Published on Apr 18, 2022 12:00 AM

Navigating Treatment Centers for Our Children

The SonRise Project creator Kelli Richardson Lawson introduces Dr. Marie Smith-East, PhD, who is the director of the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program and is a clinical assistant professor at the Duquesne University School of Nursing. In this episode, Dr. Smith-East helps parents consider treatment options for children. She says recognizing your teen or young adult needs help with mental health and or substance abuse may feel overwhelming. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, Dr. Smith-East provides helpful information to parents navigating options from a nursing perspective. Those options might include residential treatment programs, wilderness programs, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs. She urges parents to get to know their child’s treatment team, ask questions and take a comprehensive holistic view of care. Most of all Dr. Smith-East encourages parents to have hope. She says finding the right treatment for your child is possible.

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