Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention Suicide is an uncomfortable and scary topic but one that cannot afford to be avoided or ignored.  One of the most significant things you can do when you believe someone is contemplating suicide is have the conversation, ask the questions. Below is a high level overview of suicide risk factors, environmental factors, and […]

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Crisis De Escalation

Posted by gretchenb | Emotional Regulation | crisis deescalate 0 Comments

Helping run a treatment program for adolescent girls, I’ve had many opportunities to intervene, and de-escalate crisis situations therapeutically. Crises often come at unexpected times and can be overwhelming for all involved – even parents and seasoned professionals. When we, as caregivers, are thrown off and overwhelmed, it’s easy to react in ways that escalate […]

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Dealing with Teen Depression in a Residential Treatment Setting

Posted by gretchenb | Depression Treatment | depression teen depression 0 Comments

Upon entering a residential treatment center, about 80% of adolescent girls have some form of anxiety or depression. Many of the behaviors we see in residential treatment mirror the behaviors at home upon admission: school avoidance, isolation, struggles with peer relationships, activity refusal, self-harm, suicidal ideation and disconnect from family. I have encountered all of […]

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“Coping with Depression at School”

Depression can steal everything that you love. Depression doesn’t ask permission or quietly exit when it takes what it wants. It lingers and invades everything that you think about, do, and create. It becomes a wall that most people think is too high to even attempt to climb. As an educator at New Haven, I […]

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Back to Basics: Supporting Teens and Loved Ones with Depression

As a supporter of a family member suffering from depression, I know how difficult it can be. The worry, exhaustion, frustrations, concerns, and pain can become overwhelming.  Supporting loved ones with depression can be confusing. Why are they so sad? Why don’t they enjoy things they used to? Why don’t they have energy or motivation? […]

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Anxiety: My Experience Working with Teenage Girls

“I can’t go to school today.” “I’m not getting out of bed.” “I’d rather just read a book and be left alone” “I don’t want to talk about it.” “I can’t handle this.” “I’m so scared.” “I don’t know how to talk to people.” “I feel so alone.” Working in residential treatment since 2008, I […]

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Equine Therapy: Soccer with Horses?

Equine assisted therapy is a unique method used to help people better understand themselves and the world in which they live. Each week here at New Haven, I have the pleasure to conduct an equine therapy group, with the help of our ranch manager. In these groups, life patterns are often played out right in […]

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Maintaining Hope at New Haven

Some might say that being a maintenance man at an all girls residential treatment center may not play a role in the students’ treatment or care, but I would disagree.  I have worked at New Haven Residential Treatment Center for the past seven years. For me, maintaining the property holds the same responsibility as the […]

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Working with Teens with Borderline Personality Disorder

Over the last few years, I have had the privilege of working with several girls with borderline personality disorder. I remember so many conversations that I had with these students. It felt like we went in circles, going over the same thing and I ended the conversation feeling completely helpless. How could I help them? […]

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Creating Our New Haven Family

Posted by Ari Terry | Life at New Haven | 0 Comments

At New Haven, hiring relationship-minded staff, therapists, teachers and other employees is very important. Our students often struggle with depression, anxiety disorder, personality disorders, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, etc. Because our program is relationship-based, we need employees that are loving, fun and understanding; however, they are able to hold boundaries and issue consequences when […]

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