PRP

Excel Youth is a program of BTST Services. They are a psychiatric rehabilitation program that works collaboratively with therapists to help children with mental health diagnoses develop the skills necessary to thrive. They provide PRP services to children ages 5-17 at our two locations in Frederick, MD, and Hagerstown, MD. Check them out!

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program

WHAT IS PRP?

 PRP is an acronym for

Psychiatric

Rehabilitation

Program,

which can be more easily described as therapeutic mentoring. This service is therapeutic as we work collaboratively with existing therapists on existing diagnoses.

HOW DOES PRP WORK?

 1.   A referral is made by a licensed therapist/psychiatrist.

2.  Once approved, a PRP counselor is assigned.  

3.   An intake and an Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) is developed with the client and family.

4.  The fun begins.

 

Counselors meet with clients weekly. Children - at least 4 times a month

Adults – at least 6 times a month

Visits rotate throughout the HOME, COMMUNITY, and the OFFICE.

WHO QUALIFIES

FOR PRP?

BTST’s PRP Program services children and adults ages 5-60 who have been diagnosis with a mental health disorder and are actively working with a therapist and/or psychiatrist.  

Children’s diagnosis can vary and with many being eligible for PRP services.  However, adults have a smaller range of approved diagnosis which can be found on the Priority Population Chart below.

GROUP ACTIVITIES

BTST groups are designed to use creative activities to engage clients while teaching skills needed to manage their diagnosis and reduce maladaptive behaviors.  An example of these groups include social skills, coping skills, communication, time management, family strengthening and healthy relationship skills.

 

BTST offers and coordinates themed groups with specific topics for each month.  For example, February (love yourself), March Madness (anger management group), April Showers (hygiene group) and November (being thankful).

In addition to all planned groups, counselors often coordinate their own groups (onsite and offsite) covering various topics relating to the clients individual goals.  These may include art expression, nature hikes, running groups and self-esteem scrap-booking. 

 

BTST also provides reoccurring bi-weekly and monthly groups.  These groups are provided by our staff and contractual professionals to bring fun and innovative programming to our clients while continuing to work on individual goals.  Theses reoccurring groups are detailed below.

Art


Art group is designed to assist clients of all ages to identify and express their thoughts, feelings, emotion mselves and each week we’ll check on their progress after sharing experiences with one another through bonding and nurturing peer relationships. They will also learn things about age appropriate make-up application, attire, and proper behavior.




Music


Music for F.U.N. (Fundamental Understanding of Notes) is a group designed to quickly engage and educate youth in the world of musical art in a fun-filled manner fused with expressive therapy. Youth learn the basics of playing guitars, keyboards, and drums during the “Music for F.U.N.” curriculum and finish with a fundamental understanding of music theory, songwriting, and the expressive therapy that it provides. These expressive arts methods of simple skills and focused sensitivity enhance our clients capacity for sharing their thoughts, feelings and experience. In this way, clients come to know themselves on a deeper level, become aware of their impact on those around them and allow them to encounter their world with compassion and presence. Music group is a vehicle for clients to gain healthy expressive outlet.




Yoga


Excel Youth’s yoga program, taught by Erin Droneburg, has been developed for both children and teens. It is not only designed to help children increase physical flexibility, imagination and creativity; but, most importantly, gives them the skills to help enhance their own self awareness, social interaction and self control. Through the use of different yoga games, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques and specific yoga poses, the program focuses on tools to help both children and teens deal with anxiety, impulse control, relaxation, stress management and social interaction.




Money Management


Money Management group assists teenage clients with learning money management skills that are needed and valuable in everyday life. The group focuses on budgeting, saving patterns, developing a schedule and process for paying bills, planning, etc. Through these lessons on money management clients learn other key skills such as structure, organization, responsibility, prioritizing, decision making, and communication that are useful in the rehabilitative process.




Workplace Readiness


Workforce Readiness group assists teenage clients with understanding the process and developing the skills needed to gain employment such as resume writing, the application process, communication, proper dress attire, interview techniques, time management and more. Clients also learn things such as interpersonal skills, following directions, listening techniques, consistency, and responsibility which are valuable in the treatment process.




Photography


The photography session is designed to help young teens and adults identify and express their thoughts through photos. It will also help them identify their personal sense of style. Group activities will help clients understand each other’s different observations of the world. Through the use of imagination, creativity, and feelings, the photography session will provide the opportunity for clients to build social skills, self-awareness and interpersonal skills.




Videography


Videography Group: Videography, being a means of capturing moving images is an art form used as expression and can also be viewed as a trade. Sharing their experiences and having a better understanding of how to manage one’s reactions is vital in the therapeutic process. In this group, clients will learn the terminology associated with electronic media as well as how to film and edit their own work. At the end of each program, they will have begun the process by developing a script, writing it, shooting it and compiling their own film which will show everyday scenarios and the appropriate behaviors for given situations.




Girls Group


The photography session is designed to help young teens and adults identify and express their thoughts through photos. It will also help them identify their personal sense of style. Group activities will help clients understand each other’s different observations of the world. Through the use of imagination, creativity, and feelings, the photography session will provide the opportunity for clients to build social skills, self-awareness and interpersonal skills.




Male Group






EXCEL YOUTH

Excel Youth is a program of BTST Services which provides PRP services only for Children and Adolescent in Frederick and Washington County.  Our program at these locations was named Excel Youth as we provide a unique approach to services delivery by taking a child focused approach.  Our interventions, groups, activities, office lay out etc., all are designed to engage today's youth while still working to yield great outcomes to help them EXCEL.  For more information about our program Excel Youth please click the link below to be transferred to it site

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