The gold standard in care

Children with chronic pain, especially in adolescence, suffer from challenges that affect the mind, body and spirit. The Integrated Healing Program at Children’s Wisconsin and Rogers Behavioral Health, uses a holistic approach to help teenagers work through their difficult health journeys, by teaching them coping mechanisms, taking part in group sessions with other patients and using evidence-based treatment. 

These evidence-based treatment includes:

Medication evaluation and management

Physical therapy

View a for a more detailed description of our physical therapy treatment in the Integrated Healing Program. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based type of psychotherapy and the gold-standard of care for kids with chronic pain, anxiety and depression. It focuses on addressing the relationship between thoughts, feelings, behaviors and pain. CBT targets unhelpful behavioral responses to pain, like avoidance of activity. Kids will be taught thought based strategies to identify and restructure unhelpful thoughts related to pain (cognitive) and behavioral strategies to improve coping and functioning (behavioral). These strategies are highly effective for reducing pain, reducing stress, increasing day to day function, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression and increasing self-efficacy. The skills learned can include stress management, relaxation skills, activity pacing, goal setting, and behavioral activation. CBT skills can have a big impact on how a child functions and manages pain.

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

In dialectical behavioral therapy, kids are taught healthy ways to cope with stress, to regulate their emotions, improve their relationships with others and learn how to be in the present moment. A key component to DBT is mindfulness which is learning to pay attention to the present moment on purpose, without judgment. This allows kids to learn to focus attention on what they choose rather than having pain, emotions, thoughts, or experiences control them.

Behavioral activation (BA)

The goal of behavioral activation (BA) is to reduce avoidance behaviors and increase engagement in activities that are important things that we all do (for example, hygiene behaviors), are enjoyable (or were previously enjoyable), and are in line with your values. Essentially, we want to help kids return to a fulfilling and rewarding life. 

Experiential therapy

Experiential therapy may include art therapy, music therapy, yoga, and movement therapy.

Family therapy and parent education groups

A child’s suffering impacts all members of the family. Our parent groups and family therapy are a key component to a child’s treatment and long term success. Parent groups offer both an educational component and an opportunity for parents to connect with other parents. Parent education topics include pain education, how to break the pain cycle, parenting tips on how to support a child in their treatment, parenting strategies in the context of parenting a child with chronic pain, education on depression and anxiety, and communication around pain.

Treatment goals

We work with each individual patient and family, to determine what they hope to achieve during their time in the Integrated Healing Program. Each teen’s goals center around these objectives:

  • Resume normal function in school, socialization, and activities
  • Regain control of their lives
  • Address emotional distress related to the pain
  • Regain physical strength and endurance
  • Reduce the need for medical services
  • Overcome the need to use any assistive medical mobility equipment (i.e. crutches, wheel chairs, etc.)
Contact us

To learn how we can help your child manage his or her pain, call the Integrated Healing Program Line for additional information or to request an appointment.

(414) 266-3955

Fax: (414) 266-1761

For Medical Professionals

Learn how to make a referral to our program

View the referral guide