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Day Treatment

Belfast and Saco

Day Treatment combines comprehensive behavioral treatment with individualized special education services. Services are provided to students who need out-of-school-district placement for a serious emotional disturbance, behavioral disorder, or mental illness. Services include individual therapy for students, family therapy, treatment groups, affective education, psychological consultation and testing, as well as psychiatric consultation.

Information for Clients and Families

Goal

The goal of the Day Treatment program is to return students to a less restrictive community-based, educational, vocational, or work placement.

Philosophy

The foundation of the Day Treatment program is guided by two treatment philosophies: milieu and family systems. Our belief is that children learn best when lessons are integrated with the context of here and now experiences of success. The classroom is the “milieu” or community that enables the student to feel successful and to learn about the importance of self and other. The classroom becomes the context that provides the student with a sense of belonging. In this community, the student has the opportunity to learn and to practice the skills necessary to function in a classroom setting and to interact in more positive ways with parents, teachers, peers and other adults.

Our belief is that we are working in partnership with parents and guardians to support their children to reach their goals. Therefore an important component of our program is family involvement. Parents or guardians and families belong to our school community. Our aim is to support the parents or guardians to have a strong voice and presence in the classroom and in our school community.

What Our Clients Are Saying

I was a teen at the site in Saco in 1966, and lived in the Brown Cottage. The Sargents were house parents then. I was a horrible kid and hated my time there, until it was time to leave, and then I cried. I didn't learn the value of my time at Sweetser until I became an adult. When you work with...

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