About Our Program
Located in Alabama, Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) provides therapeutic and academic services to youth ages 12 - 18 from across the U.S. ERTP's multidisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed therapists, physicians, registered nurses and experienced front line staff provide 24/7 care to teens struggling with behavior, emotional and/or substance abuse concerns and require a residential setting. ERTP provides clinically supported diagnostic, assessment and treatment services on a base campus which allows us to provide year-round accredited education as well. ERTP is accredited in Behavioral Health Care by The Joint Commission and is licensed by the Alabama Department of Youth Services. Typical residents present with a dual diagnosis of alcohol and/or substance abuse, and often include, but are not limited to: ADD/ADHD, ODD, bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, online gaming addiction, adoption/divorce/family issues, academic decline, learning differences, Autism Spectrum Disorder, negative peer relationships, and obesity. We use a Treatment Team approach, Individual Treatment Plans, Physician-Directed Medication Management, Process Groups, Equine Assisted Learning, and Individual, Group and Family Therapy. Therapeutic intervention halts maladaptive behaviors and redirects teens intellectually, emotionally, behaviorally, and spiritually. Family Systems Therapy is utilized to quickly reunite the family.
The Elk River Treatment Program is an alternative to wilderness programs or boot camps. We combine the serenity of the outdoors with amenities of indoors to maintain a medical model, base campus setting. Individual treatment and education plans are developed by a professional Treatment Team that includes a child/adolescent psychiatrist, physicians, licensed counselors, nurse practitioner and registered nurses, dietitian, certified and highly qualified teachers in the classrooms. Residents enjoy experiential education as well with Equine Assisted Learning, ropes course and various group projects throughout the year. The length of the program is determined by the child's needs and response to treatment.
Treatment and Education
Therapy includes cognitive behavior modification using a positive peer culture and group therapy. Therapeutic workshops include abandonment, anger management, goal setting, accountability, communication skills, peer relations, and experiential learning. Specialty groups include AA/NA and optional Bible Study. Students who typically struggle in traditional classrooms tend to find success while attending school at ERTP. The academic program is accredited by AdvancED and, like the therapeutic component, is individualized to meet the needs of each resident. Small classroom sizes are staffed with Highly Qualified, State Certified, PhD and Master's Level Educators.