Therapeutic Day Treatment

YFT's Therapeutic Day Treatment is an intensive level of mental health services offered to youth in school who are experiencing emotional challenges.


The Therapeutic Day Treatment program provides therapeutic supports to youth who struggle with symptoms of ADHD, depression, ODD, mood instability, etc.

The interventions employed by our staff will reinforce positive behaviors while reducing self-defeating ideologies and maladaptive responses to structure by implementing and teaching age appropriate coping mechanisms.

The program’s treatment strategies focus on helping students learn to:

  • Control aggression/anger;
  • Enhance communication and social and interpersonal skills;
  • Make healthy choices and better decisions;
  • Improve daily living skills, impulse control, peer relations, and problem solving,; and,
  • Improve community responsibility.
  • Improve overall psychological well-being 

What is Therapeutic Day Treatment or TDT?

Therapeutic Day Treatment is a school-based program designed to successfully address mental health, emotional, and behavioral issues that create a barrier to effective learning. YFT's Specialist’s facilitate strategic interventions such as CBT, Person Control, and Strength Based Modalities designed to address disruptive behavior immediately without interrupting the class to address one child’s acting out. Effective interventions improve classroom dynamics and allow educators to teach. An immediate intervention by a specialist gives a child the best opportunity to redirect problematic behavior so he/she can return to learning while protecting the learning environment for their classmates.

How Does TDT work?

The Therapeutic Day Treatment team provides therapeutic activities including Individual and/or group social skills education, behavior management, crisis intervention, family and psycho-educational interventions. Once a child or adolescent has been determined to be eligible for Therapeutic Day Treatment, a diagnostic evaluation is conducted, followed by the development of an Individualized Service Plan designed to cover therapeutic activities before, during and after school, as well as in the home and during holiday and summer breaks. 

Who is eligible for TDT?

Therapeutic Day Treatment participants are school-aged children and adolescents whose serious mental health, behavioral and emotional difficulties have resulted in significant functional impairments in major life activities. These youth are at-risk of removal from their home or school, their ability to handle self-contained or resource classrooms without intensive interventions has been seriously compromised, they have difficulty with interpersonal relationships and require recurrent interventions at home and/or in the community.

How is TDT funded?

Medicaid funds this service for youth who are current recipients and meet the eligibility criteria for the program.

Where is TDT offered?

The TDT program coincides with the Prince William Public School and Fairfax County Public School calendar/ schedule and operates Monday through Friday.