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Intervention Strategies for Behavioral Health Disorders

To better assist our providers we have compiled Best Practice Intervention Strategies for a number of behavioral disorders. Click on each disorder below to learn more.

  • Individual Psychotherapy focusing on cognitive behavioral techniques
  • Family therapy to improve communication and to serve as a source of support
  • Group therapy with peers to develop social and interpersonal skills
  • Take prescribed medications consistently and monitor for side effects, if applicable
  • Develop increased anxiety management skills and self-confidence
  • Develop effective problem-solving skills
  • Assess routinely for suicidality
  • Participate in a medical evaluation to rule out any medical conditions that may be causing or contributing to anxiety
  • Transmissible infectious diseases and other bio-medical history (provide targeted risk-reduction counseling as indicated)
  • Co-occurring mental health or behavioral problems (ensure concurrent AOD and mental health treatment, as indicated)
  • Potential for withdrawal symptom severity and the need for medications
  • Motivation for change (using the Prochaska Stages Of Change model)
  • Protective factors and risk factors in the recovery environment
  • Potential for relapse
  • Participate in a medical evaluation to rule out any medical conditions that may be causing or contributing to anxiety
  • Participate in a psychiatric evaluation and take all medications as prescribed
  • Develop and practice positive coping skills to manage stress and anxiety (Such as adequate rest, proper nutrition, physical exercise, and recreational activities/hobbies)
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and guided imagery
  • Learn to recognize the difference between emotional and physical reactions to anxiety
  • Participate in systematic desensitization of feared stimuli while practicing relaxation strategies
  • Identify a social support team and increase participation in social activities
  • Identify negative self-talk and replace with positive statements
  • Involve family members in psycho-education about anxiety to increase
  • Understanding and support
  • Recognize, verbalize and address unresolved emotional issues
  • Educate parents on ADHD management
  • Increase parent/child symptom awareness
  • Parental tracking of assignments, chores, and home responsibilities
  • Rule out comorbid disorders
  • Assess for possible presence of parental psychopathology interfering with treatment
  • Take prescribed medications consistently and monitor for side effects
  • Develop and utilize effective study skills
  • Delay instant gratification in pursuit of long-term goals
  • Develop increased anxiety management skills and self-confidence
  • Develop effective problem-solving skills
  • Increase verbalization of acceptance of responsibility for behaviors
  • Identify stressors and emotions that trigger hyperactivity and impulsivity
  • Identify constructive outlets for energy
     
  • Conduct client education and family education as appropriate
  • Increase recognition of symptoms and signs of episodes
  • Confirm diagnosis of co-morbid conditions and treat accordingly
  • Monitor medication compliance and side effects
  • Regulate daily routines for sleep, activity, and relaxation
  • Increase awareness of interactions between medications and various foods, over-the-counter medications, as well as alcohol and caffeine
  • Identify stressors that trigger manic or depressive moods/episodes
  • Develop effective stress management skills
  • Identify positive coping skills for managing emotions
  • Increase awareness of signs of relapse
  • Develop personal support system and a plan for emergencies with support persons
  • Stress the need for continued medication compliance after stabilization
  • Develop and practice healthy stress management and coping skills
  • Develop and practice healthy problem-solving and communication skills (including how to effectively negotiate and compromise)
  • Develop and practice healthy ways to monitor and control impulses
  • Identify the connection between thoughts, feelings, and actions
  • Identify and replace cognitive distortions and negative self-talk (avoid all-or-nothing, black-or-white, and catastrophic patterns of thinking)
  • Develop and practice a routine of physical exercise, activity, and social involvement
  • Identify, verbalize, and address any unresolved grief or loss issues
  • Acknowledge the presence of any self-harm thoughts or suicidal thoughts and develop a personal safety plan to avoid acting on them (suicide is among the three leading causes of death for people ages 15-44)
  • Participate in a psychiatric evaluation and take all prescribed medications as instructed
  • Rule out other psychiatric disorders (e.g., grief reaction, personality disorders, Dysthymia)
  • Rule out medical disorders (e.g., hypothyroidism)
  • Rule out depression-inducing medications (e.g., steroids)
  • Rule out Substance Use Disorder
  • Participate in a psychiatric evaluation and take all medications as prescribed
  • Use a thought stopping strategy to interrupt cognitive obsessions
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing
  • Consider learning and practicing the Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) technique by confronting feared situations and objects (exposure) and resist performing compulsive rituals (response prevention)
  • Recognize, discuss, and refute dysfunctional beliefs (e.g., magical or catastrophic thinking patterns)
  • Develop and practice a daily ritual to interfere with the current compulsive pattern
  • Identify, verbalize, and address unresolved life issues
  • Provide psycho-education for family members and encourage their support for the patient during treatment
  • Develop and practice positive self-talk
  • Train parents in behavior modification techniques
  • Confirm diagnosis to rule out similar diagnoses that mimic ODD symptoms
  • Review parenting techniques to assess effectiveness of training
  • Monitor medications if prescribed for co-morbidity (e.g., ADHD, Depression)
  • Develop effective problem-solving skills
  • Develop appropriate assertiveness skills
  • Increase anger management skills
  • Assist parents in developing contracts/reward system for positive behavior
  • Increase acceptance of responsibility for behaviors
  • Decrease impulsivity and identify alternate appropriate behaviors
  • Maintain communication between all contexts: parents, school, and community
  • Conduct client education about PTSD
  • Confirm proper diagnosis and presence of additional diagnosis (e.g., Depression, Anxiety)
  • Increase awareness of symptoms
  • Identify events that trigger stress
  • Decrease guilt, shame, or anger
  • Confirm compliance with medications and monitor for side effects
  • Develop effective relaxation skills
  • Increase coping skills to manage anxiety
  • Develop or increase anger management skills
  • Increase social/communication skills
  • Conduct education on relapse prevention and warning signs
  • Consider appropriate medication for repetitive nightmares, flashbacks, and mood lability

Compiled from multiple sources; citations available upon request.