Cedar's Point: Serving Youth with Severe Emotional and Behavioral Challenges
Crotched Mountain's educational and residential treatment model, called Cedar's Point, is designed to meet the specific health, treatment and educational needs of youth with severe emotional and behavioral problems. Our model provides a safe, structured and caring environment where students receive expert medical care, psychological care, therapeutic treatments, education and vocational development. Our focus is on successful reunification with family, permanency of relationships and reintegration into public schools and the community.
Populations and Diagnoses Served
Cedar's Point serves males and females ages 10-22 years with co-occurring complex diagnostic profiles including mental illness, challenging behaviors and learning disabilities. The behavioral expressions of clinical diagnoses such as depression, bi-polar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, anxiety disorder and developmental disabilities are a focal point of treatment. These behaviors may include aggression against self and others, stealing, threatening, running away, avoidance, defiance and property destruction.
Evidence-Based Therapies and Approaches
Clinical services utilize a trauma-focused, cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) approach, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), family therapy and recreational therapy. Informing treatment with these processes allows clinicians to address trauma history, while simultaneously helping individuals to modify behavior, develop more adaptive problem-solving skills, become more present focused and improve quality of interpersonal relationships.
Our values-based developmental therapeutic approach also plays a strong role in treatment. Students identify what's important to them and learn to substitute maladaptive coping strategies for more effective ones when regulating their emotions and solving problems.
Strong positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) offer alternative to the use of intrusive behavioral interventions through functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention plans, Gentle Teaching and the Mandt® System.
This collaborative, relationship-based approach combines with evidence-based therapies, helps uncover and understand the underlying reasons for each child's behavior, allowing us to build scheduled, structured interventions and activities that meet each individual's needs.
Academics and Vocational Training
Youth continue to grow academically and vocationally during their treatment at Cedar’s Point. They may attend Crotched Mountain School or local schools to receive credits toward their high school diploma. They may also learn responsible work behaviors in genuine workplace environments through vocational development and exposure to varied on-campus professions.
Located in the beautiful New Hampshire countryside, youth at Cedar’s Point live on campus in licensed residential settings supervised by trained staff. Residences have a high staff-to-client ratio, awake overnight staffing, a supervisor and alternate staff trained in PBIS and each individual’s physical and emotional health care. A crisis-response team is on call 24/7 for immediate crisis intervention support.
Crotched Mountain’s 1,400 acre campus offers youth a chance to spend time in nature, as well as a wide range of recreational resources including a pool, lakeside beach, hiking trails, gym, bowling alley and media center.
We work closely with youth to help them define and shape their own goals for the future - for home, school, a career and for life in general. We focus on building healthy family relationships, successful reunification with family, permanency of relationships and reintegration into the community. Our goal is for every child to learn how to live a healthy and productive life, both independently and as part of a community.
Cedar's Point Components
- Crisis stabilization
- Family counseling
- Health and nursing
- Psychiatric services
- Vocational education
- NH Licensed Child Care Facility, ages 5-20
- NH DCYF Intensive Residential Treatment Certification
- Certified as an Individual Service Option Provider
- An approved school by the NH Department of Education offering a full range of PK-12 curricula leading to an accredited high school diploma and school credits
- Highly Qualified Teachers
Cedar's Point Staff
- Graduate level clinical interns
- Occupational therapist
- Service coordinator
- Speech therapist
- Recreational therapist
To refer youth to Cedar's Point residential treatment model, contact:
Director of Admissions
603.547.3311 ext. 1894