Overview

Ironwood is a licensed treatment center and private school commited to helping families in crisis with troubled teens.  Our aim is to assess and treat the underlying causes of challenging behavior, to encourage family unification, and to help establish a strong self-esteem in the residents we serve.

Ironwood offers both a 45-day assessment program and a 9-12 month treatment program. Both programs provide Individual therapy, group therapy, self-esteem building activities and life- enriching experiences, along with rigorous academic studies, within our nurturing, home-like environment. We strive to reunite youth and their families through clinical interventions, discipline, hard work and shared experiences in a safe, secure and therapeutic learning environment. Our approach is designed to work with kids who struggle with a variety of different challenges including: attention issues, opposition, defiance, adoption issues, addictions, grief, bereavement, mood and personality disorders, social and familial withdrawal, hopelessness, learning disabilities, post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression and association with a negative peer group. We are not designed to work with kids struggling with a history of major violence, psychotic disorders or sexual aggression.

Ironwood offers a highly structured treatment program with weekly individual therapy sessions, three times weekly clinician-led group therapy sessions, family therapy, satisfying physical work, adventure-based experiences, and a wide range of special interest programs including equestrian, equine-assisted psychotherapy, canine training, art, culinary, horticulture and nature studies. Ironwood, an accredited Maine approved secondary school, offers a full and individualized academic program taught by certified high school teachers and administrators. Experienced education staff provide daily teaching, supervision and tutoring.

Adolescents leave Ironwood with the necessary skills for effective communication and healthy social interaction, a repertoire of refined coping skills, a more positive association with the learning experience, feelings of pride for their accomplishments and a hunger for more success.

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