The Healing Role of Community in Elevations’ Residential Treatment For Teens

When you think of community, what comes to mind? Support. Safety. Friendship. Love.

A sense of community can play a significant and vital role in a person’s path to success when struggling with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.

Without a strong support system, it is hard for an individual to overcome their challenges–this is why community is such an essential part of Elevations’ residential treatment for teens. We understand that community isn’t just a nice thing to have in your life, it is also a powerful tool that can be used to inspire growth and advancement in struggling adolescents.

Why community is important

A therapeutic community has the potential to be influential in the lives of struggling adolescents. Research has confirmed its important role in residential treatment for teens. In a book published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the therapeutic community’s role is explained:

“For the adolescent, the community may be even more crucial than for adults because the TC [therapeutic community] functions as the family. This is a significant function because many youths in TCs come from dysfunctional families. Being a member of the TC community gives them an opportunity to experience and learn how to have and maintain positive relationships with authorities, parents, siblings, and peers.”

Also, because struggling adolescents often have experienced a life with little structure, a strong sense of community is extremely valuable in residential treatment for teens. It gives these teens the opportunity to have structure in their lives, which gives them the ability to effectively work through their personal struggles and reach success. An individual cannot heal or grow without feeling safe–it’s hard to feel safe within an unstable environment, which brings me back to the importance of structure and community. It’s obvious that this element of a person’s life can significantly impact their future.

Community at Elevations

We believe in the power of community at Elevations. We’ve developed residential treatment for teens that relies on the healing and supportive abilities of a small, strong-knit community. After a full day full of academics and therapy, a student returns to their dorm, aka their smaller community. The adults in the community are made up of staff from all parts of our program–clinical, academic, residential, administrative–and all of them have the purpose in mind to create an environment that is not just safe, but nurturing as well.

The peers in a student’s community are chosen depending on age, gender, and how likely they are to relate to each other–there’s about 10 to 16 in every group. This ensures that a student will have a solid community to fall back on in times of struggle during their stay. While this small community is essential, all of Elevations acts as a large, caring community, as well.

Why all gender?

Elevations chose to offer all gender residential treatment for teens because the real world is all gender. Our students get the feel of being in a regular high school, but within a therapeutic setting that will meet their specific and various needs. At Elevations, our students get the opportunity to learn to form and maintain meaningful, healthy bonds with those of the opposite gender. This also makes it easier to transition from Elevations back to home because they’ve experienced what a real-world, healthy community will be like.

Elevations offers help for struggling teens

Elevations RTC offers residential treatment for teens, ages 13 to 18, grappling with anxiety, depression, substance use, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral issues. At Elevations, we use a combination of a focused therapeutic lens, real-world environment, secure setting, and caring staff to foster growth and success in our students. We strive to help our struggling students move towards a brighter future.

For more information about residential treatment for teens at Elevations RTC, please call .

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