Residential Treatment Center Program for Teens

Residential Treatment for Teenagers

Boys and Girls, Ages 12 - 18

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Residential Treatment Program

Elk River Treatment

Elk River Treatment program was developed in 2006 as a residential treatment program that treats adolescents that are struggling with behavioral, mental health and/or substance abuse issues. ERTP specializes in treating boys and girls ages 12 - 18 with a dual diagnosis or co-occurring disorder. Since it is a medical model with physicians, registered nurses and a certified nurse practitioner, ERTP can treat patients that similar programs often turn away due to medical issues.

Typically, admission to Elk River is prompted by a teen's maladaptive behaviors and/or substance abuse that has placed them and their family in harm's way. Often these behaviors are symptoms of mental illness, learning differences or other other underlying issues that have been undiagnosed in less restricted settings. 

ERTP provides around-the-clock supervision of an adult staff that has been carefully recruited for their experience working with troubled teens. They are carefully screened and receive continuous training. 

ERTP utilizes a Treatment Team approach and is led by a child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist. Included in ERTP's Treatment Team are licensed mental health professionals including specialists in treating trauma, grief and attachment disorders, and an addictions specialist. Initial assessment tools administered and interpreted at ERTP that determine a patient's course of treatment include, but are not limited to, the following empirically based assessments:

  • Multi-Axial Diagnostic Inventory (Revised Edition)
  • Adolescent Clinical Scale
  • The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA)
  • Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventories

As needed, supplementary diagnostic tools are administered:

  • Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory for Adolescents (MMPI-A)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Scale
  • Conner's Scale
  • The Beck Depression Inventory (Second Edition)
  • Juvenile Probation Officers Risk Assessment
  • PHQ-9 Depression Screening
  • SBQ-R Suicide Screening
  • GAD-7 Anxiety Screening
  • PCL-Life Events Checklist PTSD/Trauma Screening
  • Data collected is then evaluated and compiled and an individualized treatment plan is developed. An initial Diagnostic Impression is then formulated within the guidelines of the DSM-V.

ERTP incorporates evidenced-based and empirically supported Treatment Modalities which are critical to the mental health of our patients. Based on the needs of our patients, treatment might include:

  • Transtheoretical Model
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  • Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Therapy
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy

Elk River provides comprehensive residential treatment for teenagers in the following areas:


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