The Clark Adolescent Treatment Cottage is a Level 14 group home for ages 13-18, treating up to 30 children at capacity. Most rooms are shared, dormitory style, with same gender youth, in order to encourage social and communication skills, preparing for possible real-life scenarios.
A large focus in this program is placed on Independent Living Skills, as many are working towards emancipation and self-supported adulthood. Many times, there is a significant learning curve of necessary skills that are needed to perform some of life’s basic activities: hold a job, rent an apartment, open a bank account, access public transportation, shop for living essentials, maintain personal hygiene, and prepare nutritious, affordable meals. We understand these teens need space to express independence and build healthy relationships while also given the confidence that any youth seeks during such an insecure and vulnerable time.
Due to our large campus, much of the day is spent outdoors – at the basketball court, on our Ropes & Challenge Course, riding bikes, walking around the campus, in order to connect with nature and begin to have a true understanding of the environment around them. In addition to skills training, an emphasis is placed on promoting hobbies and strengths that will serve as healthy pastimes for youth after they move on from the Center.
The Clark Adolescent Treatment Program is equipped to teach these skills in real-life applications, preparing each teen for a successful transition into their next phase on their journey.
We know that no two teens are alike. One behavioral health disorder may present entirely different in one child compared to another. Understanding each one’s experiences, personalities and diagnoses is extremely critical in mapping out the best individualized plan for treatment
Many youth come with files and folders of assessments administered from various sources, while others have nominal tracking of background and examination. Within the first few weeks of admission, each teen is screened for the need of a comprehensive behavioral health assessment provided by our on-site clinical team. This assessment allows us to best understand the neurological, psychological, developmental, emotional and intellectual position each presents – and we build a thorough and appropriate treatment plan with realistic goals around these results.
Each day’s schedule is planned in advance in order to provide structure, dependability and predictability. As part of the treatment team, our professional child development staff work with the teens during transitions throughout the day and ensure skills that are being learned are nurtured and strengthened in real-life applications. They serve as a coach in several domains and truly are the child’s front-line advocate and mentor.
Many teens in this program also attend the San Diego Center for Children Academy on the same campus. Before school, morning routines are followed and the “commute” to school is a rather easy one. For those attending off-campus schools, transportation is either provided by the school or Center staff. After school, programming continues through bedtime with active and passive activities blended with therapy groups and nutritious meals. On the weekends, a variety of activities and outings may be planned. Youth may have the opportunity to go “on pass” with family members, if appropriate.
For admission with private pay or insurance, please contact us directly at (858) 633-4106. The Center accepts most major insurance plans. The Center also accepts public funding referrals from county social workers, school districts, adoption assistance and others.
For more information, please contact:
Janelle Battaglia, MSW