Children's Residential Treatment Center (CRTC)
East 19th Street, Minneapolis, MN
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays
and adolescents ages 11-17
FEES: Funding for
participant placement is typically received through county social services or
private medical insurance.
Referral Contact: Emily Stolarski
Program Director: Erin Hoffman
Children’s Residential Treatment Center (CRTC) provides
intensive residential treatment, in a secure setting, for severely emotionally
disturbed children and adolescents who suffer primary psychiatric challenges
such as mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders, self-destructive
behaviors, eating disorders, and thought/dissociative disorders. Average length of stay is typically between 9
and 8 months.
The Children’s Residential Treatment Center professional
staff assures close supervision and ample opportunity for the ongoing
development of therapeutic relationships.
Participants receive comprehensive care including:
Individual and Group Therapy
Psychiatric Consultation and Medication Management
Educational and Recreational Programming
We believe that therapeutic work with children and
adolescents best occurs through the development of individualized treatment
programs which are administered in a caring and supportive environment. CRTC uses intensive psychotherapies and
cognitive and emotional skill building to assist each participant in developing
the skills required to relate constructively to his/her environment. Through program participation, children learn
to change dysfunctional patterns of behavior, interaction, and communication in
order to lead successful lives in their homes and community. The participant’s family is an essential part
of successful treatment and must take an active role in the therapy process.
Adolescents admitted to the Center often have long-standing
problems that remain unresolved despite previous attempts at remediation. These adolescents have often displayed a wide
variety of diverse symptomatology including depression, suicide attempts/gestures,
anxiety, self-destructive behaviors, psychosis, eating disturbance, truancy,
running away, school phobia, lying, and extreme negativism. Some adolescents are struggling with serious
emotional problems that have developed into patterns of life-threatening or
high-risk behaviors that require intensive intervention in a contained and
highly structured environment. Some
adolescents are experiencing serious psychiatric disturbances and are in need
of intensive medical intervention in the form of psychotropic medication and/or
ongoing psychiatric monitoring and consultation. Others still, have long-standing relationship
problems or have been unable to negotiate basic developmental stages and need
long-term relationship-based treatment to remediate.
Milieu therapy is a 24 hour daily, therapeutic living
environment facilitated by Residential Counselor staff. Milieu therapy is focused on providing
planned structure, support, routine and a "therapeutic culture" to
allow for improved daily living skills, coping skills, and interpersonal
relationship skills. Trust, safety, and
respect are core components of the program's philosophy.
Family therapy is provided on a weekly basis by Master’s
level clinicians. The family is an
essential part of successful treatment and a critical factor in the long term
success of children after they leave our program. Families are expected to take an active role
in the treatment process. The goal of
family therapy is to assist the family in developing improved communication and
problem solving skills and to learn to more effectively understanding and meet
their child’s unique emotional needs. In
addition, families have the opportunity to participate in parent education and
Individual therapy is provided to all clients on a twice
weekly basis by Master’s level clinicians.
Intensive individual therapy is a significant component of the treatment
program at Children's Residential Treatment Center. The goal of individual therapy is to assist
the child in developing an improved understanding of their emotional and mental
health problems, to process and work through past difficulties and traumas, and
to develop skills in effectively communicating their needs and feelings,
problem solving, and coping with their emotional and mental health needs. The Individual Therapists coordinate and
consult with the Treatment Team so to compliment work being done in other areas
of the program. Clients also have many
opportunities for informal counseling interactions with Residential Counselor
staff, which serve to enhance the overall therapeutic focus of the program.
Group Therapy is provided to all clients on a twice per week
basis. Groups are led or supervised by
Master’s level clinicians and staff.
Individuals are assigned to groups based upon their developmental level
and clinical need. Group Therapy is
ongoing and both dynamically and skill oriented. The content of the group is largely
determined by the issues of its members and often involve relationships,
parenting and caretaking, self-esteem, sexuality, and other normal adolescent
or treatment issues. All clients also
participate in Community Meetings, which are process and skills groups that
occur on the living units two times each day.
These meetings are 45-60 minutes in length and are led by Residential
Counselors. The meetings provide clients
an opportunity to discuss issues related to unit functioning, rules, emotional
regulation, self-soothing, and interpersonal relationships. Topics include
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills, Social Skills, Problem Solving
Skills, Conflict Resolution Skills, Relaxation Skills, Independent Living
Skills, Gender-Specific Issues, Sexual Health, Chemical Health and Self-Esteem.
CONSULTATION AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
All clients see a Board Certified Child and Adolescent
Psychiatrist as part of the initial evaluation process and on an ongoing
basis. Frequency of ongoing psychiatric
contact depends on each client’s specific needs. Clients are seen minimally on a monthly basis
and can be seen as frequently as weekly if indicated. While most clients at Children's Residential
Treatment Center take psychoactive medications, our goal is to have clients
take the lowest doses of psychoactive medications necessary to effectively
treat their mental health conditions.