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Behavioral and Educational Skills Training (BEST)

2069.2 miles away
509-474-3131
Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Behavioral and Educational Skills Training (BEST)

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Caring for a child with emotional needs can be challenging. You’re never certain how to set clear expectations. And you question whether you’re managing their behavior effectively.

We understand your frustration and concern. When your child exhibits challenging behaviors, you want to know you’re doing all you can to foster positive behavior, healthy social-emotional development and self-esteem.

That’s why we’re proud to offer help and support with the Behavioral and Emotional Skills Training (BEST) program.  

BEST is a therapist led, hospital-based day treatment program that provides intensive therapeutic treatment for children 8-12 years old. The program is designed for children who have behavioral and emotional problems related to past trauma or mental health issues. The program works to individually meet the needs of the child while improving their relationships with family and friends and school performance. Attendance ranges two to five days per week, based on the needs of the child.

We work closely with your family, local mental health providers, schools and other professionals to provide a program that meets the individual needs of your child. While enrolled, your child will work with professionals dedicated to their well-being, including a psychiatrist, registered nurse, licensed therapist, social worker and a Spokane Public School teacher. 

Program goals

BEST is a day treatment program. Family therapy sessions will be scheduled with members of the team based on the needs of the child. The BEST program has four goals for parents. We want to help you: 

  • Understand the basics of managing behaviors
  • Learn and apply your new skills consistently
  • Increase your confidence in managing your child’s challenging behaviors
  • Build a network of other caregivers for support after your training  

BEST is a training program that teaches parents, families and caregivers proven ways to influence and promote positive behavior, develop unique behavior plans and set limits with your child.

The program uses the most up-to-date research and gives parents a structured training experience that shows you how to apply practical techniques for improving your child’s behavior consistently.

We work closely with families, schools and other agencies to provide a program that works for your child and promotes healthy behaviors. Your child will work with a team of healing experts, including: 

  • Psychiatrists
  • Registered nurses
  • Clinical social workers
  • Mental health counselors
  • Spokane Public Schools instructors  

To enroll, parents/guardians will provide a history of the child’s mental and physical health. Once complete, we will work with your insurance company to obtain authorization. This can take one to 10 days depending on the insurance company’s response.

Upon insurance approval, the BEST department will schedule the start date, determine the hours and number of days the child will be enrolled in the program and where they will attend the program.

The services provided include group therapy sessions run by a licensed therapist, individual therapy, family therapy and medication management appointments with a psychiatrist. 

Children will bring their own lunch and will eat together.