Inpatient Child / Adolescent Program


At Hickory Trail Hospital, our team of child and adolescent specialists understands the unique needs of youth. The transition from childhood to adolescence and into adulthood can be a time of tension, difficulty and turmoil. During this transition, some youth withdraw from family and friends, some signs for concern are:

  • Performing poorly in school
  • Sexualized behavior
  • Violent behavior
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Depression
  • Self-mutilation
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hallucinations


The focus of the inpatient child and adolescent program is to resolve the immediate crisis, provide life and self-regulation skills for long term success after discharge, and to provide support to families for the best possible outcomes.

Our diagnostic and treatment components include:

  • Psychiatric evaluation and diagnosis
  • Physical examination and laboratory data
  • Medications when indicated
  • Daily face-to-face meeting with psychiatric medical staff
  • Social support & Family Therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral skills
  • Recreational therapy groups including; sports, yoga, pet, music, art & horticulture
  • Psychoeducational classes with a focus on:
    • Strengthen daily functioning

    • Develop coping skills

    • Improve social and interpersonal relationships

    • Learn effective problem solving skills 

  • Discharge Planning

Our Team

The treatment team consists of the patient, family members, the physician, the therapist/social worker, nurses, and mental health professionals. Anyone on the treatment team can address questions regarding a patient’s individualized treatment plan. The primary group therapist serves as the patient’s case manager. The therapist coordinates the individual treatment plan with the assigned physician to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. The therapist also coordinates therapy sessions, family therapy, and discharge appointments.

From the moment youth enter our program, aftercare planning begins in order to assure continuity of care and help them successfully adjust back to daily activities upon completion of treatment.

Help is Just a Phone Call Away

While we cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, you can call to schedule a complimentary assessment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 972.298.7323. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.


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2000 N. Old Hickory Trail | DeSoto, TX 75115
Phone: 972.298.7323
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