The Difference Between Residential Therapy and Therapeutic Boarding

Residential Treatment Vs. Therapeutic Boarding Schools

happy teen girl with horseIf your teenager is struggling with behavior or addiction problems, there are many ways to help them overcome their difficulties and find the right path. Two types of programs often considered are therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment programs. Both are viable options depending on the situation and the type of environment that will best serve your troubled teen. Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences so you can better decide which is best for your teenager.

Program Similarities

Both types of programs tend to provide the same types of services:

  • Education
  • Recreation
  • Therapy
  • Lodging

Program Differences

Therapeutic Boarding Schools:

  • Emphasize school
  • Longer stays
  • Larger number of residents
  • Less restrictive environment
  • Private Pay

Residential Treatment Centers:

  • Emphasis on extensive therapy
  • Shorter stays
  • Smaller number of residents
  • 24/7 supervision to maintain safety
  • Reimbursed by insurance

What’s the Difference?

If you have been doing your research, you will know that there is quite a bit of variety, even within similar categories of troubled teen programs. However, there are a couple of important distinctions between therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment centers. A residential treatment center focuses on healing and treatment. The individual comes first and is of primary importance. Therapy, education, and recreation are a part of the therapeutic healing process. Therapeutic Boarding SchoolsAt therapeutic boarding schools the healing process is a part of the education. This is an important distinction. At a therapeutic boarding school, the underlying causes of the problems your child is experiencing may be unaddressed if the focus is on the education. Therapeutic boarding schools, on the other hand, don’t address challenges as directly as residential treatment centers. They are more focused on creating an academic environment, with some healing benefits. A therapeutic school cannot help your teen in the same way a residential treatment center could. At a residential treatment center the educational components are secondary to the patient’s mental health treatment, healing, and therapeutic process. The work is done from the inside out. A residential treatment center offers a comprehensive therapeutic program that includes facilitating the patient’s academics so that the patient does not get farther behind in school. These programs in residential treatment address behavioral and emotional issues head on, with experienced therapists and residential staff. Residential treatment centers provide both a healing academic environment and serious therapeutic attention. Although therapeutic boarding schools create a comfortable environment for students, they don’t provide the same level of therapeutic care as a residential treatment center. Sometimes therapeutic boarding schools are just not the right place to send your teen. That’s when residential treatment centers can really help.

Choosing TTS over Other Residential Treatment Centers

TTS is a Christian-based residential treatment center for teen girls ages 12-17 located in a breathtaking location at the base of the Bear Tooth Mountain Range in Wyoming. Here, we offer teens the comfortable, nurturing environment and evidenced-based therapies of a residential treatment center. Using a combination of individual, family, and group therapy, TT provides a comprehensive therapeutic program specifically catered to the unique needs of teen girls. With a 14 bed capacity facility, TTS can help provide a family-type atmosphere instead of an institutionalized feeling, which helps to motivate change. With 24/7 supervision of patients TTS provides a safe environment for teen girls to feel secure and open up about their issues. To learn more about how TTS can help your struggling daughter, please call . Unlike other residential treatment centers and therapeutic boarding schools, TTS works with teens and their families to develop skills necessary to build positive, healthy relationships. The goal of TTS is to help disabled individuals to develop the emotional, social, and intellectual skills needed to live, learn, and work in the community with the least amount of professional support. TTS’ therapeutic program specializes in helping teens struggling with:

  • ADHD
  • Addiction
  • Adoption
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Antisocial Personality
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Internet Addiction
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Teen Violence

As a residential treatment center, TTS provides a higher level of care than a troubled teen boarding school or therapeutic school would. With the help of passionate and experienced staff members, T has provided hundreds of teens and their families with the tools to build and maintain a positive, successful future. For more information about how TTS can help your daughter, please call .