When this young woman came to the Community Day Treatment (CDT) Program at Starlight Adolescent Center, she had history of almost weekly hospitalizations because of suicidal behaviors.
She was living at home after several unsuccessful group home placements. She continued to express a sense of extreme hopelessness, self-loathing, and desire to harm herself. Because of strong interventions by her CDT, whose members worked closely with her treating psychiatric hospital, her relationship to others and commitment to herself quickly shifted and strengthened.
Described by counselors and teachers as “intelligent, friendly, creative, and athletic,” this young woman has been able to maintain safe behavior without a single hospitalization. Her remarkable accomplishment is testimony to the progress she has made with the help of Therapeutic Behavioral Services, Day Treatment Intensive services, county service team members, her teacher and district representatives, and especially her dedicated parents.
She has earned 71 high school credits since entering the program — enough to be awarded a diploma by her public school district.
We wish her well on a daily basis and are honored to help her celebrate her June high school graduation.