There have been many changes to our country in the past two years, some good, some not so good. One of the struggles that has occurred since the pandemic began is the severe increase in behavioral health issues. Stress of the many unknowns and impacts to our world have led many to turn to alcohol or drugs to escape from it all. One of the good things that has occurred, however, is the way Aspire Counseling Services has improved their evaluation of behavioral health patients to consider the impact of the pandemic.
Most behavioral health treatment centers include some type of question regarding previous trauma during their evaluation process. Childhood traumas or past traumatic events have been shown to influence drug and alcohol use; and that trauma must be addressed for the patient to heal and regain control of their life. However, the pandemic has impacted everyone as a traumatic event. Most everyone knows someone who lost their life, or faced job insecurity, or struggled with children missing school, or many more traumatic effects of the pandemic. Aspire Counseling Services has adjusted their intake questions to determine just how the pandemic impacted each person. They may have felt isolated, faced personal loss, or experienced financial insecurity; each person’s impact may be different, but they are all traumatic.
Yessica Avancena, Divisional CEO at Aspire Behavioral Health in Fresno and Bakersfield states that using the biopsychosocial model helps their behavioral health experts to effectively evaluate all factors that may be impacting their patients: biological, psychological, and social. The impact of the pandemic on the social environment was catastrophic, especially for elderly people and teenagers. Elderly people were isolated from loved ones and facing severe losses around them. Teenagers are social by nature, and the closures of schools and all places they typically gathered left teens feeling isolated and alone. The evaluation process during behavioral health intakes must now include ways to determine all the impacts the pandemic may have had on the mental health of each patient.
Aspire Counseling Services has effectively developed an evaluation process for their behavioral health patients that helps them to determine the most effective course of treatment for each patient. With that, and their proprietary mindfulness-based curriculum that provides a variety of ways for patients to connect, they have been extremely successful in treating behavioral health patients. Providing meditation yoga, pet therapy, art therapy, and even drumming circles, as part of the mindfulness-based curriculum, ensures that patients can find some activity that will help them connect with others and find ways to heal.
The staff at Aspire Counseling Services are passionate about helping others, and passionate about the unique curriculum that is at the heart of Aspire’s success. By implementing constant improvements, including the changes to the evaluation process, Aspire continues to develop and expand the programs they offer their patients and increase their success rates, a benefit for everyone. If you or someone you love is struggling with behavioral health issues, please reach out to Aspire Counseling Services today.
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