|1340 W. Battlefield, #6
Springfield, MO 65807
|Intensive Treatment Program
Many families who are living with an attachment disordered child may be
most appropriately treated with Intensive therapy followed by continued
contact. An Intensive is designed for families needing work more
intensive than is provided in ongoing, weekly therapy. The goal of
treatment is the same, however, to repair/create the mother-child
attachment & resolve trauma. This is done using the treatment
modalities/techniques as seen on Our Services page. Ours is a
treatment designed to meet the physiological, neurological, emotional,
and psychological needs of those in our client family. Each family is
different and, therefore, will be treated with the interventions best
suited to meet their needs.
An Intensive is not to be thought of as a "quick fix" but rather a "jump-
start" for the healing process. Most often families are asked to
contract to follow-up sessions following an Intensive.
We offer a Two-Day and a Five-Day Intensive program. After consulting
with the family & obtaining a completed assessment packet, the
therapists at ACO will make their recommendation as to which Intensive
program would be best .
In order for the family to take part in an Intensive, the family must
contact ACO to obtain an assessment packet. It must be completed and
returned to ACO. ACO will then review the information and contact the
In order for a family to be appropriate for an Intensive, several factors
must be present. First, there must be a committed, dedicated mother
willing to put in the time and energy, during the Intensive and at home, to
build her relationship with her child/children. Second, members of the
family must be willing to address their own attachment issues, should
they exist. Third, there must be a support network/person at home who
is willing to enter into the treatment program with the mother and child.
This person may be a family member, but does not have to be. Finally,
the family must commit to follow-up contact with ACO or a hometown
therapist that is deemed qualified to follow-up and communicate with
The primary vehicle for change in the family and child is having the
attachment cycle, the cycle of unmet needs, completed repeatedly
during sessions. The completion of this cycle can produce affective and
behavioral regulation, the beginnings of an attachment relationship, and
the decrease in symptomatic behaviors. At ACO this is our goal. We
believe that with the proper treatment, even the most severe disorders
can be diminished. We believe that the remedy for permanent change is
with the family at home, thus making treatment very cost effective in
the long run.
Healing of trauma experienced is also an essential part of the Intensive
Treatment Program. While we realize that the trauma may be extensive
and will not be completely overcome in this short time-frame, the
Intensive allows for the beginning of the healing to take place in a way
that hourly, weekly session does not.
Behavior will change only after the basic deficit in attachment needs of
both mother and child is addressed and trauma is acknowledged &
The Two-Day Intensive program allows for an assessment session prior
to the two consecutive eight hour days of intense treatment. The same
2 therapists will work with the family for those two consecutive days.
Most often the Two-Day Intensive is held on a Friday and a Saturday.
Parents are considered co-therapists and will be actively involved in the
treatment process. Although the flat rate remains the same, the hours
involved working with a family may change each day depending on the
family’s needs and resistance to the treatment.
The Five-Day Intensive program is a daily, 3-4 hour session with 2
therapists and the family for 5 consecutive weekdays. Parents are
considered co-therapists and will be actively involved in the treatment
process. Although the flat rate remains the same, the hours involved
working with a family may change each day depending on the family’s
needs and the resistance to the treatment.
The cost for an Intensive, either a Two-Day or a Five-Day, is $4000.00
(as of July 1, 2008). The family will be required to complete
assessment materials and return them for the analysis by ACO
therapists. Once an Intensive is scheduled and the contract signed,
$350.00 is required to hold the scheduled dates. Should the family then
decide to back out of the contract, the $350.00 is forfeited as payment
for the assessment process.
Payment for services from Attachment Consultants of the Ozarks is the
sole responsibility of the family. Full payment is due at the time of
service. We can provide a receipt for services rendered that families
can provide to their insurance company or keep for tax documentation.
Insurance filing services are not available from ACO. We will accept
letters of financial commitment from State & Federal adoption
assistance programs. At this time, we do not accept credit cards.
**We do not and cannot guarantee any level of success in dealing with a
particular client or client family. Fees, therefore, are paid as
consideration for the specialized treatment provided by trained and
experienced therapists, not particular results with any client.
For additional information or to receive an assessment packet, please
contact us or phone us at 881.7151.
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