Child Center

Our children are precious. And when they are hurting, sometimes in ways that are hard for them to express, other times in a manner that may cause alarm for you as a parent, you may not always know where to turn.

Rogers Child Center is here to help.

Residential care for children 

The Child Center is truly unique. We specialize in mental health and kids who need the extra level of care residential treatment offers.  As the first and only residential program in the nation with comprehensive assessment and treatment for kids, we focus on children age 8 to 13.  

Led by a full-time, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, each member of our treatment team excels at creating strong bonds with children and families. Individual care plans meet the specific needs of children. And when your child comes home, he or she is ready to be a kid again. 

What we treat

The Child Center ensures specialty residential care for kids as part of a continuum of care for children and adolescents that spans several specialty areas. While we emphasize treatment for OCD and related anxiety disorders, the Child Center can help children facing the following disorders: 

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) 
  • OC-spectrum disorders
  • Hoarding
  • Trichotillomania
    • Excoriation disorders
    • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Anxiety disorders 
    • Generalized anxiety
    • Social anxiety
    • Separation anxiety
    • Agoraphobia
    • Specific phobias
    • Selective mutism
    • Panic disorder
  • Depression
  • Bipolar spectrum disorders
  • ADHD
  • Disordered eating
  • Multiple comorbidities and complex case

With a capacity of 12 beds, we often have 10 to 12 children at the Child Center at Rogers’ campus in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. It’s a safe, secure environment where you can rest assured your child is receiving quality care while living on site for approximately 45 to 60 days. 

Treatment components

Your child’s treatment is unique to his or her needs. He or she will experience individual and group therapy with a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, a therapist and a behavioral specialist several times a week. 

In these sessions, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the proven effective foundation of care, along with an emphasis on exposure and response prevention (ERP) for OCD and anxiety.  Both are treatments of choice for OCD and anxiety. 

We help your child reduce symptoms as he or she learns to identify and correct errors in thinking and gain skills to manage thoughts that can impact behavior. With ERP, they develop hierarchies to gradually increase exposure to their obsessions and compulsions—and learn to manage them. 

Experiential therapy is important, too. Walking on a trail, planting spring flowers, being challenged on a ropes course, spending time with a pet … all are experiences that help build communication, cooperation, confidence and skills like problem-solving. 

Treatment and therapy may also include: 

Family involvement 

You know your child best. As a parent or family member, you play an important role in successful treatment outcomes. At the Child Center, family education and therapy sessions help you and your child work through common challenges and build stronger relationships.

Parent University helps parents and caregivers become familiar with the types of treatment and terminology your child learns during treatment. Through a series of educational seminars, our clinical staff helps you feel more confident and comfortable in applying the principles you’ll learn. 

By joining in, you help ensure a successful transition back home. 

Education services and advocacy 

Your child can stay as active in school as possible during his or her stay. We hold school daily at the Child Center. Rogers’ certified teachers will, with consent, work directly with your child’s school to assess educational needs and help with reintegration.

The unique environment of the Child Center allows our staff to gauge your child’s ability to interact with other children, to assess his or her progress in therapy activities, and see first-hand how your child will react when facing a variety of challenging situations.

The center provides structured therapeutic programming seven days per week. Here’s what a typical weekday looks like:


Morning Afternoon Evening
Supervised breakfast Supervised lunch Supervised dinner
CBT or group therapy  Physical fitness activity  Therapy assignments; schoolwork
Nutrition or health education  Education services  Family time or recreation activity

In addition to the individual sessions with the psychiatrist and other treatment team members scheduled throughout the day and week, residential counselors are available 24 hours a day. The residential counselors provide assistance and one-to-one support for your child to help her or him stay compliant with treatment, set daily goals, problem solve, identify their feelings and assist with other issues that may be part of the treatment plan. 

The Child Center’s staff members excel at connecting with the children in their care. They know how to strike a balance between enthusiastically guiding your child through the center’s activities and providing emotional support during challenging situations or tough transitions.

While staying at the Child Center, your child has access to a full range of health specialists specifically trained for their age group, including:

  • Board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • Licensed clinical psychologists
  • Master’s level therapists
  • Behavioral specialists
  • Pediatric, family practice and internal medicine physicians
  • Registered psychiatric nurses
  • Registered dietitians
  • Experiential therapists
  • Certified teachers
  • Child and adolescent trained counselors

Our staff stays up-to-date with the latest advances in emotional and behavioral treatment and can provide valuable guidance to help your child reach his or her goals.

Eddie Tomaich

Eddie Tomaich, PhD

Clinical Services Manager, FOCUS Adolescent Program

As clinical services manager of Rogers Child Center and Rogers FOCUS Adolescent Mood Disorders Program, Eddie Tomaich, PhD, finds his experience in family-based therapy has made him well-versed in providing intensive, comprehensive care.

Previously a lead therapist for community-based youth and family services, Dr. Tomaich’s goal now as manager for the FOCUS adolescent program is to offer your teen and your family the skills you need to be healthy. “Family plays a vital role in ensuring that adolescents can be successful when they leave Rogers and I hope to actively involve them in the healing process,” he says.

Dr. Tomaich explains that this program builds upon your teen’s existing skills to help empower him or her. “By providing each adolescent with the techniques to overcome life’s challenges, we know they will be better prepared to manage what the future has in store for them.”

Child Center setting and tour

Located on 50 acres of wooded lakefront property in southeastern Wisconsin, parents and children alike enjoy the natural beauty of our surroundings and the Child Center’s comfortable setting. The Child Center occupies the first floor of the Child and Adolescent Centers facility which opened on the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, campus in fall 2012. Bright, open community spaces, semi-private bedrooms and a warm, welcoming décor are part of a safe, secure environment. 

The Oconomowoc campus, nestled between two lakes, provides an ideal atmosphere for growth. An indoor and outdoor ropes and challenge course, gymnasium, courtyard and greenhouse, art studio, playground, hiking trails and open outdoor spaces provide outlets for energy as well as opportunities for your child to discover their personal strengths.

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Child & Adolescent Centers Front Entrance

Therapy Services

Child & Adolescent Centers

Study Center


Main Lobby

Visitor Waiting Room

Day Room

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