The philosophy of the STAR-Center is to provide state-of-the-art youth suicide prevention through the specialized and evidence based assessment and treatment of children and adolescents suffering from depression and or anxiety.
- To provide psychiatric evaluation and suicide risk assessment of at risk youth.
- To provide patients with specially designed individual treatment consisting of cognitive-behavioral therapy that may include problem-solving, interpersonal communication, emotion regulation and distress tolerance skills.
- If teen requires a higher level of care, the STAR-Center provides 9 hours of treatment per week through the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
- To provide psychoeducation about depression to the family to help enhance their understanding of the teen or pre-teen’s current symptoms including suicidality.
- Educate the community about early identification prevention strategies.
- Collaborate with schools as needed when faced with issues related to child or adolescent suicide and tragic loss.
- Bereavement groups for children, teens and adults who have lost a family member to completed suicide.
- Training and education opportunities for internship placement for Master’s level and Ph.D. students and psychiatric residents.