Mental health comes first
We know teenagers can only begin to learn and thrive when they are getting the treatment and support they need.
Every student is given the chance to thrive
At Riverside School, the mental health and clinical care of our students come first. We know firsthand that teenagers whose mental health has interfered with their academic and social/emotional well-being can only begin to learn and thrive when they are getting the treatment and support they need. That’s where we begin.
1:1 Clinical Care
From the moment they arrive on campus, every student is assigned a dedicated, masters-level clinician to oversee their care. Through one-to-one weekly therapy sessions, along with daily check-ins as needed, our clinicians provide a warm, safe space to build a trusting relationship in order to achieve each student’s therapeutic milestones.
Group Therapy and Skill Development
Every day, students participate in two therapeutic group sessions for 45 minutes each. Treatment-based, these unique, intimate groups are an opportunity for students to be vulnerable while addressing critical topics, themes and skills.
- 45 unique groups offered each year, rotating quarterly
- Therapeutic Groups: process therapy, family therapy, gender therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Skills Groups: social skills, independent living, social media safety, health and wellness, mindfulness, expressive arts, and more
Students can receive academic or elective credit for many of the group course offerings.
Care Team Engagement Services
We strongly believe that each student advances academically and clinically only within the context and with the support of their full team. As a result, each student is assigned a clinician who works in close collaboration with parents/guardians, the sending district coordinator, outpatient providers, in-home providers, and psychiatrists to ensure the best-integrated care experience for the student. All work in concert to maximize the success of each student.
Parents/guardians play an essential role in their child’s academic and treatment program at the Riverside School. With a clinician-to-student ratio of 3:1, students and families benefit from an unprecedented level of personalized care. Through this role, parents/guardians can take comfort in knowing a clinician is overseeing their child’s care. The coordinator acts as a dedicated point person to contact with questions or concerns, ensuring families, staff, and students stay connected and engaged throughout their student’s time at Riverside.
“The therapeutic groups cover a broad range of topics like personal symptoms to family dynamics, which helped me process different aspects of my life.”
– Jessie J.