By choosing a program that specializes in treating the special developmental needs associated with young adulthood, patients receive treatment specifically designed for their unique issues. Menninger’s Compass Program for Young Adults' clinical treatment team members are experts in recognizing and helping patients manage the difficulties in transitioning into young adulthood.
The Menninger treatment team strives to understand and treat each individual as a whole person medically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. These multiple perspectives aid the evaluation of each person’s health, behavior and situations at work and home, as well as help with treatment planning.
Compass Team Responsibilities and Leaders
This team performs the following functions:
- The psychiatrist generally leads and coordinates the team, and manages medication.
- The social worker communicates with family and coordinates the post-discharge wellness plan.
- The psychologist performs diagnostic testing and communicates with the patient about progress.
- Individual psychotherapy is conducted by a clinical professional on the team, generally two times per week.
Together, the patient and Menninger treatment team set goals for treatment. With diagnoses and functional problems in mind, an individualized course of treatment is developed. Treatment modalities for which there is support in the literature are used; however, since not all therapies are rigorously evaluated, the team also relies on the clinical expertise it has developed during many years of treating patients in a comprehensive bio-psycho-social setting.
Patients with addictions receive additional therapy, along with education about addictions. They are encouraged to attend 12-step meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
The program director for Compass, Dr. Daza
is also the director of Clinical Training for The Menninger Clinic and an assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.
Dr. Daza earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston, from which she also graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She completed an internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Daza has given presentations across the country on depression, smoking cessation, motivational interviewing and suicide prevention. She serves as an examiner for the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and is a member of the Standards and Review committee of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers.
In addition to serving as medical director for the Adolescent and Young Adult Division, which includes Compass, Dr. Davidson is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
at Baylor College of Medicine. Her interests include obsessive-compulsive disorder and cognitive therapy.
A member of the American College of Psychiatrists, Dr. Davidson is board-certified in both psychiatry and neurology. She earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and completed a general psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry.
Torresy Smith, LPC, LCDC-I, MA
Torresy has nearly 10 years of experience helping young adults coping with addiction and substance abuse. His expertise includes anger management and athletes' mental health and substance use issues.
He earned his master's degree in counseling psychology from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and his undergraduate degree in sociology from Eastern Washington University.
Jennifer B. Slaughter, LCSW, CGP, CDWF
Senior Social Worker