Transitioning From Elevations RTC


As students and families enter the final stages of their journey at Elevations RTC, they begin the exciting process of transitioning back home. Rather than coming home immediately following graduation, some students are in need of additional support and guidance in order to prepare themselves for a successful transition.

The Approach, Elevations RTC’s transitional living program, helps teens and young adults feel confident and equipped with the tools and skills they need to transition successfully back home. In addition to helping students transition from Elevations RTC, we also help students who have attended other residential treatment centers, wilderness therapy programs, and therapeutic boarding schools.

How Can The Approach Help Your Teen?

Unlike other programs for struggling teens, Elevations Residential Treatment Center offers an inclusive community environment that mirrors what teens experience in the real world.

Instead of separating genders in classroom and therapeutic settings, Elevations RTC seeks to demystify interactions with students of other genders. Students attend class, go to lunch, and share in on and off campus activities with students of other genders every single day. This is the real world, why not experience it in our therapeutic environment?

We want our students to explore and build healthier relationships with members of other genders, as well as school and authority figures. In other programs for struggling teens or therapeutic boarding schools that are single-gendered, students are not able to learn how to comfortably and respectfully interact with members of all genders. We believe it is most useful to practice and build these skills together in a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment rather than risk adjusting to “the real world” when students return home.


Weekly Progress Meetings

Each week, Executive Clinical Director Jennifer Wilde meets with students in a group called “Living Well” where they discuss each individual student’s progress towards meeting self-set goals. This meeting also serves as an opportunity to check in on how well students are living together and addresses potential conflicts within the group setting. Additionally, Jennifer and the students discuss topics such as respect, courtesy, and personal space.

The Home Environment at The Approach

At The Approach, there is a huge amount of importance placed on building a supportive community environment. Throughout the program, we encourage a positive peer culture in which students work together and learn from each other during their transition from a treatment setting.

The Approach’s beautiful, comfortable home setting is specifically designed for students to help build this positive peer culture. The home environment includes:

Individualized rooms for students. Students are encouraged to decorate their room to express their unique personality and make the space their own.
Study spaces. We have several spaces around the home that are perfect reading and study nooks.
Community kitchen environment. Students cook and eat meals alongside their peers, gaining cooking skills and a chance to bond with others in the household.
Spaces to relax and meditate. Throughout the home, there are quiet spaces for students to take time for themselves and relax.

Admissions Process For The Approach

Several weeks before graduation, your child’s therapist will identify whether or not they may need a step in between Elevations and returning home. They will meet with the rest of the treatment team to share their thoughts and discuss whether or not The Approach may be an appropriate fit for your child. Additionally, the therapist will discuss this with you and your educational consultant (if you are working with one).

Students transitioning to The Approach after completing a therapeutic program other than Elevations RTC will submit an application for The Approach. This is the same application that students coming from Elevations RTC complete. Additionally, our team will connect with the student’s therapist and educational consultant, if appropriate.

If The Approach seems to be a good match for your child’s needs, your child will apply to The Approach. On the application, your child will include information about:

— The specific goals that they would like to work towards

— How The Approach will enhance their treatment progress

— Leisure activities that they would like to engage in during their time at the program

— What their academic plans are

— What they see as their barriers to success

As their parent, you will be asked to sign off on the application to ensure that your child’s answers on the application match your family’s goals for them. Jennifer Wilde, Executive Clinical Director of Elevations RTC and The Approach, will review the application.

The application process is usually a back and forth process that helps your child better clarify what their plans and goals are for their time at The Approach. If your child is accepted, we establish a graduation date for Elevations RTC and a two week transitional period between Elevations RTC and The Approach.

If you’re interested in learning more about The Approach, please call Laura Burt at (801) 773-0200 ext. 116 or visit

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