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Adolescent Services

Adolescent Integrative Services

New Virtual Support Groups for teens and parents beginning in May.

Yellowbrick recognizes that many adolescents are struggling with psychiatric challenges which strain their well-being and ability to function effectively at school, with peers or at home. Adolescent Integrative Services at Yellowbrick provide a range of services geared toward preventive intervention within the context of a developmentally facilitating platform for teens who have already begun to manifest disruptive psychiatric difficulties.

The principles and emphasis of Adolescent Integrative Services are:

  • Individualized Assessment
  • Individualized Treatment Plans covering a spectrum of care
  • Self-regulation/governance skill development
  • Identity integration, secure attachment and social effectiveness
  • Integration of education and treatment
  • Emotional development

Interventions available include:

  • Further assessment as indicated
  • Psychotherapy and psychiatric services as needed
  • Collaboration with schools, professionals and currently existing providers
  • Education and educational support, including classes that maintain existing school curricula
  • Cognitively based skills development, including MBSR, DBT, Open DBT, ACT, CBT (anxiety, depression, insomnia)
  • Emotion regulation through sensorimotor mind-body integration
  • Family therapy and weekend family workshops
  • Trauma, addictions & eating disorder consultation/counseling
  • Narrative, drama, improv, and yoga as integrative therapeutic activities
  • Pharmaco-genomic medication & nutraceutical treatment
  • Neuropsychiatric interventions including neurofeedback and deepTranscranial Magnetic Stimulation


Paths to engage treatment based on level of care desired and needed

The Adolescent Services program is designed to provide the initiation of treatment through several assessment paths. Once initiated, treatment can involve a limited package of therapy services, a package drawing on a broader range of interventions, or participation in our After School Intensive Outpatient Program that integrates the full range of available services.


Treatment begins with one of three assessment paths:

  1. A 3-interview initial assessment (individual, family, psychiatric), designed to occur during one morning or afternoon. This initial assessment concludes with a feedback session a day or two later that focuses on and serves to initiate immediate treatment needs.
  2. Further assessment that co-occurs with initial treatment and that builds toward a more comprehensive and integrated formulation, moving toward an extended Collaboration Conference providing findings and recommendations of treatment components.
  3. A comprehensive original assessment that integrates all assessment components, culminating in an extended Collaboration Conference providing findings and recommendations of treatment components.

Available Assessment Components

  • Adolescent and parent psychological interviews
  • Psychiatric interview involving input from parents
  • Family interviews with parents and adolescent
  • qEEG (quantitative Electroencephalogram)
  • Educational needs assessment, including consultation with the school
  • Genomic testing
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Specialized Psychiatric Interview with the Medical Director to assist in understanding underlying etiology and dynamics
  • Components directed toward specific needs, including
    • Executive functioning
    • Life skills
    • Eating disorders and issues of relation to the body
    • Addictions
    • Trauma



There are three paths of treatment engagement varying by level of comprehensiveness and involvement. There is flexibility to move from one level to another as the need and desire indicates.

  1. Limited treatment involving individual and/or family therapy, educational support, and either psychiatric oversight or direct psychiatric services.
  2. The addition of treatment interventions and education or educational support toward establishing stability in meeting the developmental tasks of adolescence, including parent-child relationships. This path may involve partial integration into the After School Intensive Outpatient Program, as needs and scheduling indicate.
  3. Full participation in the After School Intensive Outpatient Program.


Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

  Monday Tuesday 1st and 3rd Thursdays
4:00 – 4:30 Nurturing Mind and Body Nurturing Mind and Body Nurturing Mind and Body
4:30 –  5:20 Regulating Mind and Body Regulating Mind and Body Regulating Mind and Body
5:30 – 6:20 Self, Family, Relationships Self, Family, Relationships Self, Family, Relationships
6:30 – 7:20 Skill Development & Practice Skill Development & Practice Skill Development & Practice



Family Thursdays

  2nd Thursday 4th Thursday
5:00-5:20 Welcome: Nourishing Mind & Body Nurturing Mind and Body
5:20-5:50 Embodiment (Parents & Adolescents Separately) Embodiment (Parents & Adolescents Separately)
6:00-6:50 Parent & Adolescent Joint Activity Parent Group Adolescent Group
7:00-7:50 Parent Education Adolescent Education Multiple Family Group



Compare Yellowbrick’s Adolescent Integrative Services

  Routine Adolescent IOP Yellowbrick Adolescent Integrative Services
Staffing Generally junior masters level Experienced Masters and senior Doctoral level
Assessment 1-2 hours interviews Flexibility ranging a spectrum from brief initial assessment to a fuller assessment including genetic testing, neuroimaging, interviews and a 90 minute Collaboration Conference
Service Integration    Splintered All components available on-site
Educational focus on Adolescent-specific developmental challenges Possibly Essential to the full treatment model and available as needed
Continuation of school General classes available Classes are individualized and coordinated with home school district
Schedule 3-5 days full or part time Flexible, depending on need, desire and availability, ranging from limited therapy services to 3 days after school with extensive family therapy
Skills-based CBT/DBT Sole intervention model  CBT, DBT, RODBT, ACT, MBSR, Sensori-motor approaches integrated into a fuller spectrum of treatment modalities
Mind-body work to regulate emotion/behavior  Infrequent, if at all Essential to the full treatment model and available as needed when there is more limited treatment engagement
Clinical Neuroscience Interventions Rarely available if at all On-site MD’s: neurofeedback, dTMS, medications, nutraceuticals, genomic testing
Family Therapy Usually 1x/week as an adjunct   Integrated fully into the treatment model, available 1-3 times/week
Family education & support Usually part of family therapy Availability of bi-monthly family workshops and of a Family Liaison for ongoing and as-needed round-the-clock consultation



If you or someone you know is suffering from mental illness, please use our confidential contact form to send us a message. Our Assessment Center will respond to you as promptly as possible.

At Yellowbrick, emerging adults find their way home.

For more information, please contact Yellowbrick at 847-869-1500.

1560 Sherman Ave, Suite 400
Evanston, IL 60201

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