OCD and Anxiety
As a parent, all you want for your child struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or related anxiety disorders, is hope. The specific fears, thoughts and anxieties of these disorders are difficult for both your child and your family.
When your child faces the need for a more intensive level of care, where he or she can find the help to confront their challenges, we're here for you.
The Rogers Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety is one of the few residential programs in the country with a long-held commitment to serving adolescents age 12-17 facing OCD and related anxiety disorders, including:
The Adolescent Center provides a unique blend of intensive psychiatric therapy with adventure-based experiences in both wilderness and urban settings which produce positive results, many times in less than three months versus the 12 or 18 months often needed by other programs.
A leading, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist recognized nationally for his expertise directs the multidisciplinary team that will work with your child. We’ll develop a personalized treatment plan with a proven effective approach to help your child move forward with their lives.
The Adolescent Center is part of the comprehensive OCD and anxiety services offered by Rogers which, as a whole, provides care to more kids, teens and adults with OCD than any other behavioral health system. Your son or daughter will call the Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, home for an average of 45 to 60 days in this intensive level of care.
As with all our OCD and anxiety programming, your son or daughter will find our core therapy is a mix of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with an emphasis on exposure and response prevention (ERP). Through ERP, our team works with your child to develop hierarchies for gradual, but increasing, exposure to what drives their obsessions and compulsions. Studies continue to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach, as do outcome studies conducted by Rogers.
In addition to individual, group and family therapy sessions, your son or daughter will find that experiential therapy plays a key role in treatment as well. This can include art, music, horticultural therapy, indoor exercise and challenges. And with our setting among the lakes and woods of southeastern Wisconsin, they may find themselves on our ropes and challenge course, walking trails or, in the summer, using the kayaks and paddleboards on a nearby lake.
At Rogers, we want our residents to better function at school and with friends and family. That makes you an important part of treatment and recovery.
We expect family members to be involved in your child’s treatment weekly. By attending family sessions and group education, you become actively involved in helping your teen build skills in communication and cooperation. You learn how your teen’s illness fits within the context of your family.
You may explore family dynamics during adventure-based experiences that our therapists lead in a safe and secure environment. And you can help your son or daughter practice behavior and management strategies during therapeutic visits.
We know it’s important to maintain your child’s schooling as much as possible. We offer education services, staffed by certified teachers with experience in working with students with behavioral, emotional or cognitive issues. They will, with consent, work directly with your child’s school and make recommendations to aid your child return to school upon discharge.
A typical day at the Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety provides the structure and framework for your child to work on their exposure hierarchy, progress through individual, group and family therapy sessions, attend to homework, go on outings and more. This is just a sampling of a typical schedule:
CBT or group therapy
Physical fitness activity
Therapy assignments, schoolwork
Nutrition or health education group
Family time or recreation activity
Experiential therapy group
Your child will stay busy, but they do have time for breaks and personal activity. You and your family may visit your child on the weekends and participate in therapeutic passes. Treatment can also include community outings and guest speakers.
The personal involvement of Rogers’ full-time, board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists and clinical psychologists is one reason why the Rogers Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety is one of the nation’s best resources helping teens with OCD and related anxiety disorders get their lives back. But that dedication extends to all members of the team who will engage your son or daughter in gaining essential skills to address their unique, and often complex, needs.
At the Adolescent Center, our staff excels at providing a variety of experiences that teens can use to relate to their own issues. They then help each teen transfer this awareness and understanding into daily living skills such as communication, family interaction, personal achievement and self-responsibility. Assisting your adolescent on this journey are staff specifically trained for this age group, including:
In addition, your child has on-site access to experts who can consult for eating disorders, addiction and other behavioral health concerns.
Peter M. Lake, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and adult psychiatrist who practices full-time at Rogers Memorial Hospital's Oconomowoc campus. Dr. Lake joined Rogers' medical staff in 1994 as medical director of child and adolescent services. He served as the medical director of Rogers' Oconomowoc campus until April 2015, helping to build the hospital's reputation outside of the immediate geographic region through the development of specialty residential treatment programs that are known across the United States and increasingly around the globe for their clinical effectiveness. He established the original Child and Adolescent Centers and continues to serve as the medical director of the Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety.
Prior to joining Rogers, Dr. Lake was vice chairman in the psychiatry department at Physicians Plus Medical Group, S.C., and associate medical director for Physicians Plus Mental Health Case Management and Consultation System in Madison, Wisconsin. He was also an associate clinical professor at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Lake received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. He completed his residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. He was the recipient of the 1989 Marc C. Hollender M.D. Award for Outstanding Performance by a Psychiatric Resident, Vanderbilt University, Department of Psychiatry; and 1982 Superior Academic Achievement Award, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he completed his undergraduate degree.
His clinical areas of interest include early childhood development, attachment disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), childhood depression and anxiety disorders, medication management, and individual psychotherapy and family therapy. He is a frequent lecturer and consultant to school districts, social service agencies and case management systems.
Bob Mills has managed the Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety since it first opened as the Adolescent Center. He and Medical Director Peter Lake, MD, saw the needs of younger patients and worked together to develop a program specifically for teens. Bob has an extensive background of more than 20 years working directly with teens as an experiential and adventure therapist.
“A rewarding aspect of my role is to help parents and their child understand what can be accomplished here. I enjoy assisting families in understanding our program, making sure it’s a good fit. It is important to me that each teen and their family connect with our treatment team and feel that they are creating an individualized treatment plan that they understand and support.
Bob especially enjoys working with members of the treatment team to help teens who are feeling stuck, or feel that there’s no hope for them and then seeing them move forward in treatment.
“It’s a big step for any teen to come forward and accept help with difficult problems. We respect the opportunity we have to assist them in overcoming obstacles that have limited them somehow .Our multidisciplinary team works to provide real experiences that have real world transfer as they leave our program. Our young residents respond well to the balance we have of clinical opportunities blended with experiential and adventure therapy activities.”
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The Adolescent Center for OCD and Anxiety found a new home on the Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, campus in fall 2012 with the opening of the Child and Adolescent Centers facility. Soothing décor, bright windows and welcoming community spaces combine with therapeutic spaces and comfortable, semi-private bedrooms which can accommodate up to 24 residents.
Located on 50 acres of wooded property in southeastern Wisconsin, our outstanding on-site facilities and activities include an indoor gymnasium and art studio. Set between two lakes, teens have access to a ropes and challenge course, playing fields, hiking trails and year-round lake activities.
Our ideal location between Madison and Milwaukee offers off-site experiences in both urban and wilderness settings. Whether at Milwaukee’s lakefront, a museum, going on a camping trip, caving, or touring a university campus, your son or daughter will actively use their living skills in a variety of environments.
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