Support, Treatment, and Resilience Program
STAR offers mental health care for teens and young adults
The Support, Treatment, and Resilience (STAR) Program delivers high-quality outpatient care to teens and young adults ages 14-25 who are at risk of psychotic illnesses.
The program offers individual therapy and medication management for young people who are experiencing changes that impact thinking, emotions, behavior, and functioning that may indicate an increased risk for psychosis.
If you or your loved one are experiencing any of these changes, STAR may be able to help:
- Difficulty thinking clearly/concentrating or expressing thoughts clearly
- Changes in speech, such as vague or unusual speech patterns
- Changes in thought content, including suspiciousness, emerging odd thoughts, or unusual beliefs
- Perceptual disturbances, such as increased sensitivity to sights, sounds, hearing one’s name being called, or hearing or seeing things that others do not
- Difficulty expressing or understanding emotion
- Increased sadness, anger, irritability
- Decreased motivation or withdrawing from friends and family
- New problems at school or work, including falling grades or difficulty completing assignments
- Worsening hygiene or a lack of concern about appearance
The program is also suitable for young people who may have a close relative diagnosed with a psychotic disorder.
STAR is covered by most insurance carriers. Length of treatment varies depending on the needs of the individual.
For those who are seeking treatment following a first episode of psychosis, please consider McLean OnTrack.
The goal of the STAR Program is to intervene early to promote mental well-being and improve functioning at home, school, work and social life.
A majority of mental health disorders have roots in childhood and adolescence. In teens and young adults, it can be difficult to differentiate between the normal challenges of growing up and emerging mental illness.
STAR’s clinicians focus on helping patients to understand the changes they are experiencing. With a focus on resilience, the STAR Program, helps teens and young adults manage stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, maintain daily routines, set and meet goals, and learn self-care.
Each patient meets regularly with a program therapist and psychiatrist. Our staff creates treatment plans geared to the specific needs of the individual.
Treatment is customized for each patient and can include:
- Diagnostic assessment, treatment planning, and education
- Individual therapy and mindful use of medication, when appropriate
- Treatment of underlying illnesses such as anxiety, depression
- Learning skills for coping, emotional regulation, reducing stress, and reaching goals
- Use of motivational interviewing, a proven treatment model for substance use
- Family support
Admission & Cost
The STAR Program is ideal for adolescents and young adults ages 14-25 who are experiencing changes in thoughts, behavior, emotions, or functioning.
Speaking with a trained professional about diagnosis and treatment is a critical first step in early intervention and in understanding and addressing the problem. Contact us now to get help for you or your loved one.
For further information about the program or to make a referral, please contact:
Emily E. Carol, PhD, Clinic Director