We are a Therapeutic Boarding School for girls from Massachusetts. We serve girls from Massachusetts and across the US by providing group and individual therapy in a structured, Christian private school environment. The Evangelhouse therapeutic boarding school was established in 1995 to serve Christian families with a quality residential treatment option for troubled teen girls. In its quest to do so, Evangelhouse pioneered a treatment model that blends licensed behavioral healthcare with the structure of a traditional Christian boarding school. Since then, it has evolved to become the premier non-denominational Christian option in the marketplace of high-quality teen residential treatment centers.
At Evangelhouse, we get so many girls from Massachusetts that we created this page for Massachusetts families looking for a Christian all-girls boarding school. Girls in large cities like Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Cambridge, Lowell, Brockton, New Bedford, and Quincy face unique mental health challenges.
Therapeutic Christian Academy Milieu
The strength of the Evangelhouse therapeutic boarding school 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 therapeutic boarding school for Massachusetts girls. 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.
Massachusetts Resources and Therapy Facts
- Among youth aged 12–17 in Massachusetts, during 2017–2019, an annual average of 13.2% (or 63,000) used alcohol for the first time in their lives, higher than both the regional average (11.5%) and the national average (9.3%).
- In Massachusetts, an annual average of 8.8% (or 42,000) used marijuana for the first time in their lives, similar to the regional average (8.1%) but higher than the national average (5.2%).
- In Massachusetts, an annual average of 2.4% (or 11,000) used cigarettes for the first time in their lives, similar to both the regional average (2.4%) and the national average (2.3%). Approximately 50% of girls age 14 and older with a mental illness drop out of high school.
You can find resources on mental health resources in Massachusetts here: https://www.mass.gov/guides/finding-mental-health-support-in-massachusetts