• Residential Treatment Program for Teens 14-17

Transition Support

Lasting Change

Research has indicated that there are three primary factors that increase the likelihood of positive long-term success following discharge from residential depression and anxiety treatment [1]. These factors are:

  • Parental involvement in the treatment process.
  • The stability and structure of the discharge environment.
  • The utilization of aftercare support after discharge.

These three factors provide the foundation for much of what is emphasized at Solstice, as “long term positive outcomes” is our primary objective. In order to provide for these needs, Solstice RTC has implemented a transitional support program as part of the residential treatment center experience to provide families needed support through the transition process back to the home environment.

[1] Heather Hair (2005), Outcomes for Children and Adolescents After Residential Treatment: A review of Research from 1993-2003

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Principles of Transition Support

The goal is to provide the most cost-effective, research-based transition support options available to assist families and graduates with the transition into life after residential treatment. The following principles guide the aftercare program implementation:


Families are educated about the important role of good aftercare in greater long-term success following treatment. Parents and residents participate in a variety of learning experiences relative to aftercare/transition throughout the treatment process to increase understanding and preparation for this vital time.


As families invest in the process of trauma, depression and anxiety treatment and prepare for the transition back home, they are encouraged to utilize new skills and processes in developing the support necessary for the long-term success of their child and family. This process often requires new ways of thinking, acting and collaborating, which require creativity and openness to new ideas.


From the onset, parents and siblings are a part of the family therapeutic process at Solstice. Families are directed and supported in the process of building support systems and teamwork both within the Solstice system, as well as within their family and home system. Families will be encouraged to seek the direction, expertise and counsel from their Solstice therapist and referring professional (where appropriate) as they begin to implement aftercare principles and programs. A sense of community can be incredibly important in continuing success after residential treatment.

Preparation for Home Starts on Day One of the Solstice Journey

Preparation for aftercare will begin immediately upon admission. Everything we do from day of admission to day of discharge and beyond is aimed at long-term success following the student’s return to your home.

Upon admission, families will receive the following:

  • A book entitled, Not By Chance: How Parent’s Boost Their Teen’s Success In and After Treatment, by Tim Thayne, Ph.D. This is the beginning of the education about the treatment process and preparation for transition.
  • An outline of the transition program components to help families recognize how important aftercare is in the overall treatment process, as well as the steps to take in this process.
  • Information about dates for the family seminars which we encourage all families to attend. These seminars include further education and face-to-face transition groups that aid in preparation for the transition process.

The Journey Home

In some cases, a return home after completion of residential treatment is not in the best interest of a particular student. In some cases the amount of structure and/or support, or their therapeutic or academic needs cannot be adequately met. It is for these reasons that The Journey Home was created.

The Journey Home is a small residential step-down program for students transitioning from a residential or wilderness treatment setting.  As a sister program to Solstice RTC in Utah, The Journey Home is specifically designed for girls and assigned female at birth ages 16 – 21 years old who have successfully completed a therapeutic program, yet would still benefit from a supportive environment to assist them in ongoing growth.

The Journey Home students live in a home minutes away from our Solstice campus.  During the day students go to school at a local public high school, college or university. They also obtain a part time job in the community, and work regularly while back at the home at night we’ll have a more traditional “home life” guided by Journey Home staff who are helping students gain vital life skills.