Our Program


Complete Treatment Program for Troubled Girls

We know that while your daughter is going through her own healing process, she needs a home that can meet all of her needs. All girls need safety, compassion, protection, guidance, education, fun, and love. So Sunrise offers balanced programming that addresses a teen girl’s therapeutic, academic, and life skills needs in a home-like setting.

In keeping with our commitment to balance, Sunrise is the only teen girls’ residential treatment program that offers all three phases of treatment (stabilization and assessment, treatment, and transition) from a single location and with a consistent licensed staff. Since many treatment professionals recommend a three-phase process for adolescents struggling with emotional or behavioral issues, many adolescents attend several programs – one for each treatment phase. This approach can be both lengthy and costly. Our secure facility and in-town location has allowed us to create a program uniquely equipped to address all three phases of treatment.

The assessment and stabilization phase ensures that your daughter receives the type of treatment she really needs and that she is stabilized enough to engage in treatment. The treatment phase is where deep personal and family work takes place so that the young person can grow in understanding, confidence, and wholeness. The transition phase ensures that changes made in treatment are practiced in a real world context so that they can survive the return home. Sunrise advocates a three-phase approach to treatment, but we also advocate offering all three phases in one setting.


Individual & Family Therapy

Our therapists, teachers, and residential life staff know that the success of their work with your daughter depends not only on your daughter’s involvement, but on yours as well. Utilizing a Family Systems Approach, our work with your daughter is always done with reference to, and the involvement of, the family. Because the family is such a powerful system, it’s tough for any one member of the family to achieve lasting change unless the family-the system-learns to support and accommodate that change. Many adults experience this dynamic when they return home for the holidays; once back in the family system, even the most well-adjusted adult can struggle to not fall back into earlier, less mature behaviors! Our therapists know how tough it can be for a family to go through a healing process together, so they provide a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental place for the whole family to heal and to support each other’s change. To support this balance, we provide both individual and family therapy on a weekly basis.

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Nurturance, Discipline & Respect

It is easy for parents, teachers, and other caregivers in a teen’s life to err on the side of being either permissive or authoritarian. Both extremes can create real difficulties in the family system, difficulties that are best overcome by a more balanced approach to relating to a teen, an approach that melds nurturance, discipline, and respect. Similar to the Authoritative Parenting Approach, which is based on the research of Dr. Diana Baumrind, our therapists, teachers, and residential staff approach their relationships with our girls with what we call Dynamic Guidance. Dynamic Guidance emphasizes an engaged approach to leading young people, an approach that upholds clear boundaries while encouraging dialogue and, ultimately, fostering independence. This approach balances a young person’s need for high standards, caring, and mutual respect. We also work with parents to help them achieve a similarly balanced approach to parenting, based on the Authoritative Parenting Approach.

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Security & Access

Because of its location, facility, and program structure, Sunrise is able to offer an unsurpassed balance of security and community involvement. While many RTCs are located in remote areas that emphasize security at the expense of community, Sunrise offers both security and community. Our in-town location gives our girls access to internships, jobs, volunteering opportunities, and even shopping and movies as they become ready for those privileges. Our small size, close supervision, and sophisticated but unobtrusive security system, allows us to manage that access in order to provide the highest level of safety. Girls at Sunrise often comment that the balance of security and in-town access allows them to enjoy a sense of both safety and normalcy as they go through the treatment process. This balance allows us to provide opportunities for girls to safely apply what they’ve learned in a real-world environment, without having to go through a program transition and with the ability to return to a more secure situation as needed.

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Therapeutics, Academics & Student Life

Talk to our staff and they’ll tell you that they love the collaborative environment at Sunrise. Our emphasis on holistic growth means that we apply a team approach to everything we do. You’ll notice when you visit Sunrise that our therapists, teachers, and dorm staff talk to each other. A lot. Our teachers know what’s happening in therapy, and our therapists know what’s going on in residential life. Staff from all departments function as a tight community and operate with a high level of trust. Our commitment to a team approach means that every staff member knows every girl, and not just from one angle, but as a whole person. This allows us to support their success holistically as a result. Because of our size, our commitment to balance, and our robust communication, we offer a program that is both integrated and individualized-one that balances our girls’ need for therapy, learning, and experience.

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