The specialized adolescent girls program at Fairmount Behavioral Health System is designed to address the psychiatric needs of young female patients while being mindful of their developmental stage of life. The goal is to help them establish and sustain healthy, supportive relationships. We teach young women that being female is a strength, not a vulnerability or weakness.
This gender-responsive program provides girls with opportunities to heal from emotional trauma without fear that disclosure and discussion will carry negative consequences. It also offers them opportunities for success they can share with those around them. This model creates an environment based upon security, respect and dignity.
Our treatment model of trauma-informed care incorporates knowledge about violence against females and the impact of trauma, thereby increasing their effectiveness. We provide treatment in a secure environment with minimal risk of re- traumatization and maximum support for healthy coping skills.
The program focuses on the unique needs and developmental differences in females and takes into account that for many teen girls: