Our residential treatment is community based RCCF, providing individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy for all clients to address longer standing issues around trauma, abuse/neglect, reunification, criminal behavior, emotional diagnosis, and education recovery. Therapeutic services are provided by a Master’s level mental health professional. Clients attend school on campus for credit recovery/attainment, or GED program. Family integration is also a key focus of our residential program.
“Start where you can start. Don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today.”
We offer 5 different Lodge programs to fit the needs and progress of our clients. Clients are able to stabilize behaviors, and move towards home-like lodges to acclimate back into community settings.
Each client engages in individual, family, and group therapy while at GCC Residential. Clients have a primary therapist to work towards their goals.
Our mission and commitment is to create a structured and therapeutic environment that empowers youth to build healthy relationships, succeed in education, and be a productive member of society. The youth in our program benefit from comprehensive and strengths-based treatment.
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Traditional Skills Program
The Transitional Skills Program is a Residential Program that houses youth typically 16-20 in a home-type setting. This program focuses on assisting youth with completing their high school education, starting college, finding jobs and learning life skills. Clients are focused on learning initial skills to be successful young men in the community following their treatment.
The Independent Living House is an inviting home space to accommodate clients working towards successful emancipation back into the community. This program focuses on clients from the Department of Youth Services and other referral services, who are working towards successful emancipation back into the community. This program focuses on clients aged 16-21 years old, who have achieved or are within a year of achieving their GED or their High School Diploma and must have a permanency plan of emancipation.
We actively work to integrate these clients back into the community through individual therapy, clinical groups, community based activities and mentoring to help them secure gainful employment and become self-sustaining.
Prospect provides services for adolescent male clients aged, typically, 12-16 years old focusing on reunification and transition to lower levels of care. Clients typically attend school on campus at the J. Wilkins Opportunity School to meet their educational needs. Griffith Centers utilizes onsite therapists to provide therapy. Clients work to further stabilize their emotional regulation and behaviors to be safe in community settings, and return to family or other lower levels of care.
Our program and our staff are dedicated to providing a positive and structured environment, where youth find the support needed to learn initial skills to be emotionally and physically safe. The program is designed to provide an environment which supports, educates and guides adolescents in their quest for skills and developing confidence in their ability to transition back into the community setting, tailoring our Therapeutic Living Program to meet your immediate and long-term needs while you are in our care.
Avalanche: 15yr – 18yr
Rockies: 12yr – 15yr
What our clients can expect
All clients residing in our Residential Treatment Program receive therapeutic support while in treatment. Treatment includes: Individual Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Case Management, and referral assistance to ensure services post treatment. Griffith Centers offers community based treatment services, as well as telehealth, which is utilized as clients begin to transition back into the community to provide 6 months of wrap around services. Please see our Community Programs page to see all services that can be provided in conjunction with residential services, as well as following successful discharge planning.
Assesments & Services
All clients are assessed during the initial 7 days, with the conclusion of the 7 day initial assessment (to include the Multi-Disciplinary Team), to determine appropriate goals and services. Most clients are receiving at minimum:
- 2 hours/week Individual Therapy for presenting issue and primary diagnosis. Increased frequency for those with high risk behavior or determined as needed by MDT
- 1-3 hours/week of Group Therapy. Topics addressed include: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy, Healthy Relationships, Anger Management, Mindfulness, Social Skills, Relapse Prevention and Recovery.
- 2-4 hours/month of Family Therapy- frequency determined by MDT.
- Crisis Management as needed
- Case Management as needed
Therapists modalities in treatment include but are not limited to: CBT, DBT, Trauma-Focused CBT, Substance Abuse treatment, behavior modification, Family systems therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered, Experiential
Clients go through an initial assessment period with the clinical staff and members of the MDT to determine appropriate goals and focus at the 7-day assessment. The Initial Treatment Plan is created from this point and includes goals, objectives, and summaries for the Therapeutic, Residential/Daily Living, and Educational areas of treatment. All departments are working together to assist the youth in reaching their goals. Additionally, medical information is kept up to date and visits with the Psychiatrist are updated. We seek to provide an inclusive treatment model for clients, to see the best success in integration into the community.
Our Approach & Philosophy
Griffith Centers for Children has provided treatment and educational services to adolescents and families since 1927, within a range and continuum of services. Our residential treatment program serves adolescent males ages 12-21. While in placement, they receive therapeutic, behavioral, educational, medical and case management services from our team.
Our program offers a range of treatment lodges to suit the client’s current needs and progress. Clients can be admitted into any lodge if deemed appropriate. Rockies and Avalanche are our more supportive lodges, providing more structure and supervision levels than our home-like lodges. Clients can then progress towards our home-like lodges, including Prospect, Transitional Skills Program, and Independent Living. These lodges provide a home-like environment, and see more integration with the community. This allows clients to see progress, and work towards a successful reunification with the community. Clients are receiving all components of our treatment throughout their progress.
We serve male youth ages 12-21. Some of the struggles we support include:
-Trauma, Conduct Disorders, Mood Disorders, Attachment Disorders, Autism, Mental Health Disorders, Department of Human Services, Commitment/Department of Youth Services.
GCC has many resources available to help our clients navigate through trauma and stress.
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17 Farragut Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
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