Intensive Psychiatric Programs*

For Males and Females (Ages 13-17)

*This program is TRICARE®-certified.

Harbor Point Behavioral Health Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, offers residential therapy to children with mental illness. The adolescent programs respond to the need for gender specific programming for both males and females. Symptoms may include a history of trauma (loss of caregiver, multiple foster placements, abandonment, physical and/or sexual abuse) and may demonstrate substance use, self- destructive, aggressive, impulsive or minor self- injurious behaviors.

The adolescent programs serve males and females (Ages 13-17), with a psychiatric disorder(s) that requires a more intensive level of care.

Disorder(s) include:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Substance Abuse or Chemical Dependency
  • Psychotic/Schizoaffective Disorders
  • Self-harm/Non-Suicidal Self-Injurious Behaviors (will be assessed for WINGS/Oasis programs based on level of severity)

Treatment Services for this population:

  • Comprehensive Assessments
  • Individualized Treatment Plans
  • Psychiatric Services (includes Medication Management)
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Clinical Group Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Vocational Assessments/Services
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Psycho-educational Groups (example: Anger Management, Coping Skills, Problem Solving, Substance Abuse, Trauma, Healthy Sexuality, Boundaries, Grief and Loss)
  • Other treatment modalities may be applied when deemed appropriate


Specialized Areas of Treatment

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – DBT’s main goal is to teach the resident skills to cope with stress, regulate emotions and improve relationships with others. DBT focuses on skills training for both internal and interpersonal processes, using individual and group therapy as part of the program.

DBT includes a combination of group skills training, individual psychotherapy and phone coaching, although there are exceptions. Residents in DBT are asked to monitor their symptoms and use of learned skills daily, while their progress is tracked throughout therapy.

There are four main types of skills that are covered in DBT skills training. These are:

  • Core Mindfulness Skills
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
  • Emotion Modulation Skills
  • Distress Tolerance Skills

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) – A components-based treatment model that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles and techniques. Children and parents learn new skills to help process thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events; manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related traumatic life events; and enhance safety, growth, parenting skills, and family communication.