therapeutic residential programs for teenagers

Preparing Teens To Return Home

The Transitions Program presents an opportunity to dive deeper into the therapeutic process to ensure readiness to return home.

Elk River Transitions

Transitions is a less restricted residential therapeutic program for graduates of the Elk River Treatment Program.

Elk River Transitions provides a safe residential environment for our advanced clients to strengthen the therapeutic and academic gains made while in the Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) or similar program. Sometimes after successfully completing ERTP, a client may require additional time to work with counselors or complete academic courses.

Upon completion of the stages that a client moves through during the program, a graduation ceremony is held to celebrate the accomplishment. In attendance are other clients in the program and family members who, along with Elk River staff, form a large circle at the Ceremony Camp Site. This circle represents a commitment to supporting the graduate in the long-term.

Some clients return home after graduation while others transition into the Transitions Program. The length of stay is determined by the identification and completion of solid goals for the client. The achievement of these goals is facilitated by strong relationships with a professional, competent and caring staff who work with the client and his/her family as well as the family therapist.

We believe parents are an essential part of the treatment team. Parents work closely with the treatment team to understand their child’s progress while at Elk River. Parents and professional referral sources (if parents permit) receive weekly progress reports from the client’s primary therapist.

Clients of Elk River Transitions:

  • Attend group, individual and family therapy sessions
  • Continue their education
  • Earn weekly phone calls home
  • Visit family regularly
  • Earn periodic off-campus field trips with their Transitions' peers. Transitions clients may volunteer for community service projects
  • Learn budgeting with funds provided by parents
  • May correspond with family outside of immediate family and friends (with parent approval)
  • Earn additional privileges (music, books, etc.)