Specialty Behavioral Health Services


A.S.A.P Program

The Adolescent Sexual Abuse Prevention Program (A.S.A.P. Program) is designed for males 17 and under that are in crisis due to inappropriate and reactive sexual behavior. Generally the sexual behavior has been defined by family, school or law enforcement as abusive or inappropriate. The program enables youth to understand and gain control over such behaviors and readjust back into the community.  The goal of the program is to assist youth in developing healthier coping strategies and prevent re-occurrence in the future. Our treatment program is held in a highly structured atmosphere that provides youth with a safe and secure environment.

Treatment consists of various strategies including:

  • Offense discussion
  • Traumatic events
  • Anger management
  • Sex education
  • Cycle of behavior
  • Thinking errors
  • Relapse prevention

STARS Program

The Sexual Trauma Adolescent Recovery Services (STARS) is a program designed for females 17 and under with a history of psychological trauma, which can be physical, sexual or emotional in nature. The program’s goal is to treat the issues associated with trauma, including depression, dissociative disorders, self-injurious behaviors and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

 A variety of assessments are completed upon admission to help develop a multidisciplinary treatment plan. The treatment team will determine the best therapy to address the resident’s needs. 

Treatment consists of various strategies including:

  • Individual/Family therapy
  • Psychoeducational therapy
  • Activity therapy
  • Trauma informed care
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Equine Therapy

Pregnant Youth

University Behavioral Center accepts individuals who are pregnant.  We screen each referral on an individual basis to determine that the individual meets clinical criteria.

When a pregnant female is admitted a detailed plan is created for the patient’s stay.  We recommend and provide the following during one’s stay at our facility:

  • Labor and delivery care at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies in Orlando, FL and Winter Park Memorial Hospital in Winter Park, Fla.
  • An OB/GYN from Waterford Lake’s Women’s Health Center.
  • Education classes on pregnancy and delivery, offered by Planned Parenthood.

Complex Medical Issues

It is the policy of University Behavioral Center that every youth admitted has a History & Physical with Complex Medical Issues (if present) documented within 24 hours of admission and Psychiatric Evaluation with Axis III documented within 24 hours of admission. A thorough assessment of the complex medical issue is documented in the History & Physical. Any illness is monitored on an ongoing basis by contracted Medical Physicians with referral to a Specialist for direct access visits to follow the course of the illness. A treatment plan appropriate to the condition is established and implemented with visits to the Specialist to monitor the illness and treat appropriately.

Trauma Informed Care

Trauma Informed Care is defined as Mental Health Treatment that is directed by understanding the profound trauma impact on neurological, biological, psychological and social aspects and that a high percentage of persons who receive mental health services have traumatic experiences.

At UBC, we utilize these principles in each patient’s individualized treatment plan when clinically appropriate.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a well-researched and comprehensive treatment approach designed to help people who have difficulty in regulating their emotions. DBT provides the skills necessary to increase distress tolerance, manage emotions, improve interpersonal effectiveness and develop mindfulness, ultimately helping youth move toward having a life that feels more meaningful and worthwhile.  Treatment approaches utilized are sensitive to the varying attachment styles and individualized to the individual’s treatment needs. These treatment approaches are identified by the treatment team involving a multi-disciplinary approach for the most successful outcomes.

Educational Services

University Behavioral Center’s Educational Services are located on campus and is fully accredited through the Orange County Public School System. Educational Services at UBC is fully dedicated to each student by individualizing education during his or her stay at our center. We also offer a computer lab, reading lab and a library to enhance the students’ educational experience.

Teachers use a whole language approach and teach not only the basics, but also problem-solving and decision-making skills. School subjects offered to residents in grades K-12 include:

  • Reading
  • Language Arts
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Computer Skills
  • World Cultures
  • Vocational Skills

Educational Services at UBC values one-on-one attention between teacher and student, as well as small group instruction. We coordinate with both the student and home school to develop the most effective individualized education plan. Teachers also work with the clinical team to help each youth meet his or her specific goals and receive the best experience.