Residential treatment centers are facilities that provide treatment 24 hours a day for teens with serious emotional disturbances. Forms of rehabilitation include individual, family, and group therapy. Other types include behavior therapy, special education, recreation therapy, and medical services.
Residential services may be given in a state or private facility. Treatment is conducted regularly and usually takes much longer than hospitalization. An effective residential program utilizes a boundary model in which the staff models appropriate behavior while being directly involved in assisting the students. The boundary model addresses the difficulty and frustrations students face in living in a world filled with rules. It helps assist students develop personal boundaries and recognize and respect the boundaries set by the people around them.
Logical processes are used as a type of intervention between staff and students to gain insight on their attitude, thinking process, and behavior. Moreover, residential services allow students to engage in recreational treatment. Activities include adventure learning, diversionary activities, and organized sports.
Adventure learning activities include hiking, camping, white water rafting, and similar high-task adventures. These activities reduce defense mechanisms, evoke anxiety and emotions, and foster skill development. Alternatively, diversionary or incentive activities are a means to give rewards for progress. These open opportunities for students to engage in appropriate and thrilling leisurely activities. Organized sports or routing fitness activities are also offered to students, depending on the season.
Residential treatment centers that make use of the boundary model incorporate eight distinct levels which typify society. This helps students achieve greater self-confidence and independence. Consequently, students who are rehabilitated by this model are expected to find themselves desiring to be a part…