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Residential Treatment Centers

Residential Treatment Centers

When considering treatment options for your struggling teen, it is important to find the appropriate level of care that will guarantee lasting results, rather than just a quick fix. Residential treatment centers, like Solstice West, take a holistic approach by incorporating a variety of evidence-based strategies to help teens succeed in multiple areas of their lives–including academically, socially, and emotionally. Our therapeutic approach involves looking at the bigger picture of how to successfully navigate relationships, not just how to manage mental health struggles or process addictions. Residential treatment centers offer a longer length of stay than inpatient hospitals, which allows them to offer intensive family therapy and accredited academics in addition to individual and group therapy.

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Why Choose Solstice Over Other Residential Treatment Centers?

As one of the country’s most effective residential treatment centers, Solstice provides teenage girls and assigned female at birth with an approach to healing that has been specifically developed to fit their needs. Whether it’s our uniquely designed therapeutic programming or the clinical specialization and collaboration of our therapists, Solstice is highly qualified to address the complex needs of adolescent girls and assigned female at birth on the road to healing. 

Solstice creates a safe, secure environment for teenage girls. This allows them to follow a path of self-healing and reflection. Our program is family-focused and puts an emphasis on keeping in constant contact with our girls’ families through family therapy sessions, family seminars, multi-family groups, and experiential interventions. At Solstice, self-sustaining, lifelong change is created through remarkable people and programming.

What is a Residential Treatment Center?

Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) are inpatient health care programs that provide therapy for behavioral issues, mental illness, or drug and alcohol abuse problems that go beyond the capabilities of normal therapy methods. Residential Treatment Centers geared toward teens provide treatment for issues and disorders like oppositional defiant disorder, depression, ADHD and bipolar disorder. 

Residential Treatment Centers oftentimes build communities of people who suffer from these conditions and utilize the community setting to heal their clients. Additionally, they provide a safe, comfortable environment for clients to solve these issues with trained professionals.

How Does Solstice RTC Help Teen Girls?

Solstice helps girls and assigned female at birth struggling with emotional and behavioral issues like:

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Defiance
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Self harm
  • Coping with grief
  • Adoption/Attachment issues
  • Nonverbal learning disorder

At Solstice, the close-knit environment created by the milieu on campus encourages life-long friendships and positive growth. Unlike other residential treatment centers, Solstice utilizes a combination of individual, family, group, experiential, and equine therapy to maximize the therapeutic experience of our students.

“If you are a parent, open doors to unknown directions to the child so he can explore. Don’t make him afraid of the unknown, give him support. ” – Osho

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What Makes the RTC Program at Solstice Unique?

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”- Frederick Douglass

Solstice’s culture and approach are specifically developed to fit the needs of teen girls. The equine and addiction programs and clinical specialization and collaboration of well-trained therapists make Solstice, one of the best residential treatment centers, extremely qualified to cater to the specific needs of girls and assigned female at birth on a path towards healing and growth.

This residential treatment center is family-focused and puts an emphasis on keeping in consistent contact with our girls’ families through family therapy sessions, family seminars, multi-family groups and experiential interventions, like equine therapy and adventure activities. At Solstice, self-sustaining, lifelong change is created through remarkable people and programming. Solstice creates a safe, comfortable environment for adolescent girls and assigned female at birth to go down a path of reflection and peaceful healing.

Accreditation at Solstice Residential Treatment Center

It is important families feel safe and secure in choosing Solstice compared to other treatment options. We understand families trust us with their children and we take this responsibility very seriously.  This is why Solstice works with leading organizations that hold Solstice to the highest standards. Our memberships and accreditations ensure that families can trust the level of care that Solstice RTC provides.

Solstice is proud of its A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, an organization that works to create positive relationships between businesses and consumers.  As a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), Solstice meets the requirements and standards necessary for membership, demonstrating our quality of therapeutic care. AdvancED (Cognia) is the accrediting body that sets the strict academic standards to which Solstice adheres. With this accreditation, Solstice RTC’s academic program is consistent with the State of Utah’s local curriculum and students are able to earn transferable credits, so that they can stay on track academically. 


In a 2009 study examining the therapeutic approaches taken by Residential Treatment Centers, results indicated a marked change in the quality of interpersonal relationships. Students increasingly cared for and maintained their relationships, engaged in more intimate relationships with others, approached (rather than retreated from) others’ differences, viewed others more holistically, and accepted personal responsibility.

Additionally, a 2006 study suggested that at arrival at a residential treatment center, female and assigned female at birth youth are often more troubled than male youth. Despite this, at departure, “girls and assigned female at birth were rated as being more successful than boys by clinical staff”. They found that girls, regardless of the severity of their troubles, respond well to RTCs, due to their social nature.