A Bio-Psycho-Social Assessment of an Adjunctive Intervention for Youth in Residential Treatment

Rebekah Conway Roulier, Doc Wayne Youth Services, Inc., USA

Theme: Clinical issues

Poster Number: 85

Program ID: POS-2

Presentation: October 4, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Napoleon


The Doc Wayne Athletic League considered the life and treatment of the whole athlete during their stay at residential treatment centers. A novel adjunctive treatment for youth in residential treatment was considered in respect to its impact upon physical and emotional health, social cognition, life skills, emotion regulation, risk and reward behavior, and stress. The youth involved have significant at-risk behavior, notable mental health issues, marked affect dysregulation, and histories of exposure to extreme stress. Most are in the custody of protective services and all are provided an education through their treatment center. The Doc Wayne Athletic League (“The League”) is a sports-based intervention which incorporates principles from trauma-informed care and positive youth development, drawing from a trauma-based components model (Attachment, Regulation and Competency); a stabilization model (Dialectical Behavior Therapy); and an attachment-based interaction model (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy). This intervention takes the approach of incorporating subjective and objective indicators of outcome among non-participants, first-time participants, and multiple-season participants. Overall, the outcomes are unambiguously positive, with youth showing improvements across several domains of functioning. Effect sizes are consistent with the effect sizes of individual psychotherapies tested using Randomized Clinical Trials.

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