South Boston’s Leading Trauma and Attachment-Focused Residential Treatment Program for Adolescents

Southstone Behavioral Health Hospital is Virginia’s leader in adolescent treatment. We employ a team of professionals committed to providing clinically proven treatment that is customized to meet the unique needs of each teen who seeks our care.

About Our Residential Program

Information about residential programming for adolescents in South Boston, VA

Southstone Behavioral Health offers comprehensive residential programming for adolescents ages 11-17. Our services are designed to help young people who have been experiencing functional impairments related to mental or behavioral health concerns, with a special focus on individuals who have attachment- or trauma-related needs.

Each adolescent who participates in residential programming at our center in South Boston, Virginia, follows a personalized treatment plan that is based upon a thorough assessment of their unique strengths, needs, and goals.

Our focus on personalized care means that no two adolescents will have identical experiences with us. However, in general terms, our adolescent residential program helps young people achieve objectives such as the following:

  • Developing, improving, and maintaining a productive therapeutic relationship
  • Learning relaxation and self-regulation strategies
  • Processing traumatic experiences
  • Recognizing and correcting dysfunctional and distorted perceptions
  • Making positive relationship changes
  • Adopting healthy behaviors and attitudes

Southstone Behavioral Health is a safe and supportive environment where adolescents are encouraged to work in active collaboration with the members of their treatment team and to take ownership of their continued recovery.

On our campus in South Boston, Virginia, young people know that their voices will be heard, their perspectives will be honored, and they will receive the comprehensive guidance that will empower them to become the authors of their own narrative.

Services & Features

Features of residential programming for adolescents in South Boston, VA

Residential programming at our center in South Boston, Virginia, occurs within a safe, supportive, and highly structured environment.

While each adolescent follows a personalized treatment plan at Southstone, all of our guests can expect to benefit from certain fundamental features of our residential programming, such as the following:

Individual therapy: Each adolescent who heals at Southstone will work with an individual therapist on a regular basis. Individual therapy is an optimal environment in which adolescents can process experiences and address topics that they may be hesitant to discuss in a group setting. The general goal of individual therapy at Southstone is to help each adolescent become more self-sufficient by employing more effective, concrete problem-solving skills and exerting greater control over their emotions and behaviors.

Groups: All guests take part in a variety of groups during each treatment day. Depending upon their type and topic, groups help participants communicate more effectively, form more productive relationships, enhance their ability to cope, and improve their daily living skills. Examples of groups that may be featured during an adolescent’s time at Southstone include the following:

  • Social skills
  • Relationship-building
  • Anger management
  • Feelings and behaviors
  • Gender identity
  • Healthy sexuality
  • Hygiene and housekeeping
  • Effective coping and problem-solving
  • Team-building
  • Coed interaction
  • Substance abuse education

Family therapy: We strongly encourage parents and other caregivers to participate in their child’s treatment at Southstone to the greatest degree that is both possible and clinically appropriate. Family therapy sessions are valuable opportunities for loved ones to address how they may have contributed to or been impacted by the adolescent’s struggles. Family therapy sessions can also teach all participants how to better support one another and function as a healthier and more productive unit.

Recreation and structured leisure: Cooking, arts and crafts, team sports, structured play, and cultural events are among the many therapeutic recreational opportunities that adolescents may have the opportunity to experience during their time at Southstone. The recreational and structured leisure component of our adolescent residential programming includes a broad scope of activities that are appropriate for young people at various developmental and skill levels.

Residential living: Southstone Behavioral Health includes two dormitories for adolescents who are participating in residential programming with us. Bannister Hall (for female guests) and Birch Hall (for male guests) both feature residential supervisors who work in conjunction with our therapists and our director of clinical services to ensure that each young person is having a productive and beneficial residential experience.

Community involvement: Southstone guests have many opportunities to participate in community-based activities, including recreational experiences and educational visits to local sites of historic, cultural, or scientific significance. These outings provide our guests with age-appropriate socialization experiences and help them improve their social skills.

Educational Programming

How we meet your child’s educational needs at Southstone in South Boston, VA

At Southstone Behavioral Health, we recognize that you might be concerned about placing your child in residential care at our facility in South Boston, Virginia, because they will no longer be able to attend their local school. We know how important your child’s education is, so we have included a comprehensive educational component as part of our residential programming to ensure that the healing process does not interrupt your child’s education.

As part of our residential program for adolescents, we offer the following components to ensure that your child continues to receive a well-rounded educational experience:

  • Special education
  • Vocational education
  • Educational/vocational diagnostic evaluations and assessments
  • On-site speech-language screening and services (contracted)
  • On-site occupational therapy evaluations and services (contracted)

Just as every adolescent’s therapeutic needs are different, so are their educational needs. We will customize your child’s educational interventions based on the symptoms they have been experiencing and the ways those symptoms have affected their education.

We will incorporate your child’s therapies and interventions into the school day, addressing their educational needs with learning experiences that our expert team designs for their age and developmental level. We offer a variety of educational settings to meet your child’s individual needs and provide a safe, secure environment for them to learn and heal.

At Southstone, we also offer remedial classes, GED preparatory classes, and vocational education to help adolescents explore job opportunities. When you choose to place your child in residential care at our facility in South Boston, Virginia, you will work with a team of professionals who are dedicated to helping them succeed in all areas of their life.

Education is an integral part of residential care at Southstone. To get answers to any questions you may have about our educational and vocational services, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to provide your child with a life-changing therapeutic experience, and we will do all that we can to help you make the best decision for their future.

Behavior Modification

Promoting healthier behaviors among adolescents at Southstone Behavioral Health in South Boston, VA

In addition to following a personalized treatment plan, each adolescent who participates in residential care at Southstone also receives an individualized behavior plan.

The behavior planning process involves a detailed review of considerable information, including pre-admission screenings and documentation, the adolescent’s treatment history, a biopsychosocial evaluation, the contents of the young person’s personalized treatment plan, and a functional behavioral analysis.

Our individual behavior plans are one part of a comprehensive effort to add beneficial structure to the daily lives of our guests, with the goal of helping them develop a greater capacity for self-regulation and self-control. Helping our guests become more successful and independent also allows them to be less conspicuously vulnerable to negative attention from other people.

The behavioral component of residential treatment at Southstone is modeled on the principles and philosophies of basic behavior modification. To promote the development of more positive social behaviors, all members of the Southstone staff provide constant monitoring and intensive instruction.

Whenever possible, we use positive behavior substitution and diversion to replace negative behaviors. Our professionals employ an array of evidence-based clinical practices, as well as techniques such as short and frequent interventions, redirection, praise, encouragement, and positive reinforcement.

When consequences are necessary, they are part of the treatment planning process, consistently applied, and of a nature and duration to have instructional meaning for the individual.

Ultimately, we want to ensure that our guests acquire the behavior-related skills that will allow them to function in a healthy, productive, and satisfying manner within the context of their families, schools, and communities.

Discharge Planning

Long-term support following residential programming at Southstone Behavioral Health

Southstone Behavioral Health is committed to helping adolescents achieve true and lasting healing. To support their efforts to maintain and build upon the progress that they make with us, we provide a detailed discharge plan to each young person who completes our residential program.

As with all aspects of residential care at Southstone, our discharge planning process is personalized according to the specific strengths and needs of each adolescent. Depending upon those factors, each guest’s discharge plan may include referrals to step-down programming, information about community-based resources, connections to peer support groups, and additional elements as needed.

The discharge planning process begins the day that a young person enters residential treatment at Southstone, and continues throughout their time with us. By the time the adolescent is ready to transition out of our care, we will have created a thorough document to promote continued success.

To ensure that our guests are progressing in a stable and productive manner after they’ve completed our residential program, we schedule follow-up meetings during the first six months after discharge.