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. Individual treatment and education plans are developed by a multidisciplinary treatment team led by a child and adolescent forensic psychiatrist, medical physicians, licensed counselors, nurse practitioner and registered nurses, dietitian, state certified and highly qualified teachers. In addition to daily therapy, patients attend school year-round through an accredited academic program. The length of the program is determined by the child's needs and response to treatment. ERTP also provides a Healthy Lifestyles Program for weight management and a Transitions Program with a flexible length of stay.
Treatment and Education
ERTP incorporates evidence-based and empirically supported treatment modalities which are critical to the mental health of our patients. Based on the needs of the individual and family, treatment modalities might include: Transtheoretical Model, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Group Therapy, and Individual 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. Individuals that 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 patient. Small classroom sizes are staffed with Highly Qualified, State Certified, PhD and Master's Level Educators.