Specialty Residential Treatment (RTC)
Types of Specialty Residential Treatment
Therapeutic boarding schools offer educational programs that are integrated with the therapeutic program and include specialized supervision for students with behavioral and emotional problems, as well as substance use issues and learning difficulties. Often teens transition to a therapeutic boarding school following successful wilderness therapy or residential treatment. This can help them maintain the gains they received in treatment. Teens who are compliant in the treatment process and do not require intensive treatment are good candidates for a therapeutic boarding school.
A therapeutic boarding school is a school-based treatment facility that combines therapy and education for students with psychological, behavioral, and emotional challenges.
There, the teen would receive therapy while getting an individualized education and participating in recreational activities or service opportunities.
Typically, a therapeutic boarding school is highly structured to help students build emotional and personal skills while continuing their education. Many schools have college prep academics and/or special education services.
The difference between residential treatment and a therapeutic boarding school can sometimes be difficult to ascertain, but generally, students in a therapeutic school have completed other intensive treatment that has resulted in a degree of personal insight and cooperation that was not there previously.
Sometimes young adults (typically ages 18-28) need extra support as they transition into independent living and adulthood. There are many types of programs that can help these young adults as they transition. Often, these programs include the features of long-term treatment but with the goal of preparing young adults for independence.
At-risk teens and young adults dealing with wide-ranging emotional and behavioral issues may benefit from a wilderness therapy treatment program.
Teens and young adults who enroll in wilderness therapy typically do not thrive in, or have already not had success with, traditional residential or outpatient therapy, while others are simply resistant to treatment. In these cases, wilderness therapy can be an alternative to traditional treatment settings.
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The best way to figure out which type of therapy or treatment is best for your family is to talk with one of our mental health professionals.
They’ll consider your daughter or son's symptoms and treatment history and outline what you and your child want out of therapy to recommend the best next steps specific to your situation.
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