Residential Care: Highly Effective for Teens’ Attachment Disorder

A collaborative residential care and treatment environment is a highly effective means of helping adolescents and teens recover from trauma and attachment disorder.

Adolescents and teens who have experienced significant trauma may develop attachment disorder accompanied by mental and emotional disturbance. Treating these issues presents a substantial challenge in the traditional therapeutic environment.

Fortunately, residential care provides an alternative, especially when it incorporates a collaborative approach to treatment.

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The Role of Residential Care & Treatment for Attachment Disorder

The exceptionally complex and challenging nature of treating attachment-disordered adolescents and teens renders traditional therapy largely ineffective.

Teens are notoriously resistant to traditional talk therapy. More important, the distractions of their day-to-day environment — especially if it’s the same environment in which their challenges emerged — tend to negate any progress they make.

A residential treatment environment — particularly one that incorporates academics, recreation therapy, planned social interactions and a robust collection of critical resources — provides the constant care and nurturing necessary for building resiliency and overcoming attachment disorder.

Trauma & Attachment Disorder Respond to Collaborative Treatment Model

The collaborative care model tasks a team of stakeholders to develop and monitor the student’s treatment plan. The research indicates that, within a residential care environment, a collaborative approach is critical for improvement and recovery.

Collaboration among the treatment team members helps ensure that every aspect of the student’s needs is considered in the development of their master treatment plan (MTP).

Students who have the opportunity to participate in individual, group and experiential therapy — such as equine, arts-based and adventure therapies — enjoy greater success in overcoming the challenges they have battled for most of their lives.

Once the team develops a treatment plan — based on commonly shared goals and objectives — they must revisit the student’s progress frequently and make adaptations accordingly.

Combining Residential Care & a Collaborative Treatment Approach

Using a collaborative approach to treatment within a residential care environment provides adolescents and teens with the best possible opportunity for healing.

Elevate Academy, an integral component of the Heritage Community, provides specialized treatment in a home-away-from-home environment. Our gender-specific academy focuses on academic integrity, multiple therapeutic modalities, recreation, adventure and on-campus resources.

Each student’s master treatment plan is designed to meet their specific needs and challenges. MTP development happens in a collaborative manner involving every member of the student’s treatment team, which includes:

  • The student
  • Parents or guardians
  • Referring professional(s)
  • Academic advisor
  • Lead therapist
  • Residential coordinator
  • Specialized therapist(s)

While working on overcoming challenges, Elevate Academy students engage with peers and members of our caregiver community, developing meaningful relationships in an environment built around therapeutic intention.

To learn more about how the dynamic Elevate Academy residential care program can help your adolescent or teen overcome trauma and attachment disorder, contact the Heritage Community today.