Therapeutic Treatment Program for Adolescent Males

At Copper Hills Youth Center, we value every young man who enters our doors as a unique individual with something special to contribute to society. We believe that every resident can be successful and our program offers a positive setting that emphasizes emotional regulation, distress tolerance, increasing communication skills, building empathy, and engaging in healthy behaviors. By addressing issues of chronic stress, complex trauma, and or attachment related symptoms; residents develop new skills and progress through the phase system and prepare for discharge.

In our residential treatment program for adolescent males aged 12 through 17, Copper Hills provides 24-hour supervision in a safe setting. The youth in our residential program have psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder or depression, and have generally failed outpatient therapies or other attempts at recovery.

We customize treatment plans based on an evaluation given during admission to diagnose problems. Each resident receives individual, family, group therapy, medication management, recreation therapy and academic instruction provided by teachers whom have been trained to integrate in the classroom the skills that our residents have been learning and practicing.

Birds Program

Not all youth learn or progress in the same way, which is why we provide separate tracks to allow adolescents to learn in a way that is geared toward their needs. We refer to these tracks as Eagles, Ravens, and Falcons. Each unit is designed for boys at a variety of ages, developmental considerations, and symptoms being treated.

Eagles Track:

Designed for adolescent males with behavioral difficulties from sources of trauma, attachment disruptions, and various mood disorders. Adolescent males on the Eagles track are typically 16 and 17 years old. The Eagles track prepares interventions for young men without major cognitive deficits, focuses on skills needed to transition to adulthood, and can provide age appropriate information and interactions.

Ravens Track:

Designed for adolescent males with behavioral difficulties from sources of trauma, attachment disruptions, and various mood disorders. Adolescent males on the Ravens track are typically 14 and 15 years old. These young men receive treatment that is sensitive to their developmental needs. Our goal is to increase skills needed to return back to their community with skills necessary to continue development as a healthy adolescent.

Falcons Track:

Designed for adolescent males with IQ’s ranging from 60-80 or those entering early adolescence with behavioral difficulties from sources of trauma, attachment disruptions, and various mood disorders. Groups, school, and activities are targeted for developmental ability, allowing them to succeed in a program that is designed to meet their specific needs.

Phase System and Advancement

Residents are provided with a structured environment guided by a progressive phase system. As they progress in treatment, residents will move through their personal journeys and phases – Explorer, Apprentice, Leader, and Guide. Advancement is based on safety, cleanliness, social skills, participation, following directions, and therapy progress.

Positive Peer Culture

At Copper Hills, we understand the importance of having the support and encouragement of peers (fellow residents). We believe that the involvement of peers, along with staff, contribute to learning, guidance, and positive change. Peers are often able to see and address problems with thinking and behavior in a way that adults cannot, allowing individuals to change their behavior when needed. Our Resident Advisory Council is a strong part of leadership at Copper Hills Youth Center. This group of youth who have successfully advanced in our phase system meet weekly with our CEO to discuss ideas for improving the quality of life at Copper Hills.

Group Meetings

Our programming provides a series of groups that are divided into multiple categories:

  1. Skill-development groups, including:
    • Mindfulness
    • Distress Tolerance
    • Communication Skills
    • Anger Management
    • Impulse Control
    • Daily-living Skills
    • Values Education and Moral Reasoning Training
    • Problem-solving Training
    • Social-thinking Skills for Adolescents
    • Refusal Skills
    • Cognitive Restructuring
    • Money Management
    • Victim Awareness
    • Stress Management
  2. Helping groups are structured daily meetings conducted by a mentor resident. Community issues and needs are discussed in these groups.
  3. Group therapy is held at least two times per week and conducted by a licensed therapist. The first group focuses on the SPARCS curriculum. The second group may be used as a follow-up or address the needs of the track.
  4.  Recreation Therapy Groups are held at least three times per week conducted by a licensed Recreation Therapist. Group content is based on the leisure and well-being model as well as resiliency theory and provides students with experiential learning.
  5. Chemical dependency groups are conducted on a weekly basis for those residents who have substance abuse problems. Students will be assigned to these groups if indicated by their clinician who will refer to history as well as results from the SASSI-A assessment.
  6. Relationship Awareness groups are conducted by a licensed therapist. This is a 12 week “closed” group in which students are nominated to participate by their individual therapists. The curriculum reviews sexuality, healthy relationships, and building personal values.

These groups are designed to accelerate treatment and help the resident to become a productive and contributing member of his community.