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Alaska Residential Treatment Center for Girls

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Residential Treatment Center for Girls Benefits

Every residential treatment center (RTC) for girls in Alaska is unique from the others in some manner. Despite the variations, there are certain underlying qualities that are universal and generally contribute to why residential may be so successful.

Continuous monitoring and 24/7 assistance are provided in all residential treatment centers for girls, which is a big benefit over other types of care. Even though it occasionally seems intrusive, this continuing care and monitoring aid in tracking patient progress, identifying areas of difficulty, and preventing relapse.

From the patient’s prior life, distance. Distance from one’s family in Alaska and current circumstances may aid in acquiring discernment and perspective, as well as in surrounding oneself with healthy people, by getting away from toxic people, triggering situations, etc.  Below are the main benefits of a residential treatment center for girls:

Intensive therapy: Residential treatment centers generally offer different therapeutic techniques for girls (rather than just the standard “talk therapy” present in many outpatient institutions). Numerous residential treatment facilities have a holistic philosophy and include treatments for treating the mind, body, and spirit. Trauma treatment, horse therapy, art therapy, and different experiential therapies are a few typical techniques.

Frequent sessions: a residential treatment center for girls like Evangelhouse frequently offer patients a wide range of therapy modalities in addition to more frequent appointments. A patient’s rehabilitation can get off to a faster start and a trustworthy therapeutic connection can be built by being able to visit a therapist every day (or at least having one accessible every day). In a residential treatment program, therapists are able to visit their patients in a variety of settings, which fosters the therapeutic connection in addition to the number of sessions (not just within the confines of an office). Therapists and counselors frequently lead therapy groups, go on trips or share meals with patients, or engage in experiencing activities with patients during residential treatment. This enables therapists to see patients in a variety of settings and obtain a deeper understanding of who they are and their struggles.

Structure and Routine: A residential treatment center (RTC) for girls often follows a daily routine that is moderately organized. Patients will have regular mental health and medical visits, as well as time set aside for leisure and/or exercise. They will also engage in home tasks and responsibilities.

Girls from Alaska from Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks, and beyond seeking a residential treatment center succeed at Evangelhouse due to our distance away from their negative influences and peer community. We have a close-knit family-like community.

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    Alaska Teen Girls Face Increasing Challenges

    To learn more about Alaskan adolescents’ rates of mental health and wellness facts see:

    Office of Adolescent Health Mental Health Facts

    Alaskan Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance Survey

    School Health Profiles

    School Climate and Connectedness Survey

    The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Dashboard

    Stats:

    • In Alaska, about 15.7% of teens report symptoms of depression.
    • 6.99% of teens in Alaska have used drugs and 8.33% of teens in Alaska have consumed alcohol.
    • One out of five girls ages twelve to seventeen had experienced major depression within the last year.
    • 8.9 percent of teens experiment with drugs every month.
    • 16.4 percent of teens abuse alcohol
    • 9.5 percent engage in binge drinking
    • 7.7 percent of children between 4 and 17 are diagnosed with ADHD every year.
    • 10.3% of children aged 3-17 years (approximately 4.4 million) have diagnosed anxiety or depression. Diagnoses of depression and anxiety are more common with increased age.

    Families that do not utilize Evangelhouse can find local resources here: https://dhss.alaska.gov/dbh/Pages/TreatmentRecovery/MentalHealth/links.aspx

    Evangelhouse is proud to offer a clinically sophisticated treatment program in a close-knit Christian environment. Learn about our community, values, and campus by clicking the link.

    Choosing the Right RTC for your Daughter

    It might be difficult to choose which Alaska residential treatment center for girls is the greatest fit for your daughter and your family. Here are some pointers for assessing residential treatment programs:

    • To learn about families and children’s experiences with the program, check online and with the organization; if you can, speak to a family whose daughter has successfully finished the program. 
    • Ask why the program was reported to state authorities if it has been, and what the findings of any investigations were.
    • Programs that prevent family interaction should be avoided.
    • Make sure the residential program includes a strategy for upholding responsible conduct, encouraging virtuous behavior, and reducing hostility. Make sure that verbal threats of punishment and intimidation are forbidden.
    • Look for organizations having a history of assisting children with comparable problems.
    • Ensure that their therapies are based on ones that have been effective for people who have your child’s particular problems.

    Ask the program’s staff questions. If staff members are unable to address your concerns, they should direct you to a program participant who can. Ask how you can keep an eye on your child’s growth as well. At any time, you should be able to learn how your child is doing.

    Inquire about possible programs and ask the therapist or psychiatrist who treats your kid in your neighborhood to assist you in learning more.

    Evangelhouse RTC for Alaska girls provides a structured program for your daughter in what was call a “Healthy Peer Culture.” With supervision, students experience the social atmosphere, group therapeutic process, and spiritual tone of campus life. We nurture a healthy peer culture that emphasizes social responsibility, accountability, and leadership. The staff leads weekly interactive small-group meetings to teach students character development within their current social interactions. Here students learn relevant ways to apply biblical teachings to their actions. As students progress, they learn to look beyond themselves to provide encouragement and support for others.

    All-Girls RTC Milieu

    Residential treatment centers (RTCs) in Alaska, commonly referred to as “RTCs,” are establishments that offer therapeutic services to troubled teen girls. They are centers that provide counseling through programs that have been scientifically proven to help troubled kids who are having problems in their life.

    For the specific requirements of each teen, each program is different. RTCs work to help disturbed kids find themselves by using cutting-edge therapies as well as some more conventional techniques. An RTC may help your kid create their life objectives, find fulfillment, and mature enough to grow up to be a healthy, content, and self-assured adult.

    The strength of the Evangelhouse RTC for girls program is based on our ability to establish a supportive community environment for your daughter. Essentially, we have developed communities within communities that have layers of support deriving from residential, clinical, and academic staff. Each staff member is responsible for leading comparable-aged girls on similar topics that are formed based on the unique emotional needs your daughter presents. These communities aim to be more like a family, with more warmth and acceptance.

    The therapeutic boarding school program at Evangelhouse emphasizes and promotes community service. There are many benefits that our students receive by participating in this aspect of the program. One benefit is learning by doing to develop strong working relationships. While students are giving back to their communities, they are learning how to become responsible and respectful. They grow to understand that teamwork is established on the basis of trust in that each individual promises to deliver on their responsibilities to the program. The Evangelhouse community service program fosters a friendly social environment that engages our teenage girls to work with staff and colleagues.  This aspect of the program in turn nurtures their confidence and trust in each other outside of the academic setting. 

    Your daughter will benefit by living in a structured community like Evangelhouse. Part of the experience of this community is becoming a member of positive peer culture. Receiving helpful feedback from her peers will be helpful to your daughter as she learns to work with her peer group to overcome challenges.  When your daughter experiences positive connections with her peers, it will foster her positive self-esteem and image. The therapist’s role during individual sessions includes facilitation and observation while in the milieu. The therapist also provides feedback and direction. To sum it up, the peer-group connection at Evangelhouse is a vital experience because it will foster your daughter’s positive growth.

    During milieu therapy, every member of the peer group has a responsibility for their own welfare as well as for the welfare of the group. Milieu therapy provides a safe setting where your daughter is encouraged to share emotional issues. Prior to the therapy session, the group will establish norms and expectations and then come to an agreement on how to enforce them. Therapists commonly initiate a talking point on the basis of how a decision or behavior affected the larger group. One goal of milieu therapy is for the community member to develop relationship skills. Another goal is to develop adaptive coping methods. The overall process fosters positive growth and connectivity to the community of peers.

    An RTC Just For Girls

    Evangelhouse is an RTC (Residential Treatment Center) just for girls grades 6-12. While we are based on traditional values, we keep up with modern issues girls face including tech-related issues. Today’s teen girl has so many more potential dangers than any proceeding generation. Just consider that eating issues, self-esteem issues, and identity issues usually begin soon before or during puberty.  Eating disorders like binge eating, bulimia, or anorexia can have a negative impact on a teen girl’s family relationships, her physical health, her outlook, and her attitude

    Women are more likely than men to suffer from eating disorders. Add to this problem the invention of Instagram, Tik Tok, and other social media platforms and you have a recipe for disaster in today’s teenage girl.

    At Evanglehouse RTC, we see many teen girls trying to find their place in society and want to be recognized and appreciated for who they are. Many of the young ladies we work with at Evangelhouse are dealing with anxiety and insecurity, and the root cause can be often traced back to a social media app. Often, it’s the student’s peers at their school who are causing the trouble. We address comparing ourselves to others in group therapy, and why the image you see on Instagram might not be an accurate portrayal of that person’s life.

    We understand that many girls may experience emotions of loneliness and even as far as depression as a result of not fitting in, whether that is real or imagined. Add to that, consider all of the negativity today’s teen girl finds online. Violent video games, sexualized content, bullying, hate speech, and more are readily available online. Add to this the constant comparison and competition for “likes” and followers their peers in the high school compete for. It’s no wonder so many girls report feeling depressed.

    Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms can be fantastic methods for kids to engage with the world when used appropriately. On the other side, they can be quite dangerous and harmful to self-esteem and more when misused.  Our staff oversees and influences the culture of positive-peer influence at Evangelhouse. In this way, we seek to guide our students towards a more mature and responsible way of interacting and facing the dangers in today’s world.

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    Evangelhouse is more than just an Alaska therapeutic boarding school for girls; is a community. We’ll work together to design a plan to address and repair negative behavior patterns before they become destructive. Our caring community provides a secure place for your kid to recuperate.

    Our work can begin once youngsters feel safe to express themselves. Achieve confidence and resilience to repair damaged relationships, advocate for needs, set boundaries, and tackle life’s obstacles.

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