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Residential Programs

Girls Center RTF

About the Program

The Girls’ Center is a licensed, trauma-focused, therapeutic Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) which specializes in the treatment of adolescent females aged 13 to 18. Our clients have serious emotional issues to the extent that medical services are deemed necessary.

 Specialized, gender-specific principles are the foundation the Girls’ Center therapeutic environment. The program uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – an approach that stresses the importance of respecting gender differences in the treatment environments. Victimization issues stemming from sexual, emotional and/or physical abuse are addressed as a priority. Staff uses affect therapy, meditation, expressive therapies, and other cognitive behavioral therapies to promote healthy adaptations and coping skills. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is treated in a model adapted from the National Trauma Center.

While in our care, young women receive intensive therapy including individual, family, group, and expressive therapy modalities conducted by licensed social workers, licensed professional counselors, and master’s-level clinicians. Educational services also are provided on site in cooperation with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12.

Admission Criteria:

  • Referred adolescents must have the mental and physical ability to benefit from the assessment, stabilization, and treatment offered.
  • Females between the ages of 13 and 18 who have a history of impulsive, a moderate degree of aggression, and/or impairment of social and interpersonal functioning that prevents placement at a lower-level of care are eligible for referral.
  • The referred adolescent must have a primary AXIS I diagnosis (DSM IV-TR) performed within 30 days prior to admission, and possess average or near average intelligence to benefit from a cognitive behavioral treatment system, and the willingness to participate in the treatment process.

The Girls’ Center also offers treatment for females diagnosed with:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders such as Mild to Moderate Conduct Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Mood Disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder
  • Dysthymic Disorder 
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders such as Specific Phobia, 
  • Social Phobia
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder

Admission and the provision of services are made without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

For more information or referrals, contact 
girlscenter@choyork.org
(717) 755-1033, ext. 1307