Specialized Groups

Rogers Memorial Hospital offers specialized day treatment groups for children and adolescents. Each group uses evidence-based treatment components and is led by experienced mental health care professionals specifically trained in the group’s area of concern.

Internalizing behaviors

Monday – Friday, 8 to 11:00 a.m., Brown Deer
Monday – Friday, 1:00 to 4 p.m., Milwaukee

For teens ages 12 – 18 with internalizing disorders such as anxiety and depression, this group will focus on challenging thought processes and behaviors that contribute to maintaining anxiety and depression, as well as educating patients on positive coping skills. There is a strong psycho-educational component regarding diagnoses for both the teens and their families.

Externalizing behaviors

Monday – Friday, 1:00 to 4 p.m., Milwaukee

For teens ages 12 – 18 with disruptive behaviors, treatment is based on a cognitive-behavioral philosophy to address problems including:

  • Poor anger management
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Impulsivity and distractibility
  • Persistent explosive outbursts
  • Defiant behavior toward authority figures
  • Aggression toward peers and adults
  • Poor social skills
  • School refusal
  • Declining school performance


Milwaukee: Monday – Friday, 8 to 11:00 a.m.
Groups for ages 5 – 7 and ages 8 – 12

Brown Deer: Monday – Friday 1:00 to 4 p.m.
Groups for ages 12 – 18

For children ages 5 – 18 who suffer from behavioral health issues related to the experience of traumatic events. The overall focus will be on alleviation of the painful symptoms that can arise following traumatic events.

Such traumatic events include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Loss of parents due to death or incarceration
  • Multiple transitions in the foster care system
  • Witnessing domestic violence or murder

Children will learn to:

  • Safely express their feelings about the trauma
  • Come to see their own reactions as normative
  • Reduce their feelings of shame
  • Learn to put the traumatic experience into a larger context
  • Obtain a sense of mastery regarding the painful events they have experienced
  • Participate in groups with peers who share similar experiences
  • Heal from their experiences to reduce long term effects

Like all the young people in Rogers Memorial’s day treatment program, a child enrolled in one of these specialty groups will receive a multidisciplinary evaluation including:

  • Psychological evaluation
  • Nursing assessment
  • Psycho-social assessment
  • Education assessment

Medication consultation with a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist is also available.

Our day treatment program’s school liaison works with school professionals so they have an understanding of the child’s diagnosis and how it may affect school performance.

For more information about admissions or to begin a screening
call 414-327-3000
or contact the location nearest you.