The Heritage Community is a clinically designed RTC that prepares boys and girls for a productive life. Students receive individualized care from the most tenured staff in the field. At Heritage students have life-changing experiences in a therapeutic environment that prepares students to return to their families.
Heritage has two powerful Academies, Peers and Elevate that target specific diagnosis in students.
Elevate Academy is for adolescents struggling to overcome challenges associated with depression, anxiety, bipolar, and Mood Disorders. Our cognitive behavior therapeutic approach (CBT) focuses on helping teenagers become self-aware of thought processes that lead to negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Students are taught how to “elevate” their moods by living a healthy lifestyle, learning new coping skills, and serving others. Students in the Elevate academy learn to be more self-aware, develop healthy living habits, and are exposed to a variety of leisure and outdoor recreational activities in order to discover new hobbies and interests that translate into positive coping skills.
The Peers Academy is a powerful, evidenced-based, results-oriented program has been serving students for over a decade. Peers Academy is for adolescents with social skill, executive functioning, emotional regulation, and/or sensory processing deficits. Many students in the Peers Academy have been diagnosed as high-functioning autistic.
The PEERS model was originally developed at UCLA to teach social skills to young people on the Autism Spectrum. Heritage adopted this model and is the only residential program certified in the PEERS model. Our clinical team has adapted and molded PEERS to maximize its benefits in a residential treatment setting. In addition to teaching students how to make and keep friends, the Heritage Peers Academy teaches students to learn to organize their daily lives, and regulate and express their emotions, feel comfortable in social settings and ultimately become healthy, contributing members of their communities.
Unique to Heritage and essential for an adolescents healing and development is the integration of boys and girls programs on the same campus. Although separated by homes and at school boys and girls interact in carefully planned therapeutic groups and social settings such as the school play, school dances and athletics.
The combination of boys and girls programs, Elevate and Peers Academies, individualized care that students receive on their homes of 10-12 students, quality of therapy and academics and the facilitaties on our 19-acre campus make the Heritage Community an ideal setting for healing and growth.
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Heritage had a very positive impact on my daughter and our family’s life. My daughter built some beautiful lifelong friendships, is a current 12th grade student, is currently earning five A’s and one B. She will start to working within the next two weeks, and has already registered for college.
Thank you so much for all your hard work and efforts in working with our daughter and our family. Without your efforts we would not be bringing M. home this Saturday, July 23, with a successful completion of the program and with more growth and progress being made in 8 months at Heritage than we have seen in the previous 5 years of residential treatment at other facilities combined. After being involved in some form of therapy program or another for the past 14 years, we finally have strong and lasting hope that M. will be able to be successful in long-term self-regulation and self-management of her behaviors and emotions which will help her to achieve success in her adult years. We are so very thankful that we found Heritage and that they were willing to take a chance on M. We have found that the program at Heritage is very strong and consistent across all aspects of daily life. We enjoyed the regular updates from her Home Director and other house staff. It was very apparent that house staff was as well trained and consistent in working with the kids as the therapist and other campus staff. The family therapy program was more intense that other family therapy programs. It truly involved the whole family and efforts from all family members. We are grateful for the new insights and new tools that we learned. M’s amazing progress and growth is a testament to the benefits of having a solid well rounded program that challenges children, provides a consistent support structure, provides lots of off campus and on campus activities, and provides a high quality sensory unit for decompression and a soothing atmosphere to recover from over stimulation or to get out of a negative space. M. thoroughly enjoyed working and interacting with the horses and loved her job at the stables. Based on our experience, Heritage sets the high standards by which all residential treatment centers and therapeutic schools should be required to meet or exceed. We wish we found you years ago. We cannot thank you enough.
I am honored to write this letter to Heritage. I was a student at Heritage in 2000-2002 and because of the philosophy of Heritage I am now able to live a successful life. I have recently graduated with my Associates degree and am pursuing my Bachelor’s degree. I am always reflecting on the time I spend at Heritage and how I can honestly say that was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I had built relationships with other peers and the staff that cannot be explained in words. My experience at Heritage is the reason I am the person I am now. I work for a fortune 50 company, attend college full time, and live on my own. I have learned how to build positive relationships that before Heritage was not a possibility. I am now an advocate for at risk youth in the Los Angeles area. I am in the process of becoming a big brother with the Big Brother Big Sister of American foundation. My future holds many great journeys ahead and I plan on leaving a positive impact on society by helping the youth. I have been there and know how it is to feel alone and I feel that my place in this world is to help other children that feel the same. I want to thank you so very much for the time and effort Heritage has invested into my life. I wish Heritage a continuing success in helping others like myself see that there are other possibilities in life. Once again I cannot express my sincere gratitude enough to thank you and Heritage for the help they provided me.
Our son may never open up fully to anyone, it’s a drag to know how bad things are inside him at times and no one can get in. I have great respect for you, and those who do what you do for John. His happiness and smile are back & you had something to do with it – kudos! They can be so cool, fun and full of energy. He has been making me tired watching the work he has been doing at our new house. No negativity or combativeness, all cooperation so far – school, related appointments, eating, taking care of his dog, going to bed.don’t worry I will stop there—I know exactly what has a high possibility of being around any corner we turn, but I know both he and we are better prepared to handle it when it comes now. So—thanks to all at Heritage & a very nice day to you!
I can’t express enough of my gratitude and amazement of your program. You are changing and saving lives! The love, support and professionalism that I feel when I’m there, and that was from the first day I set foot there, is so powerful and genuine, that I don’t know what to say besides THANK YOU!!! Also extend my gratitude to my daughters mentor, an absolutely wonderful woman! Have a great day, I now have new hope!!!