1. What is the difference between the PHP and IOP? Which is right for my child?

The main difference between the two programs is the length of the program day. The PHP operates between 12 PM and 6 PM, and the IOP between 3 PM and 6 PM. The PHP therefore represents a slightly higher level of care than the IOP. After the intake, the admitting clinician will recommend whichever program seems appropriate for your child.

2. What will my child be doing during the hours of Group Therapy?

Your child will be immersed in a rich experience based on the Wholeistic Education Model (WED) with the purpose of:

  • Experiencing relief from normal daily drama and conflict that reinforce poor behavioral and interpersonal habits.
  • Learning to overcome obstacles (anxiety, depression, poor habits, etc.) that prevent establishment of healthy relationships.
  • Learning to maintain membership in and enjoy the benefits of an unusually pro-social community.
  • Experiencing common stressors and interpersonal conflicts in a controlled educational setting.
  • Practicing managing these stressors in new ways and developing better habits through the Behavioral Guidelines.
  • Improving self-esteem through real accomplishment and development.

3. There seems to be some “non-structured” time built into the Group Therapy Schedule… why is this the case?

All time is “structured” in a way that permits maximal flexibility and richness of experience for all members. Much of the unusual power of the structure comes from its non-rigid, volitional, spontaneous, positive appearance and the resulting atmosphere.

4. I’m concerned about my child’s learning “bad habits” or being negatively-influenced by other children in the group… what is Direction’s stance on this issue?

Although this is of course possible, we feel certain that few things occur at Direction that are new to any given member, or that they are not likely to experience in any number of settings outside the program. One truly new experience we can assure all members is the powerfully pro-social environment in which things occur, and the powerful, non-violent pressures that encourage practice of more healthy habits.

5. My child would like to maintain friendships with children in the program outside of program hours… do you think this is wise?

The overall benefit of friendships developed at Direction is a matter of individual assessment. Direction empowers parents to make all decisions regarding their children’s peer group.

6. What does it mean if my child is “restricted” from your program?

Anyone who maintains commitment to our Behavioral Guidelines is welcome at Direction. When someone is restricted, we are simply honoring their decision to follow alternate behavioral standards that are not acceptable to our community. A restricted person is excluded from group membership and privileges. If and when a restricted person requests a reintegration meeting, they will be given the opportunity to meet with the Program Director. In that meeting, each person’s commitment to the Behavioral Guidelines is reviewed. As always, anyone genuinely committed to the Guidelines is welcome in the community.

7. What holidays are observed as DBHA?

The DBHA’s IOP will follow the Nashua School Districts’s Holiday Schedule for (single holidays only). Accordingly, the following 13 days will be holidays during which the IOP is closed:

A. New Year’s Eve
B. New Year’s Day
C. Martin Luther King Day
D. President’s Day
E. Memorial Day
F. Fourth of July
G. Labor Day
H. Columbus Day
I. Veteran’s Day
J. Thanksgiving Day
K. Day after Thanksgiving
L. Christmas Eve
M. Christmas Day

DBHA is open all year, during the summer as well as school vacations.

8.  How are services at DBHA covered?

DBHA is covered by most private insurances, Aetna, Anthem (Blue Cross Blue Shield), Cigna, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Plans, MVP, Tufts, UBH, Value Options.