The reasons why children and adolescents suffer psychologically are many and varied. For us at BUP, it's important to see the unique situation that every child, adolescent and family finds themselves in and the choice of treatment is always made in consultation with those involved.
For many, a few counselling sessions are sufficient to find a solution to the problem. These structured sessions can also offer parents support in handling the problem on their own. We then no longer need to meet. If additional treatment is required, there are many alternatives.
Utilising and strengthening the resources found in the family and its immediate network comprise one of the cornerstones of our work. As such, we use methods such as networking and different forms of family therapy, such as systemic family therapy, child-oriented family therapy, functional family therapy and solution-focused family therapy.
We also have many different forms of group therapy. We have structured and pedagogic groups for children, such as Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as themed groups for children whose parents have substance abuse problems or psychiatric disorders, for example.
We have special groups for children and teenagers exposed to trauma, such as sexual abuse or witnessing domestic violence. We also have therapy groups which work with a process-oriented focus on friendships and the ability to function in groups.
We use pedagogic programmes such as parent training in which children and parents attend parallel groups. We also have parent groups and sibling groups for those with children or siblings with different psychiatric diagnoses.
In order to improve relations between children and parents, we work with different interaction therapies such as Theraplay and Marte Meo, and for families with newborns and infants we have interaction therapy groups.
We can also work individually, with children and teenagers, using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy (PDT) and dialectic behaviour therapy (DBT).
We offer pharmacological therapy in cases where we feel it would help the child or teenager overcome their difficulties.
As a complement to our local outpatient clinics, we have intermediate care units, which reinforce outpatient care efforts when they need to be intensified for a short period.