I am so grateful to Karen for navigating us through the world of teen help.
There are many choices to support a range of social, emotional, clinical and learning needs. The key is finding the place with the appropriate support for your child or young adult.
Rather than there being a definitive difference between therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment centers there are a spectrum of programs; from highly clinical residential treatment centers to less structured therapeutic boarding schools with the majority falling somewhere in the middle. They operate year-round with open enrollment and all places include school and, if needed, an opportunity to catch up academically. They also include the family through weekly therapeutic calls, visits, and family workshops. Each place is unique in the population they serve and the specific therapeutic support they provide, the match is critical.