Psychological Health Care of South Louisiana offers special programs either integrated into therapy or as a supplement to it.

Coping Cat



Coping Cat and CAT project are evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions for anxiety in children and adolescents.

 

The program includes 16 sessions that teach kids to recognize anxiety early and respond with helpful behaviors and thoughts.

 

The programs focus on four related components:

 

  1. recognizing anxious feelings and physical reactions to anxiety

  2. clarifying feelings in anxiety-provoking situations

  3. developing a coping plan (for example, modifying anxious self-talk into coping self-talk, or determining what coping actions might be effective)

  4. evaluating performance and administering self-reinforcement.

 

The Coping Cat and CAT project therapist uses a workbook to guide the child or adolesent through consideration of previous behavior in situations in which he or she felt anxious, as well as the development of expectations for future behavior in anxious situations.

Behavior Management Training



Behavior management training is a 5-session program that teaches behavioral techniques to reduce undesirable behaviors, increase desirable ones, and create positive parent-child interactions. These techniques are derived from extensive research into parent-child interactions that suggests parents play an important role in changing behavior.

 

This program involves parents as co-therapists in the treatment of the child's problem. This training can benefit any parents, but it is most helpful for parents of children with ADHD, Disruptive Behavior Disorder, and/or Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).

 

Goals of program:

  1. Increase the value of the parents’ attention especially in motivating and reinforcing their child’s positive behavior.

  2. Increase attention to and incentives for compliance while decreasing  inadvertent positive attention to negative child behavior.

  3. Reduce inadvertant reinforcers (e.g., escape) 

  4. Reduce the frequency of repeat commands 

  5. Increase the use of immediate and consistent punishment for noncompliance.

  6. Recognize and end escalating or confrontational negative interactions

  7. Ensure that the parents do not regress to a predominantly punitive child management strategy once training has been completed.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

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126 Rue Colette

Thibodaux, LA 70301

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