The Willows Program

The Willows Program at Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System provides a treatment team approach focused on acknowledging the impact of past trauma and unresolved emotional concerns while assisting the young woman in building safe and functional patterns for coping. The Willows Program is equipped to treat youth who have been victims of trauma, including sexual abuse an dissociated sexually reactive behaviors. The program utilizes Evidence-based practices sensitive to age, gender and trauma history. The Willows Program consists of a Trauma-Informed milieu structure which provides expressive therapy modules, exercises in accountability and empathy development, psycho-education, relapse prevention, identification of behavior cycles, development of grounding skills for emotional safety, and assisting patients with creating safe family and social supports.
The dedicated staff are trained to engage the complex issues affecting young girls and their families.  The clinical team includes two Child psychiatrists, a Licensed Therapist certified as an EMDR provider, a Unit Manager, Mileu Coordinator, Activity Therapist and nursing team with specific training in techniques of Collaborative Problem Solving, Trauma Informed Care and Relapse Prevention. 
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The program includes:  Individual, Group and Family Therapy, Nursing Education, psychiatric care and medication management, Dietary Counseling and Activity Therapy.  Also, every child attends school on-site led by Certified Teachers through the Hardin County School System.  The program also includes three tracks to accommodate the needs of each child related to age & developmental stage, history of treatments and co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse issues. 
Some of the treatment goals are: 
  • Reintegration into the child's home, school and social environment with an established safety plan and new skills for forming healthy relationships.
  • Healing within the family systems affected by prior trauma, sexual experiences and neglect and/or abuse.
  • Development of an extensive Relapse Prevention Plan that addresses both self-victimization and harm to others.
  • Mastery of healthy forms of self-expression and personal boundaries.
  • Psychiatric evaluation and identification of potential medication target symptoms
  • Management of symptoms and impact of psychiatric disorders.

Admission Criteria:

  • Current or recent patterns of self-victimization or other patterns through sexual acts/relationships.
  • Be between the ages of 9 – 17 years old.
  • The client must reasonably be able to benefit from treatment by having a full scale IQ greater than or around 70.
  • Potential for harm to self or others.
  • Recent behavioral acting out or self-mutilation related to past trauma.
  • The client presents with a psychiatric diagnosis of major mental disorder (i.e. PTSD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and/or Sexual Abuse of Child with or without substance use disorder).
  • History of self-victimization and/or psychiatric conditions requiring treatment.

Length of Program:

The precise length of stay is dependent upon the determination of each child's progress and benefit from treatment. The average length of stay is approximately 3 – 6 months.

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  complete each section and fax to 270-352-2832.