OCD and Anxiety
We know raising a teenager isn’t easy, and some days are more difficult than others. You want to help your child through their adolescence as best you can. If your child is struggling with a mood disorder, you or your current provider may determine that he or she would benefit from a more intense level of care to help him or her break free of emotions and behaviors that are far beyond the usual moodiness. Rogers Behavioral Health can help.
The Rogers FOCUS Adolescent Mood Disorders Program offers you professional mental health treatment for your son or daughter age 13 to 17 facing:
A mood disorder may cause severe shifts in feelings, isolation, loss of interest in activities your child once enjoyed and more. Symptoms of mood disorders vary by the disorder, but you should seek treatment if your teen can no longer function normally at home, school or with friends because of his or her emotions.
The FOCUS adolescent residential program, led by a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, is part of a continuum of FOCUS mood disorders services now in place at Rogers.
It may not be easy and will take real work, but with your support, we can help your child build the strength and skills to overcome their challenges.
Your son or daughter receives FOCUS residential care at Rogers’ main hospital campus in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. While in programming, your child will live on site for approximately 45 to 60 days in a safe, secure environment.
While in programming, your child will receive more than 25 hours of therapy and skills training each week. In group, individual and family sessions, he or she will use a variety of proven effective therapy components, led by behavioral activation. This type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps re-engage your child in activities they once enjoyed. By boosting the level of activity and social interaction, his or her depressive symptoms will decrease over time. Additional therapies include mindfulness and dialectical behavior therapy, along with appropriate medication management.
If you’re uneasy about enrolling your teen in a residential program, experience shows the sooner he or she receives the treatment they need, the sooner they’ll get back to just being a kid again. By addressing your child’s mental health challenges early on, you’re improving their chances of living a healthy adulthood.
Here’s what a typical weekday in the FOCUS Adolescent Mood Disorders Program looks like:
While busy, your child’s weekly schedule is manageable and allows time for breaks and personal activity. You and your family may visit your child on the weekends and participate in therapeutic passes. During treatment, you child will be encouraged to participate in community activities to help stimulate him or her and reduce depression.
As a parent, you play an important role in your child’s successes both in our care and at life outside Rogers. Through Parent University, we offer you education on your child’s treatment, skills they learn and techniques they will use. Attending these educational sessions will help ease your teen’s transition home and ensures he or she receives consistent messaging.
Our multidisciplinary staff members are trained to provide individualized care for your child’s unique, complex or severe behavioral health situation. Using a team-based approach, our staff address each factor contributing to your teen’s mood disorder. During your child’s stay, you’ll remain in close contact with the treatment team.
Peggy Scallon, MD, FAPA, is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who serves as the medical director of the FOCUS Adolescent Mood Disorders Program at Rogers Memorial Hospital–Oconomowoc. Dr. Scallon earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health in 1992. She completed a three-year general psychiatry residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver followed by a two-year fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. Prior to joining Rogers, Dr. Scallon was a clinical associate professor and the director of the residency training program in child and adolescent psychiatry with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. She has been honored for teaching excellence by her colleagues on the faculty at the UW-Madison.
In addition to her extensive clinical and teaching experience, Dr. Scallon has served as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the subspecialty of child and adolescent psychiatry. In 2015, Dr. Scallon was named a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA). She is an active member of the APA, the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Wisconsin Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Scallon is also a member of the Wisconsin Medical Society as well as the American Medical Association and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Rachel C. Leonard, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in utilizing behavioral activation and other cognitive behavioral-based treatment interventions for people with mood and anxiety disorders. She trains, supervisors and consults with the treatment teams who work with adolescents and adults in Rogers' FOCUS mood disorders residential and partial hospital programs, the Oconomowoc adult inpatient program, and the depression and anxiety partial hospital programs. Dr. Leonard received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, completed a doctoral internship in psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a post-doctoral fellowship with Rogers' OCD Center. She has specialized training in behavioral activation, exposure therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Dr. Leonard has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles and been interviewed by regional newspapers and television news programs on topics related to depression, OCD and anxiety. In addition, she has co-presented workshop sessions at national conferences, including the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychiatric Association and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). Dr. Leonard is an active member of the ADAA, and a 2014 recipient of their Career Development Leadership Award.
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.”
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