Milieu Therapy

The therapeutic milieu has long been considered an important healing tool in the treatment of individuals with serious mental illness in day treatment settings. This treatment format focuses on the specific therapeutic factors in the environment that contribute to the success of treatment. Specifically, the milieu is the physical environment, the culture that is created and maintained by the attitudes and behaviors of the staff and clients, the policies and procedures of the program, the rituals and daily programmatic structure and the rules for promoting safety and healing. The combination of these factors results in a “milieu experience” that has a primary goal of both supporting and educating clients about specific treatment issues, coping skills and encouraging participation through a safe, stable, predictable, consistent  positive and caring environment.