Residential Treatment Program


Our residential treatment is community-based RCCF, providing individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy for all clients to address long-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.

Will Sanders

Interim Residential Clinical Director

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.”

—Malcolm S. Forbes

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Lodge Programs

We offer 2 lodges serving QRTP 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.

Clinical Services

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

Our mission and commitment are to create a structured and therapeutic environment that empowers youth to build healthy relationships, succeed in education, and be productive members of society.  The youth in our program benefit from comprehensive and strengths-based treatment.

We Can Help

Lodge Programs

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 that 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

Clinical Services

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 a minimum:

  • 2 hours/week Individual Therapy for presenting issue and primary diagnosis.  The 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.

Get In Touch

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Please be prepared to discuss your child’s mental health history, medical needs, educational needs, and funding source.

Administrative Assistant:

Amy Burris
719-636-1116 (fax)


Residential Clinical Director:

Will Sanders
719-636-1116 (fax)



17 Farragut Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80909


Mon – Fri: 8am – 5pm