The Brattelboro Retreat's Adolescent Residential Program offers an age-appropriate approach that balances compassion and care with a strong emphasis on self-discipline, personal accountability and social responsibility.
Who is appropriate for adolescent residential care? Adolescents who participate in our Residential Program typically show symptoms of a variety of psychiatric and behavioral problems including:
- self-destructive behaviors
- coexisting substance abuse
- affective (mood) disorders
- oppositional defiant disorders (tantrums, arguing, angry or disruptive behaviors)
- post-traumatic stress disorders.
Many of these adolescents have undergone multiple treatment attempts before coming to the Brattleboro Retreat.
Assessment and Evaluation
For each patient, we conduct a comprehensive and multidisciplinary assessment and evaluation that involves the adolescent, his or her family members, and outpatient providers or case managers. Based on the results, we design an individualized treatment plan that is modified during the program as emotional and behavioral needs change. Discharge planning begins immediately upon admission, and the adolescent is assessed regularly to ensure that he or she is in the appropriate level of care. The Adolescent Residential program is designed to accommodate the needs of each individual adolescent, no matter how short or long the stay.
As an integral part of the Brattleboro Retreat, each program offers comprehensive psychological and medical therapies designed to promote health in mind, body, and spirit. Clinically trained staff utilize an array of interventions to teach self-motivation, personal accountability, integrity, responsible decision-making, and the ability to see oneself as a valuable, worthwhile human being.
Age appropriate services may include:
- Individual, family, and group therapy
- Medication services
- Psychological testing
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills group
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
- Experiential Groups
- Attendance at the Meadows School on the Brattleboro Retreat campus.
A typical day in the program begins with a morning session at the Meadows Educational Center from 8:30 to 11:30. Following lunch, residents attend groups in the treatment center from 1:00 to 3:30, focusing on group therapy, assertiveness training, self-management skills, medication education, chemical dependency and substance abuse issues, family issues, anger management, and special gender issues. In the late afternoon, residents return to their units for individual activities. Individuals earn privileges based on their behavior and active involvement in treatment. A behavioral point plan is in place to track each resident's interactions, attitudes, daily check-ins, homework, and social responsibilities. As a resident earns points for appropriate behavior; she or he can use those privileges for such activities as shopping, game room, road trips, and hiking. On- and off-ground supervised activities are organized on weekdays and weekends.