Inpatient psychiatric hospitalization is excellent at providing a very short term intervention, on a locked unit, that takes the person out of their natural environment and keeps them safe. Their main focus is on 24/7 supervision.
Though there is effort placed on teaching new coping skills, the focus cannot be on learning how to apply the new skills, since you are completely outside of your natural environment and away from most distress triggers (that occur at home, school and in the community). This element, although great for giving your brain a break, does not allow for real life practice. Teens will be admitted to Partial Hospitalization when we feel that they are a good therapy candidate, engaged in their recovery and might benefit from “on the job training” to integrate new coping strategies. They will also need supports to reinforce the skills at home.