Residential Mental Health Treatment Program for Adolescents Ages 14 to 17
Adolescent clients who admit to the residential treatment program typically stay at the residential level of care for about 6 to 12 weeks before stepping down to day treatment.
We offer longer lengths of stay, giving our clients the time and space they need to recover, build resilience, and adopt skills need to succeed in school and in life. Total treatment costs depend on the level of care required and the number of days needed to complete treatment.
Before admitting, all adolescent residential clients must receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered by Skyland Trail. Three to five days prior to the tentative admission date, Skyland Trail will administer a drive-through PCR test to the admitting adolescent client and one parent/guardian at the Dorothy C. Fuqua Center in Atlanta. After testing, the adolescent client and accompanying parent/guardian must quarantine at home or in a hotel. The client and accompanying guardian should not interact with anyone but each other until admission. The admission appointment will be confirmed when a negative test result is received for both the admitting adolescent and the accompanying parent/guardian. Test results typically return from the lab within 1 to 5 days. Adolescent clients receive a history & physical exam on the day of admission to screen for symptoms.
Adolescent clients attend groups and individual sessions but must wear a mask outside of their private rooms and practice physical distancing.
The J. Rex Fuqua Campus is a welcoming environment designed to foster engagement in treatment and a sense of community. Residential clients receive private bedrooms and bathrooms. Shared therapeutic and recreational spaces feature natural light, open floor plans, and dedicated spaces for academic learning and social interactions.
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Specialized Psychiatric Care
Our adolescent residential treatment program provides individualized, evidence-based treatment by diagnosis. Together with our integrated wellness model and holistic approach, this powerful combination provides a unique path to a healthy future for each individual client.
Structured Daily Schedules
Adolescents participate in academic instruction and school work each morning. Activities from 1:30 to 5:30 are focused on individual and group therapy sessions. Groups include evidence-based therapeutic groups, peer support groups, family therapy, and experiential therapy.
Adolescent clients meet with their dedicated therapist one-on-one daily. Clients meet individually with their psychiatrist at least once each week.
What does a treatment day look like?
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Reset to Healthy Living
On evenings and weekends, our residential staff help clients work on re-establishing healthy sleep and meal schedules, self care and hygiene, medication adherence if applicable, and healthy social and recreational activities. Our skilled and caring residential staff ensure that our clients are supported, engaged in the Skyland Trail community, and working toward healthy living habits.
Integrated, Holistic Approach
Experiential therapies offered throughout each week include art, music, creative movement, psychodrama, yoga, meditation, and horticultural therapy. Experiential therapies give adolescents a break from talk therapy, encourage social engagement with peers, and help teens explore activities that they can use to express emotions and maintain mental health long-term.
Family programming and involvement is an important part of the adolescent residential mental health treatment program.
Families are required to participate in family therapy sessions at least once each week and family intensive workshops every other Saturday. All family activities are conducted remotely via zoom at this time.
Next Steps After Residential Treatment
Depending on the client's progression in residential treatment, the treatment team will help the teen transition to nonresidential day treatment. The treatment team will develop an individualized treatment plan to help the client and family continue to practice skills and grow.
Frequently Asked Questions
Medication may be recommended after a complete psychiatric assessment as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Some patients will not require medications due to their diagnosis and work in other areas of treatment; however, some patients with certain diagnoses or needs that require psychiatric medication adherence will need to be open to taking their medications in order to stay in our program. If medication is recommended, the psychiatrist will discuss risks/benefits of medications and alternative treatments as part of the informed consent process.
Skyland Trail’s goal is to foster a space of safety and support that encourages exploration and growth for the adolescent and their family, while promoting psychological and emotional resiliency. Several aspects of the Adolescent Treatment Program make Skyland Trail an effective, inclusive and welcoming environment for trans teens; lesbian, gay or bisexual teens; and other LGBTQ+ adolescents and their families. The Adolescent Program staff utilizes LGBTQ+ affirming therapeutic practices to support the teen through all phases of developmentally appropriate exploration and/or questioning of gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Each teen in the residential program has their own private room and bathroom. There are also gender neutral bathrooms on each floor of the residential and clinical buildings. Our focus is to provide the adolescent and family with therapeutic treatment that supports healthy development, builds a secure self-identity and fosters resiliency to enhance their quality of life and strengthen the family bond.
This depends on the school in which the teen is enrolled. Our educational director will initiate contact with the adolescent's home school within two business days of admission and develop an individualized education plan for your teen while they are in our care. In addition to individualized lesson planning, the educational director will work closely with the teen’s home school to ensure a smooth transition back into the home school environment if that is part of the overall academic and treatment plan.
No. Adolescent clients will need to take break from sports, music or other extracurricular activities while in treatment. As part of their treatment, teen clients participate in recreational sports, fitness and outdoor activities on campus during their stay with us. They also engage in a myriad of experiential therapies of their choice including art, music, creative movement, psychodrama, yoga, meditation, horticulture.
We currently are not permitting any visitors to campus due to COVID-19.
The Skyland Trail adolescent residential treatment program is device free. Clients may not have mobile phones, smart phones, tablets, laptops or other devices anywhere on campus.
Smoking and vaping are illegal for individuals under the age of 18 in Georgia. All Skyland Trail campuses are 100% nicotine free. No smoking, vaping, or tobacco use is permitted anywhere on our campuses. Campus visitors who would like to smoke, vape or use tobacco must leave the Skyland Trail campus to do so. Adolescents with a history of nicotine use may consult with their psychiatrists on appropriate nicotine cessation strategies.
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