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Princeton House launches specialized program for men

February 15, 2011
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Princeton, N.J. – Princeton House Behavioral Health has launched its first program exclusively for men, offering Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient services to men who have experienced traumatic events that are currently affecting their sense of well-being and overall functioning.

The need for the program became apparent as Princeton House continued to treat men who exhibited symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, said Kameron Cassella, LCSW, a Clinical Coordinator at Princeton House Behavioral Health’s Outpatient Office on Mount Lucas Road in Princeton.

Those patients included men who experienced childhood abuse or other trauma, victims of serious motor vehicle accidents, 9/11 survivors, war veterans, and EMTs and others in dangerous, high-stress professions.

“We had seen so many men in our programs over the years who had experienced trauma,” Cassella said. “But when we researched it, we found there were very few available resources to treat this population.”

Cassella said the program design was based, in part, on the programs that Princeton House runs specifically for women. A pilot of the new program ran last year, before the current Men’s Program debuted in January. Men in that program reported feeling safer and more comfortable discussing their past trauma, its impact on their relationships, self-esteem, and ability to manage stress, Cassella said.

“One patient told me, ‘I’ve never been able to talk about it like this,’” she said.

Everyone entering the program undergoes a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation that will be used to develop an individualized recovery plan.

Each man in the program receives group and individual therapy, coping and life skills training, and education on maintaining his physical and emotional health. Family sessions are offered as well, Cassella said.

Program hours range from three hours a day, three days a week, to six hours Monday through Friday.

Princeton House accepts referrals to the program from other professionals and from patients themselves. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (609) 497-3343.

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