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Adolescence Center

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. rer. nat. Tobias Banaschewski
Medical Director (KJP-Klinik) and Deputy Director
Phone: +49 621 1703-4501, e-mail

Secretariat: 
Beate Rothacker, e-mail, 49 621 1703-4502, Fax: +49 621 1703-4505
Sylke Rauscher, e-mail, 49 621 1703-4503, Fax: +49 621 1703-4505

Prof. Dr. med. Martin Bohus
Scientific Director IPPP
Phone: +49 621 1703-4001, Fax: +49 621 1703-4005, e-mail

Secretariat: Sabine Irle-Bieker
Phone: +49 621 1703-4002, Fax: +49 621 1703-4005, e-mail

Prof. Dr. med. Christian Schmahl
Medical Director (Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy)
Phone: +49 621 1703-4021, Fax: +49 621 1703-4005, e-mail

Secretariat: Sabine Irle-Bieker
Phone: +49 621 1703-4002, Fax: 0621 1703-4005, e-mail

Adolescence Center

General Information

The adolescent center is a common treatment facility for the psychiatry and psychotherapy clinic for children and adolescents, the psychosomatic and psychotherapeutic medicine clinic and for the Institute for psychiatric and psychosomatic psychotherapy. Through the close collaboration of these three departments here patients will find for the first time in Germany disorder-specific and continuous treatment offerings for the entire adolescent period

 

Our “track concept” aims to guide and support the patients with a consistent treatment team through important life phases such as schooling and vocational training, dating and independent living. The focus is on a long-term outpatient treatment option, supplemented by inpatient and day-patient therapy. This allows for a flexible adjustment to the respective patient situation and thus improves the social integration of patients by closing the gaps in school and educational background.

Inpatient treatment units

On inpatient and day-patient floors, patients aged 16 to 24 who suffer from disorders of emotional regulation are treated based on the concept of dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT).

Outpatient treatment

Central Outpatient Clinic

Frequently outpatient therapy alone is enough. Otherwise, outpatient treatment will be implemented right after the inpatient therapy. Here we offer individual therapy and focused group therapy for patients, as well as groups for their families.

Focus of treatment

The model project Adolescence Center at ZI offers varied and continuous treatment for patients between 16 and 24, who suffer from disorders of emotional regulation.

Our treatment offer targets patients who may have one or more of the following disorders:

  • Borderline personality disorder (problems with self-harm, mood swings, negative self-image and loneliness)
  • Hyperkinetic disorders (ADHD) (problems with attention, impulsivity, restlessness)
  • Disorders of social behavior and emotions (problems with impulsivity and in interpersonal relationships)

For which problems can I find help here?

Are you between the ages of 16 and 24?

Do you experience strong, unpleasant emotions and mood swings?

Do you have eating disorders, or do you self-harm, or do you have marked problems with attention and impulsivity?

Do you despise yourself or your body and do you feel like you’re different from everyone else?

Do you feel like an outsider and are you constantly afraid of embarrassing yourself?

The Adolescence Center at ZI offers short and long-term assistance for these psychiatric problems.

We offer precise, outpatient diagnostics and can develop an effective long-term treatment plan with you and, if you desire, your family. We offer outpatient individual and group therapy, but also intensive inpatient and day-patient treatment programs. The treatment offered, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), was developed specifically for these problems and has been scientifically proven effective. The focus is always imparting skills to deal with mood swings, violent emotions and impulses. But also training to better deal with others and the feeling of loneliness.

Treatment concept

The Adolescence Center works according to the concept of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT): the focus of treatment is the mediation of specific skills to cope with stress tolerance, regulation of emotions, self-acceptance and interpersonal competence.

The outpatient or day-patient treatment lasts 12 weeks and is divided into several phases, during which initially skills to improve stress tolerance and the regulation of emotions will be acquired. On this basis then, focusing on individual difficulties and needs of individual patients and with the involvement of families and those affected, the aim is to deepen the acquired skills and apply them to everyday life.

For this purpose, a reference therapist (a doctor or psychotherapist) as well as two reference supervisors (nurses or teachers) are assigned to each patient. In addition to individual therapy sessions, there are numerous therapy groups (e.g. skills group/mindfulness group) as well as employment and sports programs.

Patients who are still school age may attend the ZI affiliated "Schule im Quadrat J5" for up to five hours a day. Alternatively, together with e.g. social workers or the occupational therapists, opportunities for internships and professional possibilities are designed.

Outpatient treatment can also take place directly following inpatient treatment. Frequently outpatient treatment alone is enough. Here we offer individual therapy and varied group therapy for patients, as well as groups for their families.

Building blocks of treatment

We provide a comprehensive, modular treatment program, which is based on the current scientific standard, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

If required we offer

  • Diagnostics
  • Group therapy

Outpatient treatment

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • A supportive social worker
  • Family counseling

Inpatient and day-patient treatment

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy options
  • Family counseling, meeting with parents
  • Drug treatment, medical counseling
  • Occupational therapy
  • Sports and exercise therapy
  • Sociotherapeutic measures
  • Adventure education

Certified treatment provided by Deutschen Dachverband DBT [German umbrella organization for DBT]

Hospital School ("Schule im Quadrat J 5")

Principal: Dipl.-Päd. Petra Rexroth, M.A. (SR'in) / Markus Schulz (SKR)

Adress: Schule im Quadrat J5
Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit
J 5, 68159 Mannheim

Contact: Phone: +49 621  1703-1650; Fax: 0621 1703-1655; e-mail

Our hospital school ("Schule im Quadrat J5 ") is a public school attended by all children and adolescents undergoing inpatient treatment in the Dept. of Child- and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the CIMH. 

The school has a branch at the Wespinstift, a children’s home located in Mannheim-Vogelstang, where children are taught in two small groups.

The school is run by the city of Mannheim, its supervision rests with the State Education Authority in Mannheim.

Right to education: The hospital school assures a young person’s right to education and teaching even when he or she cannot attend his or her home school due to an extended illness. The school can perform exams, assign grades and hand out report cards.

Our students of all age- and grade levels, educational backgrounds and school types are primarily from Mannheim and the Rhein-Neckar District, but also from other parts of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse or other states.

Our teachers hold teaching certificates for elementary and lower secondary school, secondary modern school and grammar school levels or for the different forms of special education.

Lessons: Students are taught in groups of six to eight pupils. With regard to methodology and didactics lessons correspond to the individual capability of students, the performance level of each student and the lesson plans of students’ home school.

Special educational needs: According to the Education Act Baden-Wuerttemberg our hospital school functions as a special education school for all school types. Special needs arise due to impairments in learning and achievement as a consequence of the students’ illness.

Diagnostics and counseling are important tasks of our teaching staff.

Our interventional diagnostics are aimed at strengthening healthy aspects and building up learning aptitude, closing learning gaps, recognizing specific learning disabilities and pointing out appropriate therapeutic steps, fostering students’ motivation and activating skills, supporting re-integration, initiating changes in school careers and providing vocational guidance.

Cooperation with the hospital: As teaching professionals we work in close cooperation with the different levels of the hospital. We attend medical rounds, school-relevant case conferences as well as meetings with parents and youth services.

Cooperation between hospital school and home school: Our hospital school and students’ home schools work in close cooperation. During a student’s hospital stay we try to avoid learning gaps. After their discharge from inpatient treatment, students will go back and join their regular class if at all possible. To this end, they will continue to work on the same subject matters as their home-class, write class tests, study for exams, and receive report cards. They may also be enrolled in special support programs to bridge and overcome learning difficulties.

Cooperation between hospital school and home school: Our hospital school and students’ home schools work in close cooperation. During a student’s hospital stay we try to avoid learning gaps. After their discharge from inpatient treatment, students will go back and join their regular class if at all possible. To this end, they will continue to work on the same subject matters as their home-class, write class tests, study for exams, and receive report cards. They may also be enrolled in special support programs to bridge and overcome learning difficulties.

Special needs counseling: Our hospital school has established a special needs counseling center for preschoolers with special educational needs undergoing in- or outpatient treatment at the CIMH, for students and their parents in case of developmental, learning and speech disorders in association with psychiatric abnormalities, for preschool facilities, schools and early counseling programs as a possible contact to the outpatient services of the Department of Child- and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the CIMH.