Individual and family therapy

The advisor is a key component in the Valley View School therapeutic model. The advisor functions as the point of contact for both the student and his family. Treatment plans are developed by the advisor in conjunction with the clinical team. The advisor monitors a boy’s progress on a daily basis and is ready to provide in vivo therapeutic engagement as needed. Advisors counsel their students in domains such as behavioral and emotional regulation, social complexities, family issues, and school problems. Often, advisors will engage with family members and help the family system develop more positive patterns of interactions. Flexibility is essential in this role; when a boy is struggling in the program, it is not uncommon for the advisor to meet with the student on a daily basis. Since all of our advisors are clinically trained at the doctoral or masters level, they possess the clinical expertise to help resolve issues that arise. In short, advisors at Valley View School guide and facilitate the therapeutic process from enrollment to graduation.

Individual and family therapy
Three Ph.D. clinical psychologists provide individual and family psychotherapy for our students. These accomplished professionals are adolescent specialists. Many of our students have had lots of outpatient psychotherapy prior to arriving at Valley View. The difference is that our therapists work within the structure of our school, thus enhancing therapeutic power and engagement. Therapists benefit from the observational data regarding their students and are able to fashion interventions that utilize the varied resources of the environment. When family dynamics are the focus of treatment, we have a HIPAA compliant video room that is dedicated for family therapy.

Dr. Ann Maloney is a board certified child psychiatrist who attends to our students’ psychopharmacological needs. Dr. Maloney is on staff at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and enjoys working within the context of residential programs, such as Valley View School. We are fortunate indeed to have a clinician of the caliber of Dr. Maloney. Not only does she provide expert medication management, but she also takes a holistic approach to treatment and provides consultation on psychosocial interventions. Dr. Maloney sees students on campus on Monday mornings and is available throughout the week for urgent needs.

Valley View is situated on 215
acres of forests and rolling hills in
the heart of New England just 75
miles outside of Boston.
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