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Primary Residential Mental Health Treatment for Teen Girls

Trauma Informed Mental Health Care Trusted Since 2013

Better known as our Penngrove Program, the trauma-informed Teen Residential Mental Health Treatment Program at Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Service serves adolescent girls, ages 12-17. In delivering Trauma Informed Care, the treatment team works diligently to understand the teen’s life experiences so that they can provide treatment that is effective and appropriate to the teen’s unique situation. Ideally, Trauma Informed Care (TIC) reduces the negative effects of past trauma, should any exist, while avoiding practices that could inadvertently re-traumatize the teen. At Muir Wood, this approach is guided by the following principles:

  • Acknowledgement that trauma, when and if diagnosed, can adversely affects teens
  • A comprehensive understanding of the signs of trauma in teens is essential
  • Providing a treatment environment that can effectively address trauma is critical
  • Treatment practices that can re-traumatize the teen are avoided

Primary Mental Health vs. Dual-Diagnosis Treatment

Our Primary Mental Health Teen Treatment Program, situated on 3 beautiful campuses in Penngrove, California, stands separate and apart from our girls Dual-Diagnosis Treatment Programs, located throughout California, that address the co-occurrence of mental health and substance use disorders. The Penngrove program is focused solely on mental health issues.

Certified, Licensed, and Accredited

The Primary Mental Health Teen Treatment Program at Muir Wood is accredited by The Joint Commission, considered by many professionals to be the “gold standard” in healthcare program accreditation. We are also certified by the California Department of Health Care Services, licensed by the California Department of Social Services, and verified by Psychology Today as a trusted teen treatment provider. The program is staffed by a highly credentialed team of therapists, supported by full-time psychiatrists and nurses.

Understanding the Plight of Teen Girls

Muir Wood understands the unique challenges faced by teen girls in today’s “always on, always connected” world and the trauma that can be the byproduct of social media, bullying, relationships, peer pressure, physical and emotional abuse, and more. Our mental health treatment program for girls is dedicated to the treatment of adolescent mental health disorders and specializes in the treatment of generalized and social anxiety, panic attacks, depression, self-injury, mood and personality disorders, and trauma/PTSD.

A Comprehensive Therapeutic Approach

The varied treatment modalities that Muir Wood uses to treat mental illness in teens are all evidence-based. All of our young clients are treated with proven approaches including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Seeking Safety Therapy, a approach that helps teens with trauma and PTSD heal
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), in which teens acquire skills so that they can stop avoiding, denying, and struggling with their emotions

Other modalities such as art therapy, music therapy, breath work, health and physical education, equine therapy (where available), and trauma-informed movement groups are offered. Additionally, our approach is grounded in the intersection of all identities, histories, and lived experiences of teens and their unique family systems.

Meeting Clients Where They Are

We understand that no two individuals or families are the same and need individualized support to thrive. We provide person-centered care that focuses on meeting our young clients where they are. Treatment planning reflects the collaborative efforts of the client and their treatment team. The treatment plans take into consideration the individual teen’s strengths, needs, abilities, preferences, and goals for treatment.

On-Campus Learning Programs Support Continuity with Home Schools

The Teen Mental Health Treatment Program features our on-campus Muir Wood Learning Center which is recognized by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as a supplemental learning program. Teens attend the program 15-hours-per-week and are supported by credentialed single- and multiple-subject teachers. The program enables teens to maintain continuity with their home schools ensuring a smooth transition back to the classroom following treatment.

A Home Away From Home

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Muir Wood provides the opportunity for growth and development in a peaceful, serene environment. We believe that our idyllic campuses and communities add to the healing experience and work in concert with the professional services offered. As such, our second-to-none home-like settings are supervised round-the-clock, and provide ample amenities and expansive outdoor space to aid in the healing process.

Muir Wood is committed to meeting the need for high-quality, in-network mental health care for adolescents and their families. For information on our Primary Mental Health Treatment Program for teen girls, call our admissions counselors now at 866-705-0828.

See our Girls Primary Mental Treatment Campus in Penngrove, CA