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Maryland Teen Residential Program

Healing for Mind, Body, & Family

Our focus is to provide a home-like environment in a peaceful setting while treating teens as whole people. The program has been designed to take into consideration the unique physical, mental, and emotional needs of teens.

Our Program Design

Sandstone Care uses a wide range of treatment approaches and evidence-based practices that are meant to equip and empower teens and their families with the tools they need in order to make positive, healthy changes in their lives. Every teen we serve is unique and responds differently to different therapies and activities. Some of the treatments and therapies we use include:

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Art Therapy

More Than Just Therapy

We believe in treating the client as a whole person, not just treating their symptoms. In order to make the biggest impact on a teen’s life, we confront issues that all teens face, but some are unable to cope with. In addition to various therapeutic modalities, teens will also engage in the following:

  • Psychoeducation Seminars
  • Yoga
  • Self-Expression Groups
  • Journaling
  • Life Skills
  • Empowerment Plans

Getting The Whole Family Involved

Sandstone Care understands the importance of involving and providing support for the entire family, not just the symptomatic member of the family. Treatment without family is not effective. When a teen is struggling with anxiety or depression and / or begins using or abusing substances, it doesn’t just affect them, it affects the whole family. This often causes conflict, tension, and dysfunction within the family system. Parents may become co-dependent on another family member or become enablers of their teen’s substance use without even realizing it. When a teen is struggling with mental health or substance abuse, the family dynamic is disrupted, and when they begin to heal, so does the rest of the family.

Our team believes that it is impossible to have an optimal family situation and also be in active addiction or have an unmanaged mental illness, and asks parents to be honest about what their home life is like as well as what their lives have been like leading up to their teen entering treatment. We advocate for one thing above all else: dropping your pride and picking up transparency. Without transparency and openness, it is impossible to allow space for change, and one of the biggest goals of our program is to shift perspective in order to encourage change and understanding for all members of the family.

At Sandstone Care...

  • Teens are met where they are at, and simply asked to be transparent about their current emotions and actions.
  • In cases of resistant teens, family members are empowered with skills that help them to avoid enabling their teen.
  • Family members are counseled on appropriate ways to take care of themselves through challenging times, and on how to hold firm boundaries that promote healthy relationships.

Learning About Life & Resilience

Our program is centered around our four-week group process topics that help teens understand they have the resources they need to heal themselves.

Week 1: Looking Inward

During the “looking inward” week, teens focus on self-discovery and looking at their true identity. The groups during this week will cover topics like labels, core values, beliefs, how they identify themselves, how others define them, and other topics revolving around who they are as people.

Week 2: Looking Outward

The main focus on week two is relationships. Teens will take a closer look at the importance of boundaries, types of communication, identifying support systems, dating, and familial relationships.

Week 3: Looking Upward

During week three, teens focus on cognitive function and emotional wellness. Topics for the week include things like brain development, mindfulness, forgiveness, acceptance, healing from trauma, nutrition, emotional regulation, and self expression.

Week 4: Looking Forward

The main focus of week four is implementing and living life differently. The goal of this week is to support clients as they transition from being in a residential setting to home. Some of the topics they cover during week four include “what to do when I’m not in residential treatment”, making and maintaining good decisions, creating a declaration of self-acceptance, understanding mental health and understanding addiction.

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