Ascend Healthcare for Adolescents Philosophy
Ascend Healthcare provides residential treatment to teens in a luxurious and comfortable environment, with a focus on evidence-based therapies. We stress the critical roles that family and empowerment play within one’s journey to recovery. We connect with teens, helping them with their self-esteem, offering comprehensive educational services and providing them with support systems to last them well beyond their tenure at our facility. We treat many disorders, including substance abuse, depression, anxiety and trauma.
Areas of Specialization
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment
These two terms describe a person who is not only addicted to drugs or alcohol, but also has a mental or emotional illness, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, etc. Facilities that treat patients with dual-diagnosis or co-occurring disorders provide psychiatric treatment in addition to drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.
Some facilities have an addiction treatment protocol that all patients or clients are expected to follow, while others customize or individualize treatment based on a person’s unique needs and circumstances. Factors that may affect treatment decisions include age, lifestyle, medical conditions, type of drug, religious beliefs, etc.
Meet the Staff
Clinical Director, LCSW
Jessica comes to Ascend with over 10 years of experience in mental health treatment with both adolescents and adults. As the former Acting Director of the Addictive Behaviors Clinic at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, she developed expertise in the field of evidenced-based addiction treatment. At the VA medical center, Jessica trained colleagues on therapeutic practices and provided treatment to hundreds of at-risk veterans. Jessica also gained extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and trauma while working at medical facilities, community-based outpatient programs, and a residential treatment center. Jessica is passionate about helping her clients identify their personal values, strengthen their resiliency, and learn ways to effectively manage emotions. Her therapeutic approach is holistic in nature and builds upon her client’s strengths to help them live a full and meaningful life. Jessica received her Masters in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California.
Dr. Egan studied neuroscience at the University of Texas before moving on to medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After having her first child at the end of medical school, she became interested in child behavior and development, and pursued residency and Child and Adolescent fellowship at UCLA, specializing in the early diagnosis and treatment of childhood disorders and working with families to improve communication and relationships in order to help children thrive. Since her early training, Dr. Egan has devoted part of her work to low-income community clinics in the Los Angeles area.
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ABOUT ASCEND HEALTHCARE FOR ADOLESCENTS
In a beautiful Encino, Calif., facility set in the Santa Monica Mountains, Ascend Healthcare is a luxury residential rehab center for adolescents struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Evidence-based treatment is integrated with creative therapies in family-centered, personalized recovery programs. Clients may progress in their education through individualized curricula provided on-site. Detox is also available on-site.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The focus at Ascend is on holistic rehabilitation involving each client's whole family when possible. Families can expect daily communication with both staff members and their loved one, twice monthly sessions on-site, and help in planning for long-term family recovery.
According to the website and information provided to Rehabs.com by the facility, treatment team members are prepared to provide cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapies (DBT), trauma recovery-oriented eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and expressive therapies, including art, music, and theater.
Dual diagnosis treatment is tailored to meet each individual's needs and circumstances, addressing mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and OCD.
Accredited teachers work with individual clients to pursue their educational goals and potential. In keeping with the emphasis on creative arts in therapy, elective courses are offered in photography, music production, fashion design, and creative writing. An executive chef also offers cooking classes.
The facility's extensive aftercare program features home visits, intensive outpatient treatment, and referrals for sober living and support groups.
Treatment team members tend to hold advanced degrees and certifications. Among the employees listed on the facility's website are master's level licensed therapists, a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, a medical doctor with special interest in nutrition, a doctoral level social worker and educator, and a registered yoga teacher.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Website photographs feature bright, modern accommodations with support for several physical activities. Outside there is a swimming pool, a basketball court, and a fire pit with comfortable seating. Inside, shared bedrooms and bathrooms appear spacious, lounge areas have plush furnishings, and a workout room is well-supplied.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Rehabs.com has not received any reviews from this facility’s alumni to date.
On Facebook, where the facility may have the ability to control their page, all seven reviews included perfect five-star ratings. Two mentioned accommodations, referencing new amenities and beautiful grounds. Two noted the highly qualified staff, describing Ascend as being "run by dedicated and passionate people."
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Friends and family offered glowing reviews of Ascend. All three loved ones polled by Rehabs.com gave five star ratings to most aspects of the facility and indicated that they were very likely to recommend it to others. Particular praise was directed at the "caring staff" and "trained mentors;" the staff's level of training and experience received perfect five-star ratings from all three alumni polled.
Additionally, the facility's location was also noted by many friends and family. Loved ones praised the "beautiful surroundings," and the "great living conditions."
"From the first moment we made a phone call, Ascend staff held our hand, walked through the process, and ultimately deeply cared not only about our child well being but also about the family," wrote C.R."We were very impressed with quality care that we got. "
No information is available on Ascend Healthcare's website with regard to costs. The site does say that they do accept "a variety of insurance plans."
Published on January 2018
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