The Adult Psychiatric Program at Lake Charles Memorial's Archer Institute
works with a broad spectrum of psychiatric problems
such as mood disorders, psychotic disorders, disruptive behaviors and substance
detoxification. The program offers inpatient crisis stabilization, short-term
treatment, and comprehensive discharge planning for Lake Charles and southwest
Louisiana residents. The average length of stay is 5 - 7 days. Memorial’s
team-centered treatment plan includes:
Individual Sessions – This type of service is most often used when the patient’s
issues involve internal conflicts, intra-personal decisions, or symptoms
resulting in the patient’s self-imposed withdrawal and isolation
from others. Individual therapy helps the patient gain insight, resolve
internal conflict, and change behavior patterns.
Group Sessions – Unless there is a medical reason, patients attend one or more
group session daily. The approach is intensive with a “here and
now” focus on currently observed behavior. The therapeutic intervention
is supportive and confrontational based on the dynamics of the group.
All group sessions are open-ended so participants may be continuously
added and graduated.
Family Conferences – A family meeting is scheduled to discuss the patient’s course
of treatment, family’s view of the patient’s progress, and
discharge plans for the patient.
Education Groups – These groups vary in focus, but are designed to teach the patient
more effective social and coping skills.
Relaxation/Group Feedback – These may be group or individual sessions ordered by the physicians
for stress management, relaxation and education.
Therapeutic Activity – Certified activity staff members teach the patient appropriate
leisure skills that can be maintained after discharge from the hospital.
Spiritual Activity – The patient works to find emotional support in his/her religious
and spiritual beliefs.
23-Hour Observation Unit
Our observation unit is dedicated to meeting the needs of adults who are
currently in a condition that is likely to improve within a short period
of time, enabling the individual to return to mainstream community if
such significant progress takes place.
Mental health evaluations are available, free of charge, 24 hours a day,
7 days a week. If you believe you or a loved one may need behavioral health
care, call or walk in anytime for a free and confidential assessment with
one of Archer Institute’s mental health professionals.
Archer Institute of Lake Charles Memorial Health System
6713 Nelson Rd
Lake Charles, La., 70605