend appointments for families who cannot come during the week.
Wise Guy Program
Wise Guys is a 12 sessions curriculum for males 14 and older. The program is administered weekly by a licensed therapist and stresses a decision making process that includes: masculinity, communication, relationships, dating violence, fatherhood, values, goal-setting, decision-making, sexuality, sexually transmitted infections, contraception and abstinence. The format is interactive and participatory.
Evidence Based Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate Program
Turning Point Youth Center is proud to be a designated training site for Michigan State University’s (MSU) School of Social Work , Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Certificate Program. This program is a continuation of projects initially supported by the National Center of Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development. Therapists from TPYC have been trained in Trauma Focused-CBT and receive ongoing consultation surrounding implementation of Trauma Focused-CBT from MSU experts. Beginning in August 2013, Masters of Social Work Students from MSU will be placed at Turning Point to gain experience in their pursuit of a Trauma Focus CBT Certification.
Adolescents admitted to Turning Point Youth Center arrive from compromised environments and often will return to these very same environments after treatment. It is vital that a systems approach is utilized with our Co-occurring Treatment involving substance abuse and mental health needs. Following complete assessments, the Co-occurring Treatment services provided by Turning Point Youth Center are delivered through structured educational classes, group dynamics, individual and family counseling and in-house recovery meetings. Comprehensive case management at Turning Point is in place to connect adolescents and their families to supports within their community, wherever possible, to assist in a continuum of care.
Art Therapy sessions are administered through a certified therapist and use art making to integrate sensory, cognitive and emotional processing in order to increase self-awareness, learn problem solving skills, promote mental and emotional healing and offer an appropriate outlet for expression. For youths who are resistant to verbal therapy, art therapy is adaptable to fit their needs and has been proven to be extremely helpful.
Grief and Loss Therapy
Residents will be assisted in working through the stages of grief while developing an understanding of their feelings. They will also be encouraged in developing positive coping skills to assist them with their grieving process. The process will focus on understanding the stages of grief, identifying the stage of grief they are in, and obtain the ability to use coping skills effectively during their grief process.
Patients are worked with individually and in groups to not only manage the expression of their anger, but to explore and process the roots of their anger to reduce overall anger levels. Patients learn to have an awareness of levels of anger and are taught to implement positive coping skills to keep anger from getting out of control. They learn to recognize the consequences of past negative expressions of anger as well as consequences in the short-term and long-term futures. We emphasize patients' inner strengths and assist them in developing coping skills based on their thoughts, beliefs, and values, instead of just the use of material things as distractions, while challenging thought distortions and maladaptive behaviors to help our patients make permanent positive changes.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an 8 stage approach used to address a wide range of pathologies. It is based on the theory that when a negative event occurs, the processing of the event may not be complete due to negative coping skills. EMDR utilizes an adaptive information processing model which allows negative events to be reprocessed by connecting them to other positive memory networks. For example, a client may feel guilt over a parent's suicide, even though the client "knows" he is not to blame. However, this knowledge is not connected to the feeling of guilt. EMDR allows the brain to make those connections and the client begins to see the trauma in a healthier, more adaptive way. This is true for small childhood negative events as well as major traumatic events, both of which can have an effect on behaviors, personality, and emotions. Research has shown EMDR as an effective treatment for PTSD and has received a high level of recommendation by the American Psychiatric Association and by the mental health departments of Israel, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Sweden and more. It is listed in the new Department of Veterans Affairs & Department of Defense Practice Guidelines "A" category as "highly recommended" for the treatment of trauma. See http://www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/PTSD/PTSD_cpg/frameset.htm for more information.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based cognitive therapy that is designed to teach individuals life skills that assist to regulate emotion, tolerate distress and crisis, increase effectiveness in relationships, and replace problem behaviors. Originally developed for women with Borderline Personality Disorder, DBT has been also found to be effective in addressing adolescents with many other issues, disorders, and diagnoses such as:
- Extreme (black or white) thinking
- Chaotic relationships
- Family conflicts
- Intense emotions or mood swings
- Chronic feelings of emptiness
- Suicidal Ideation and self-harm
- Bipolar Disorder
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse and other impulsive behaviors
Restorative Justice & Community Service
We expect our patients to take steps to repair the harm they have done either directly or through community service. Turning Point Youth Center has partnered with many local groups such as Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and Lansing Community College to donate their time, skills, and experiences to the community. Patients are also encouraged to come up with their own ways to give back. Patients also have the opportunity to have a work permit to earn money to pay their restitution.
Employability & Independent Living Training
Patients have the ability to earn life skills such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, managing money, creating a budget, riding the bus, and more. Groups on topics such as applications, interviewing, resumes, and job skills provide our patients the tools they need to find gainful employment in the future. Additionally,patients have the opportunity to earn a work permit which allows them to work at our facility doing various jobs on the unit to earn money. This allows them to have a job history and a reference upon release.
Family therapy occurs once a month, or more if necessary. Turning Point Youth Center provides transportation to families who would otherwise be unable to reach the facility. Additionally, family therapies are available by phone or, occasionally, in the community should families not be able to travel to our location. Our therapists are also available for limited weekend appointments for families who cannot come during the week.
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional. Therapeutic interventions can be designed to: promote wellness, manage stress, express feelings, improve cognitive functions, behavioral and social skills.
Nurturing Father's Program
This is a 12-week group-based program for developing attitudes and skills for male nurturance. Participants develop effective family communication techniques to strengthen the father-child and father-mother relationships while learning how to create safe, loving and nurtured families.