Summer Therapeutic Activities Program (STAP)
Anxiety Disorder STAP
Ages 6-12 years of age
Each treatment session will be designed and facilitated by a Mental
Health Professional consistent with weekly overarching group topics (4
total overarching topics) related to the mental health needs of the
- Awareness and Understanding of How I React to Feelings and Anxiety
- Recognizing and Understanding My Self-Talk, Expectations, Fears, and Roles During Anxious Situations
- Learning and Practicing Coping Cat Skills for Anxiety
- Using My FEAR Plan and My Self-Rating and Rewards
These four overarching topics are based on the Coping Cat Curriculum,
developed by Phillip C. Kendall, PhD. Coping Cat is cognitive behavioral
treatment designed to assist school-age children to cope with anxiety.
The Coping Cat curriculum will be adapted for the STAP 5-week time
period. Core concepts such as awareness and recognition of bodily
reactions to feelings specific to anxiety, the recognition and focus on
the client’s self-talk during anxiety provoking situations, modifying
anxious self-talk into coping self-talk, and the client’s ability to
rate him/herself will be covered through the four overarching topics
Additionally, the Coping Cat Workbook will be used for each client in
order to coordinate client assignments with the Coping Cat Curriculum.
Parent education is an important component of the STAP and the Coping
Cat Curriculum. Parents are expected to attend the program on a weekly
basis so that they can be an active part of the treatment process and
learn the skills their child is learning. Additionally, parents are
provided education on how they can support their child to use skills
learned in the home, school, and community settings.
Disruptive Behavior Disorder STAP
Ages 6-12 years of age
Philhaven has been committed to providing creative alternatives to deliver high quality services that enable young people to grow and develop skills while simultaneously diminishing their need for high intensity services. The Summer Therapeutic Activities Program offers structured and therapeutic programming utilizing evidenced-based interventions to enhance:
- pro-social skills
- reduce aggressive and maladaptive behaviors
- improving functioning across settings.
STAP allows for youth to participate in therapeutic groups and activities specifically designed to meet their individual treatment needs. Youths’ participation in therapeutic groups and activities will provide opportunities to learn and practice skills that can be applied in the home, school and community setting. Practice of skills will build youths’ confidence and ability to successfully implement skills and improve their ability to function successfully in a variety of settings.
Family involvement and participation in the STAP treatment process will also provide the family with skills and insight into their child’s behavior and symptoms. Through active weekly collaboration and participation in the treatment process, families will improve their ability to reinforce their child’s skills and enhance their child’s success in use of skills learned.
Autism Spectrum Disorder STAP
Ages 6-15 years of age
The Autism Spectrum Summer Therapeutic Activities Program offers structured and therapeutic programming targeting the following areas:
- Display improved coping skills by showing reduction in behaviors related to rigidity or restrictiveness from baseline, Skillstreaming checklist, and parent ATEC reporting.
- Example problematic behaviors to reduce: yelling, temper tantrums, out of seat, refusing directions, arguing with directions, or low intensity aggression.
- Example behaviors to increase: Following directions, expressing feelings appropriately, using self-calming strategies, and/or asking for help.
- Show improvements in social development as evidenced by increase in positive interactions with others from initial baseline, Skillstreaming checklist, and parent ATEC reporting.
- Example problematic behaviors to reduce: arguing with peers, lying, interrupting, isolating.
- Example behaviors to increase: accepting “no.” cooperating in a group, following rules, and or getting attention appropriately.
- Parent education is an important component of the program. Parents are expected to attend a one hour weekly parent education session during which they are taught how to implement behavioral interventions with their children in the home setting. This parent education session will be facilitated by the Mental Health Professional during the STAP lunch hour. The client will not be present during this session. If parents are unable to attend these meetings, handouts and materials covered will be sent home and a Mental Health Professional will give follow-up call to caregivers.