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Overview

Residential treatment for issues of self-injury and other problems stemming from pervasive emotional dysregulation is strength-based, child- and family-focused, and also stresses the importance of attachment and building healthy relationships. Candidates for treatment are males and females who want to change their self-destructive behavior and are willing to participate in intensive psychotherapy.

 

Program Details

Despite their dramatic presentation on the surface, self-harming and other impulsive or life-threatening behaviors are often linked to deeper issues at play beneath the surface, like many other behavioral health issues. For families supporting a child or children with these issues, the immediate dangers of self-harm are very real.

That’s why our approach to residential treatment for clients with pervasive emotion dysregulation is trauma-informed, strengths-based, child- and family-focused, and stresses the importance of attachment and building healthy relationships.

Our trauma-informed approach addresses the source of behaviors using dialectical behavior therapy and other evidence-based therapeutic interventions.

  • Evidence-informed best practices help clients learn to manage intense emotional states in healthier ways
  • Team of behavioral health professionals includes licensed therapists
  • Comprehensive self-injury assessment
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Impulse control management
  • Education and support
  • Case management/aftercare planning
  • Financial counseling/insurance assistance
  • Psychiatric services

There are various programming options available based on each client’s individual needs.

 

Residential treatment

Our residential treatment program offers therapeutic services in a 24/7 supervised setting for youth with acute needs, using a combination of therapeutic, psychiatric, medical and milieu services. This highly structured environment offers numerous therapeutic activities and groups, recreation, and opportunities to practice learned skills in a safe environment.

 

Self-Injury Intensive Outpatient Program

This program includes individual and group therapy, and therapeutic milieu activities for 6-9 hours per week during the late afternoon and evening. Clinicians and staff provide initial orientation and commitment to program components, identify and address barriers to comprehensive treatment, and collaborate with existing community treatment providers and school personnel. Each week, group therapy and milieu groups focus on dialectical behavior therapy skills building, strengthening and generalization via empirically supported therapeutic learning activities. Individual and family therapy occur weekly to support skills training and enhance family relationships and communication.

 

Community Counseling Services

Community-based individual and family therapeutic programming is scheduled for three hours per week. Transportation to and from the program can be provided within a negotiated radius if transportation is not provided by family or health plan.

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What is Great Circle?

Great Circle is an agency providing a unique spectrum of behavioral health services to children and families. With specialized programs and highly trained professionals, we provide hope to those in difficult circumstances throughout Missouri and beyond.

Building A Brighter Future On Strong Foundations.

In 2009, Edgewood Children’s Center and Boys & Girls Town of Missouri combined to create Great Circle. Building on the strengths of strong legacies, Great Circle is now one of the largest behavioral health providers in Missouri and beyond. We reach more than 34,000 children, individuals and family members each year.

A sum greater than its parts.

From licensed psychologists and educators to our highly trained campus staff, we’re proud of the people and partners behind Great Circle. Whose hard work, dedication and never-give-up spirit help make a difference every day in the lives of those we serve.

Trusted partners on the path ahead.

With state and national accreditation across a range of treatment and educational options, as well as a multidisciplinary board of directors made up of respected professionals and volunteers, our leadership team has the vision and expertise needed to help plan and prepare for the path ahead.

Holding ourselves to the highest standards of excellence

Great Circle has raised the bar in its industry by setting high standards in delivery of care, by holding itself accountable to rigorous, independent, third-party review of its programs, and by routinely measuring and reporting its performance.

  • Sarah

    Caleb's Mom

    "The staff understands each individual child and their needs. Every person my child has come in contact with has made him feel as though they truly care about him as a person and about his future. They work on social skills in a way that the mainstreams school can't. My son has a bright future because of Great Circle."

  • Carol

    Brittany's Mom

    "We love our respite worker. She truly loves my daughter and does all that she can to use the time they spend together well. My daughter looks forward to the time they spend together."

  • Damien

    Age 15

    "What I like best about the staff at Great Circle is that they will help me through my saddest and angriest times. I never had someone that I could talk to that didn't judge me for my past, but since i have been here I can talk to the staff and know that they care about me and aren't going to put me down. The staff here are like my family - they are always here for me. I am really grateful for that. I feel like this is my new home, andI am glad that I came here!"

  • Jill

    Reese's Mom

    "I can’t tell you how it makes me feel to again see my child laugh and smile. She is blossoming into the wonderful young woman she is and I owe it all to you and your program and staff. Thank you for giving my child and my family our lives back."

  • Meet Mike.

    Mike had been desperately trying to find help for his son Lucas, who had health problems and had been diagnosed with autism at age 3. As his son grew older, he became harder for his parents to control. His behavior got so severe, his mom left. Alone with two toddler sons, Mike was having a hard time keeping a job and taking care of his boys. He learned about Great Circle and enrolled Lucas, and things began to change. Lucas learned to use picture communication, was potty trained, and within a year and a half began to speak words. “You saved my son’s life,” said Mike, “and mine!”

  • Meet Rita.

    Kyle's Mom

    "I did not expect my son would ever go to an overnight summer camp. But his experience was so great, and I was very impressed and touched by what I witnessed here. I plan on him attending Great Circle's camp next year."

  • Evan

    teen mom

    “I left a bad home situation because it wasn’t safe for me and my baby, but then I was a homeless, unemployed, teen mom. I didn’t have anywhere to go and I was terrified my baby would be taken from me. The Empowering Youth program took us both in and I was able to keep my baby with me while the kind staff helped me figure out our next step. They helped me find a longer term transitional living program so I can get back on my feet and provide a better life for my baby.”

  • Dylan

    Age 15

    "What I like about the education program is that the teachers help me with my work when I need help. They are very respectful to me. I like that there is a credit recovery for me to do so I can get caught up in school. I like this because I am three years behind in school and the head administrator is helping me get caught up in school."

  • Meet Frankie.

    "Great Circle was there during one of our darkest times as a family. Greg, our case worker, went above and beyond in helping our family during a very hard time. He did more than what I understand to be required of him, and I believe without his dedication and hardwork in the last six weeks we would be much worse off."

  • Diana

    Caydee's mom

    "It helps me take a look at life from another viewpoint besides my natural inclinations. I've learned to slow down and consider alternatives which could lead to more positive life choices."

  • Janiah

    Age 9

    "I love Great Circle for finding my mom and dad for me."

  • Marshall

    Candace and Ty's dad

    "What I like best about the Great Circle staff is that they really make an effort to see where you are coming from, and they work to help you through your problems."

  • Meet Mark.

    Great Circle alumnus

    "In the two years I was in Great Circle's care, they helped me lay the foundation of the man, husband, and father I am today. If it was not for this foundation, I would not have the most important things in my life – my wife and three children."

  • Kenzie

    Age 14

    "I was finally able to work on building a relationship with my biological father. I have also built a strong and healthier relationship with my mother."

  • Meet J.P.

    "I’m not sure what kind of person I would have been without the Transitional Living Program. It shaped me into a more responsible and independent person. I won’t lie; it has been a tough road. I am happier than ever and know that the future looks bright. For that I could not be more thankful."

  • Alexa

    Age 19

    "My case worker makes sure I have everything I need to be successful and gets me anything I need quickly. He has helped me to feel ready to become independent when I turn 21. We have a good relationship and I know I can always talk to him about anything."

  • Meet Jordan.

    Age 17

    "I have always been scared about growing up and being all on my own. I never really had anyone to teach me how to do that before. But the groups at Great Circle are making me feel less scared, I'm learning a lot about how to take care of myself and it's nice to be able to talk about everything with people who really care."

  • Emily

    Age 18

    "The Chafee program staff are amazing! They push me to be better, and believe in me like no one else ever has! I love them so much!"

  • Daniel

    Kayla's dad

    "Through these parenting groups, I've gained the knowledge and skills to be a nurturing father to my daughter. The program has truly been a blessing and still helps me today."

  • Crystal

    Age 13

    "I would just like to say thanks for setting up Changing Prisms for all of us girls. It really meant a lot to me, and has given me a new perspective on life."

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    Aisha

    William's mom

    "Thank you for making it possible for children with special needs to test themselves, meet challenges, and enjoy life through adventures."

  • Christopher

    Age 15

    "In LIFT, I made friends that care for me and want me to be successful."

Contact Great Circle

With campuses and services statewide, Great Circle’s footprint reaches across Missouri, the Midwest and beyond. Impacting the lives of more than 40,000 children and individuals each year.

Call us at 1 (844) 424-3577 (GCHELPS)