The Power of Evidence-Based Treatment Modalities for Teen Mental Health

The utilization of evidence-based modalities is a clinical priority for Newport Academy. Evidence-based practice means making decisions about client care based on the conscientious use of the latest scientifically validated treatment strategies.

This research-oriented approach results in an evidence-based treatment model that supports integrated healing. A long track record of successful recovery outcomes proves that evidence-based modalities work for clients and their families.

Evidence-Based Modalities Lead to Long-Term Recovery

With the goal of long-term recovery, an evidence-based approach offers an array of valuable treatment options. Ranging from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to experiential therapy to recovery counseling, evidence-based therapeutic modalities are proven to lead to positive results.

Having been studied and applied over time, these evidence-based practices have been refined, resulting in applicable and impactful approaches. Evidence-based practices go through rigorous testing and professional examination. Based on sound scientific research and implemented practice, evidence-based modalities offer a greater chance of long-term recovery and healthy outcomes.

Emphasizing Evidence-Based Treatment + Empirically Supported Treatments

Empirically Supported Treatments (ESTs) and Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) refer to specific mental-health treatment modalities that are proven to be effective in controlled studies. According to a clinical research article catalogued in the US National Library of Medicine, “EBP has been shown to improve patient care, increase patient safety, improve clinical outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and decrease variation in patient outcomes.”

Newport Academy believes that emphasizing evidence-based practice empowers clients and families. In treatment settings, hope is a valuable commodity, and proven track records lead to an abundance of potential.

The Five A’s of Effective Evidence-Based Treatment Practices

The five A’s of evidence-based practices support the development of a scientifically validated treatment program, such as that practiced by Newport Academy.

The five A’s of an evidence-based treatment program include:

  1. ASK the clinical question that applies to the client.
  2. ACQUIRE the most relevant and best evidence to answer the question.
  3. APPRAISE the evidence critically for validity, relevance, and applicability.
  4. APPLY the evidence, along with critical expertise, while keeping in mind the client’s preferences and values.
  5. ASSESS the effectiveness and efficiency of the previous four steps, then seek ways to improve the process.

The five A’s outline the evidence-based approach taken by clinicians around the world in a variety of disciplines. By keeping an open mind and valuing this approach, a clinician focuses on the needs of a client.

At Newport Academy, our clinicians match the most appropriate evidence-based modalities to each client’s unique history and constitution. Hence, long-term recovery becomes a viable outcome.

Evidence-Based Modalities at Newport Academy

Newport Academy focuses on a variety of evidence-based modalities as part of our treatment program. These evidence-based treatment options include the following therapies and counseling techniques:

1. Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

DBT helps clients identify their strengths and build on these positives. At the same time, DBT identifies thoughts, beliefs, and assumptions that make life harder. Developed by Marsha Lineman and proven in multiple contexts, DBT counseling provides new skills, helping to manage painful emotions that have become habitual. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is one of the few evidence-based treatments for Teen Borderline Personality Disorder.

The core evidence page of Behavioral Tech, a Linehan Institute Training Company, provides links to multiple studies of successful DBT results.

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2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Therapy or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the modalities used in Individual Therapy sessions at Newport Academy. CBT helps clients shift negative outlooks and behaviors, by highlighting the thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs underlying them. By revealing a client’s cognitive processes and how these processes relate to their behavior, a treatment program can help shift negativity into positive growth that promotes healthy recovery.

“Why Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Is the Current Gold Standard of Psychotherapy,” a research paper published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, details the latest viewpoints supporting CBT as the most effective evidence-based treatment option available.

3. Experiential Therapy

Experiential therapy is a therapeutic approach that employs self-expression tools and activities to help clients address challenges and issues. These activities can include, but are not limited to, role-playing or acting, arts and crafts, Equine-Assisted Therapy, horticulture, and other recreational activities. They help clients develop new skills focused on application and expression while also re-experiencing emotional situations from the past. Experiential therapy provides a safe space to access emotional expression.

The evidence for the effectiveness of experiential psychotherapies is extensive for a number of mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, and substance use disorder.

4. Adventure Therapy

Adventure Therapy is an experiential therapeutic approach that uses challenges in the outdoors as a tool for change. Influenced by Outward Bound programs founded by Kurt Hahn in 1941, Adventure Therapy became prominent in the late 1980s. By placing teens in natural settings to undertake challenging tasks, Adventure Therapy utilizes real or perceived risk as a clinically effective approach. In survival-like situations, teens learn to rely on themselves and each other.

Research catalogued in the US National Library of Medicine shows how Adventure Therapy has become acknowledged as an evidence-based treatment following 30 years of successful results.

Evidence-Based Modalities = An Ongoing Priority

At Newport Academy, the implementation of evidence-based modalities is an ongoing priority. Every treatment practice is seen through the lens of evidence-based practice. Ultimately, the goal remains the same: safe and sustainable recovery of our clients from the difficulties they face. Recovery means freedom for the future.


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