Residential Treatment Centers (RTC)

Potomac Programs residential treatment centers provide a safe, healing environment to help children and their families address and overcome mental health and substance use issues that are impacting their everyday life. 

What is a Residential Treatment Center (RTC)?

A residential treatment center is a licensed facility where your child temporarily lives outside the family home 24 / 7 in a controlled facility environment for a set amount of time. Residential treatment center settings range from highly structured—resembling psychiatric hospitals—to group homes, halfway houses or boarding school settings.  In addition, along with providing a therapeutic environment for healing, most residential treatment centers for preteens, teens and young adults have a small yet fully functioning school that operates within the RTC and follows the same guidelines as any other school.

What Do Residential Treatment Centers Offer?

  • A comprehensive evaluation to assess emotional, behavioral, medical, educational, and social needs, and support these needs safely.
  • An Individualized treatment plan to put in place interventions that help your child attain these goals.
  • Individual and group therapy.
  • An onsite team of professionals to coordinate comprehensive care and provide emotional support for your child.
  • Involvement of the child's family or support system via family therapy and contact through on-site visits, home passes, telephone calls and other modes of communication.
  • Nonviolent and predictable ways to help youth with emotional and behavioral issues.
  • The ability for your preteen, teen or young adult to build or rebuild life skills.

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Residential Care?

Residential treatment centers can help those whose health is at risk while living in their community and are most helpful for children who:

  • Were unsuccessful with outpatient treatments.
  • Need intensive treatment after receiving inpatient mental health care.
  • Have education needs that a less restrictive setting cannot meet.

Potomac Programs Short-Term Residential Care

For children experiencing and struggling with the above issues, the earlier they are diagnosed, the more effective treatment can be. Identifying those behaviors and symptoms early on and implementing a course of care and specialized treatment can prevent further and more severe problems from developing as they grow into adults.

Potomac Programs provides a safe, nurturing and healing environment to help children and their families address and overcome the following mental health and substance use issues that may be affecting their everyday life. 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Harm
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Social Isolation
  • Bullying
  • Academic Difficulties
  • Substance Use
  • Family Conflict
  • Other Mental Health Challenges and Difficulties

How Does Potomac Programs Short-Term Residential Treatment Work?

Short-term residential treatment typically lasts between one and three months. Children best suited for short-term treatment often come to Potomac Programs from another treatment program or an unsuccessful living environment seeking a 24-hour level of care. In our nurturing home-like environment, we provide an empathetic and supportive therapeutic structure that helps your child manage their daily life tasks and make healthy lifestyle changes.

In addition, it is important to us that your child and family are set up for success upon returning home from our intensive setting. We want to make sure whole family healing can take place, which is why we provide therapeutic coaching and support for the entire family.  Once your child completes our program, we will work with your local healthcare professionals to ensure a seamless and successful return home. 

A Typical Day in a Potomac Programs Short-Term Residential Treatment Center

Structure is key to recovery, so a weekly schedule in a residential treatment center focuses on following a scheduled routine, with activities provided in hour-based blocks following breakfast, lunch and dinner. Although your child’s daily schedule will vary based on the focus of treatment being provided, a typical day includes individual and group therapy sessions, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), SMART Recovery, experiential therapy, proper nutrition advice, personal time for meditation, reflection, individual assignments, and more.

Short-Term Residential Program Treatments

Our short-term residential programs utilize several different modes of treatment including the following...

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Family Group Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Session to Treat Depression

SMART Recovery Addiction Treatment

What is Therapy in Treatment?

Experiential Therapy

Teen Enjoying Creative Art Experiential Therapy at Potomac Programs

Interested in Our Residential Treatment Centers?

The best way to figure out which type of therapy treatment is best for your family is to talk with one of our mental health professionals. They will consider the symptoms, treatment history and goals you outline for what you and your child want out of therapy to recommend the best next steps specific to your situation.

If you think one of our residential treatment centers may be right for your family, we invite you to contact us to learn more about Potomac Programs today.

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