Adolescent Stabilization Program

Recover. Reflect. Resolve.

Throughout childhood and adolescence, developing and practicing the necessary skills to deal with conflict and stress that occurs every day is an essential part of living productively. Unique to residential treatment centers as a whole, our adolescent stabilization environment provides extra support to newly admitted individuals that come from psychiatric hospital treatment settings or those already enrolled who may be experiencing increased personal crises.

teen girl in therapy

Stimulus is lowered in this setting, which helps to prevent the need to seek higher levels of care and mitigate the severity of stressful events, such as an interruption of necessary medications or the extremes of a mood episode. Residents can recover and begin to reflect on the event under the supervision of our compassionate 24-hour always-awake professionals. By collaborating together, we can help build a lifelong foundation of defining and applying more effective ways of resolving conflict, as well as reorganizing and regulating extreme mood changes. Crisis recovery in stabilization occurs in the following three phases:

Initial Stabilization

The resident focuses on recovering from the emotional upheaval of the current crisis situation. In this phase, the individual is encouraged to self-soothe through quiet contemplation, relaxation techniques, reading and/or other healthy coping methods that may have been successful in the past.

Problem Identification

During this phase, the resident identifies what went wrong, as well as one’s own role in the crisis with an emphasis on self-accountability. While in this calm setting and temporarily removed from the situation, the resident is encouraged to examine their personal state of mind and feelings leading up to the crisis.  

Defining Solutions

Prior to returning to regular treatment in the adolescent program, individuals work closely with their therapists and doctors to create a personalized plan and set goals for maintaining safety and effective functioning. A commitment to follow this plan usually signals readiness to return to their usual treatment.


Q: Where is the stabilization environment located?

A: On site at the adolescent program property.

Q: Are electronics available during stabilization?

A: Our stabilization program seeks to decrease distractions, so electronics are generally not allowed.

Q: What is support like during the stabilization process?

A: 24-hour staff is awake, present, and available to the resident.

Q: Are therapist and physician meetings more frequent during stabilization?

A: Yes, and progress is communicated to parents.

Q: What is the attendance policy of outside activities during stabilization?

A: School, work or volunteering may be temporarily suspended during stabilization.