At Copper Hills Youth Center, we are aware and appreciative of the sacrifices our military families make to protect and defend our country.
Being separated from a parent who has been deployed can create emotional and behavioral problems for adolescents and teens — sometimes best treated in a residential setting. Our staff has been specially trained in the area of trauma and is uniquely suited to treat and support the issues faced by youth from military families.
What do we treat?
Severe mood swings
Oppositional or defiant responses to peers and/or parents
Explosiveness or uncontrolled anger
Substance abuse or dependency (as a secondary)
Suicidal ideations, threats or attempts
Destruction of property
Lying, covert behavior and stealing
What do our programs include?
Weekly individual, family and group therapy
Individualized treatment plans
Monthly team treatment meetings to review progress
Dual-diagnosis substance abuse treatment
Fully Accredited Private School (accredited through Cognia)
24 Hour Nursing
Community Outings (including service outings)
Our Therapeutic Approach
SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress)
SPARCS is a manualized, skill-based program created for adolescents who have experienced trauma and complex stress and can be delivered in 16-week and 32-week “blocks.”
SPARCS uses Dialectical Behavioral Treatment (DBT), Trauma Adaptive Recovery Group Education and Therapy (TARGET) and School-based Trauma/Grief Group Psychotherapy. Therapists work with adolescents to practice the “Four C’s”:
Cope more effectively
Connect with others
Create meaning and purpose
Copper Hills Youth Center uses SPARCS as its primary treatment platform across all offered programs. Residents move through the curriculum with their assigned group therapist. Additionally, SPARCS is used in staff-led and resident-led groups. It is a core component of daily life at Copper Hills Youth Center and a foundation of recovery.
Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help adolescents overcome trauma-related difficulties, including child maltreatment. TF-CBT consists of three phases of treatment: safety and stabilization, formal gradual exposure and consolidation/integration.
TF-CBT includes these components:
Psychoeducation, which teaches the victim about the normal reactions to traumatic experiences. This can help them reduce feelings of guilt or culpability for what happened.
Coping skills, including relaxation exercises like deep breathing, mindfulness, acceptance, identifying and redirecting thoughts and other methods.
Gradual exposure, which involves gradually introducing the patient to memories of their traumatic experience, with the goal of reconditioning their response to triggers and easing emotional distress.
Cognitive processing, which can include developing skills to re-contextualize unhelpful feelings and thoughts and regulate emotions.
Caregiver involvement, which may include rebuilding trusting adult relationships for the child and training the caregiver in how to best be a resource for the child.
The treatment is particularly sensitive to the unique problems of youth with post-traumatic stress and mood disorders resulting from sexual/physical/verbal abuse, violence and grief.
Cognitive behavioral techniques are used to help modify distorted or unhelpful thinking and negative reactions and behaviors. Learning to challenge invasive thoughts of guilt and fear can help the student to reorganize their thinking in a healthier and happier way.
The family therapy aspect of trauma-focused CBT attends to the problems family members may have in dealing with the trauma suffered by the youth, including the use of various stress management, communication and parenting skills.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR therapy is a mental health treatment procedure. EMDR’s goal is to help you heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences.
EMDR focuses on changing the emotions, thoughts or behaviors that result from a distressing experience (trauma). This allows your brain to resume a natural healing process. EMDR is effective for treating youth with symptoms accompanying posttraumatic stress (PTSD), attachment issues and self-regulation.
Copper Hills Youth Center continues to expand our trauma-informed model by focusing treatment on the core issues of attachment using DDP.
We recognize the complexity of treating symptoms caused by insecure attachments, and often a simple behavioral approach does not produce lasting changes. This model addresses the loss of empathy and engagement, which often happens with high-needs youth — called “blocked care.”
The model is a powerful intervention for youth, staff and families to repair relationship failures and restore compassion and empathy by introducing relational strategies to guide staff and parents in interactions with our youth.
"I'm 100% satisfied with this care facility. Jessica is such a beautiful person. She's sorta like the gatekeeper of the facility. Her energy is so loving and welcoming. It's the perfect example of how to treat others, especially when a family is working to heal. I couldn't ask for a better facility. My daughter has been at this facility now twice. They are supportive and their team, especially operations, really puts their heart and soul into supporting your family. I really recommend this facility, whereas they haven't let me down, or my daughter, when we have been our most vulnerable. I trust this care facility 100%. They really serve as a bridge for families toward healing. Thank you.”
“Copper Hills Youth Center has helped me in so many ways. I used to be a very troubled teen who couldn't cope with trauma or my emotions or stressful situations. I went to this facility twice. The first time I was there, I struggled a lot. But with the help from staff and friends I made that I still talk to today, got me through these tough times. Second time being there, I met a couple new staff along with the ones I already knew. They all supported me and didn't judge me or get mad when I came back — all they did was lend a hand in my most difficult times. I'm now at the point in my life where I don't need medication anymore and I am now a responsible adult that can use the life skills this facility taught me to use. I am incredibly grateful for Copper Hills Youth Center and always will be.”
“My son has been at Copper Hills since February. He seems to have gained more self-esteem, less anxiety, and depression. His therapist Lew is really nice and friendly and seems to be making a positive impression on my son. I was there a few weeks ago for a visit. The staff was really nice and friendly especially Jessica who works the front desk. She was very nice and helpful. It seemed to really enjoys her job and is a positive asset to the facility.”
If your loved one needs help, contact Arva Loveland, Director of Admissions at 1-800-776-7117 to get started, today.