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.
Focus on Unique Needs of Adolescent Girls
The program focuses on the unique needs and developmental differences in females and takes into account that for many teen girls:
Self-concept is largely based on how others view them and the gender messages they receive from society.
Relationships typically guide their behaviors. Girls relate and work best one-on-one. Feelings and emotions are central to how they relate and behave.
There is a need to share experiences and feelings and be heard and affirmed.
They are typically better with verbal skills that help them empathize and connect with others.
They tend to internalize failure and externalize success.
They look to external sources for self-esteem.
They are greatly influenced by media.
Components of Adolescent Girls Program
Empowering girls to reach their full potential
Encouraging girls to believe in and use their physical strength and abilities
Using strengths-based language to fortify self-worth
Encouraging girls to value and trust their feelings, intuitions and decisions
Encouraging girls natural creativity and innovation
Here to Assist You 24/7
If a psychiatric disorder or chemical dependency affects you or a loved one, please call 215-487-4100. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to perform no-cost assessments and answer questions on programs and admissions.