Treatment Approach

A resident’s treatment team includes the child and their family/guardian, an attending psychiatrist, clinical therapist, residential counselors, nurses, teachers and recreational therapists. We work together to develop a treatment plan that helps each resident reach his or her potential.

Our Milieu Treatment is based on Risking Connection®, which teaches a relational approach for working with children who have experienced trauma. Trauma is defined and experienced differently by different people. For example, moving to a new school may be a fun adventure for one child, but a devastating experience to another. We recognize the individual experiences of each child, and we utilize their unique strengths and resiliency to help them work through issues related to trauma.

Our treatment also involves using a related program called Trauma-Informed Treatment: The Restorative Approach, based on the book of the same name by Patricia Wilcox. In traditional residential treatment centers, rules and consequences provide order and control the environment. This traditional approach teaches children how to be successful in a residential treatment center environment.

In contrast, the Restorative Approach focuses on relationships, how attachments are wounded when certain behaviors occur, and how to restore that broken connection. It teaches empathy and helps children learn to correct their mistakes and “make things right.” This results in a sense of accomplishment and mastery of relational skills, and it relieves the child of the shame that so often results from the problem behavior and broken connections.

This approach starts with our staff members, who model and teach the Restorative Approach. All of our therapists are trained in Trauma Informed Care, and we match the therapist’s area of specialty to the needs of each individual child.

Specialties among our therapists include Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, DBT, Attachment, Substance Abuse, Autism and Specialized Family Therapy, working with Military families. Therapist credentials include Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT), Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Master’s level Certified Therapeutic Recreation (CTRS), Certified Art Therapists, Certified Music Therapist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

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