Oppositional Defiant Disorder Treatment Center in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Behavioral Institute helps teens who are struggling with oppositional defiant disorder through an unmatched quality of care and support. Located in Detroit, Michigan, DBI is the leading provider of ODD treatment.

ODD Treatment

Learn more about oppositional defiant disorder treatment at Detroit Behavioral Institute in Michigan

There are going to be times when a child argues with their parents, outwardly disobeys set rules, or talks back to parents or other authority figures. While this is completely normal behavior demonstrated throughout the childhood and adolescent years, when this behavior is ongoing and is excessive when compared to what is normal for the child’s age is may indicate the presence of a behavioral problem such as oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). At Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy our staff understands how seriously disrupting behavior problems can be and we are fully equipped to treat all children and adolescents who are struggling with oppositional defiant disorder; getting them back on the right track for a successful future. Oppositional defiant disorder is a mental health condition in which a child displays a repetitive pattern of defiant and hostile behavior toward those in actual or perceived positions of authority. This extremely inappropriate behavior will cause a great deal of dysfunction in a child’s daily life, including activities at school and at home. The specialized treatment offered at Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy can provide a child or adolescent struggling with ODD the treatment needed to manage their emotions and learn behavior more appropriately is social interactions.

Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy (DBI|CA), since being established in 2004, has been the provider of premier treatment for a large population of young individuals throughout the state of Michigan. Our residential treatment programs provide supportive, therapeutic, and compassionate care for both male and female children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19 who are struggling with mental health disorders and co-occurring concerns. Located in Mid Town Detroit, we are within one mile of Detroit Children’s Hospital and Detroit Medical Center, which adds to our ability to provide comprehensive medical services when needed. At DBA|CA, we are dedicated to keeping youth, families, and the surrounding communities safe in order to reduce recidivism, while at the same time teaching youth to be more productive members of society.

The programs we offer have been designed for adjudicated youth, youth who have committed criminal acts, youth who are required to undergo psychiatric treatment, and non-adjudicated youth who are in need of a structured setting while recovering from traumatic experiences and/or mental health concerns. Our gender-specific tracks, in addition to our specialized treatment tracks for adolescents who are struggling with substance abuse, cognitive or developmental delays, and significant traumatic backgrounds is what makes us stand out from our competitors. Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy can provide holistic treatment that will effectively help children and adolescents, allowing them to lead achieve more successful futures.

Why Consider Treatment

Why consider treatment for ODD at Detroit Behavioral Institute in Michigan

If oppositional defiant disorder is not properly treated the resulting consequences can be dire, affecting all areas of a child’s life with some consequences following them into adulthood. As a child, ODD may prevent them from being able to excel academically and their defiant behavior can lead to many disciplinary actions being taken, which may include suspension or expulsion. Additionally, because of their hostile behavior and irritability it can be difficult for these young people to make friends, leaving them feeling left out and socially isolated. Furthermore, ODD can lead to the development of more serious problems, including conduct disorder, substance abuse, and delinquency.

When it comes to treating oppositional defiant disorder, treatment generally involves the use of several types of therapeutic interventions, in addition to training for both the child and the parents. Because the treatment of oppositional defiant disorder usually requires the use of many different treatment modalities at one time, a residential treatment program is often a good choice because not only does it provide a multitude of therapies under one roof, but also provides a child with a structured environment where they can focus completely on recovery. Additionally, a residential treatment setting will provide children and adolescents with 24 hour access to medical monitoring and support from a fully trained team of clinicians.

Our Philosophy

Detroit Behavioral Institute philosophy and benefits

At Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy, our mission is to provide comprehensive mental health services for youth that will empower and strengthen them in the development of prosocial skills; skills that will also have a positive impact on their families and communities. We believe that treatment is a life-long commitment to personal growth and development that is necessary in order to acquire and maintain a healthy lifestyle. For this reason, we strive to provide all of the young people that we treat with the tools necessary to face their futures with the confidence they need to be happy and successful. Our overall goal is to provide a holistic, therapeutic, social environment that promotes the utilization of evidence-based treatment practices, while also teaching socially appropriate behaviors to the children and adolescents entrusted into our care. When practiced consistently, we firmly believe that these learned behaviors will assist in preparing youth for their future, therefore improving the chances of their successful return to the community, as well as their adaptation to a healthy and safe lifestyle.

Types of Treatment

Types of ODD treatment offered at Detroit Behavioral Institute in Michigan

Each one of the programming options offered at Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy uses evidence-based practices, which are delivered by a highly experienced team of clinicians. We offer each patient an individualized treatment plan, allowing our caring team of professionals to be able to provide specialized care that meets the unique needs of each patient. Through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and behavior modification, patients receive a full continuum of care that helps ensure successful recovery.

Our residential program is broken up into seven separate units, with separate tracks offered for patients who are struggling with substance abuse problems, cognitive impairments, and significant trauma histories. Based upon the information gathered from a patient’s referral source, in addition to the information gathered during our pre-admission evaluation process, each patient will be assigned to the unit that is most appropriate for his or her identified needs. The following treatment components are incorporated into programming for all patients across all units:

Medication management: All of our patients meet with a psychiatrist a minimum of once each week in order to monitor the therapeutic effectiveness of any medications that may be prescribed, as well as to make any changes that may be necessary. Our doctors and psychiatrists are on-call 24/7, and our nurses and nurse practitioners are available on all units 24/7.

Individual therapy: Patients across all units meet with a therapist on an individual basis, at least once per week. However, on some units, patients receive a minimum of two individual sessions per week. If needed, additional sessions can be added for any unit at any time.

Group therapy: Group therapy sessions are a major aspect of treatment here at Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy, and patients on all of our units engage in a minimum of four group sessions per week, however some units engage in more sessions than others. Group therapy sessions include process groups, psycho-educational groups, and social living skills groups. Our staff utilizes the “Thinking for Change” curriculum, which focuses on prosocial skills, emotional regulation, and self-expression. In addition to these groups, problem-solving groups are held on a daily basis, and some youth attend additional weekly substance abuse groups, as determined by their individual treatment plans.

Family therapy: Family involvement is extremely important for the overall success of a child’s treatment, which is why we implement family therapy sessions as part of the therapeutic process. The frequency of such sessions varies between units, but usually occurs either once each week or once every two weeks.

Experiential therapies: In order to provide a fully holistic approach to treatment, we offer a number of options for experiential therapies in addition to the more traditional forms of therapeutic interventions. Examples of various experiential therapies offered include:

  • Music
  • Team-building activities
  • Art
  • Recreation (held at a minimum of once/day)
  • Yoga (held once/week)
  • Life-skills building activities
  • Drama

Educational programming: All patients participating in programming at Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy attend school through Capstone Academy Charter School. Capstone, with one location on our main campus and a second on our north campus, is a fully accredited educational provider pursuant to Michigan Law and authorized by Detroit Public School. Every patient attends school Monday through Friday from 8:00am until approximately 2:00pm. The onsite educational services provided through Capstone use both traditional and program-modified teaching methods, offering a setting that allows our staff the flexibility to balance educational requirements and clinical needs, while also facilitating the successful transfer of educational credits and academic records.

Medical care: Medical care is available on an ongoing basis, with patients meeting with a medical doctor at a minimum of once each week. Such medical care includes physical evaluations, vision exams, dental exams, and other routine medical exams when needed.

Continuing Care

Continuing care and levels of treatment for ODD

At Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy, we recognize that full recovery includes the implementation of successful discharge planning and thorough continuation of care. As such, discharge planning meetings are held for each patient at least 30 days prior to being discharged from our program. Our discharge planners work with referral sources and case managers in order to ensure that patients are comfortably transitioned into the most appropriate placement following their departure from Detroit Behavioral Institute – Capstone Academy. Whether youth is transitioning back home, into a step-down program, or into an independent living situation, we make sure that all children have an established safe setting to go to. Our discharge planners maintain open communication with each patient’s referring agency’s case manager throughout their stay with us so that all transitions are completed without conflict. For those patients who need to enter into independent living environments, our staff will work with DHS in order make sure that such arrangements are fully established prior to the adolescent’s departure from our care.

What Past Clients Say

Comparing my son's behavior from before going to DBI to now is such a turnaround! I cannot thank the staff enough!

– Parent of a former client