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Re-Education of Emotionally Disturbed (Re-ED) Youth

A component of the intensive mental health treatment provided on Youth Villages' Residential Treatment campuses, the Re-Education of Emotionally Disturbed (Re-ED) Youth therapy model includes a structured routine to help children settle into a regulated lifestyle with clearly set expectations and a system of rewards and consequences. Emphasizing accomplishments and competence-building activities, Re-ED reinforces positive behavior changes and allows children to build trusting relationships with their counselors, teachers and other adults.

Using Re-ED principles, Youth Villages teaches children:

  • Live life now, not in the past.
  • Trust between children and adults is essential.
  • Be good at something; competence makes a difference.
  • Time is an ally.
  • Self-control can be taught.
  • Intelligence can be taught.
  • Feelings should be nurtured, shared spontaneously, controlled when necessary, expressed when too long repressed and shared with trusted others.
  • The group is very important.
  • Ceremony and ritual give order, stability and confidence.
  • The body is the armature of the self.
  • Communities are important.
  • A child should know some joy in each day. 
About Us
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. We help more than 22,000 children and families each year from across the country. Our Evidentiary Family Restoration® approach involves intensive work with the child and family, a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible, and providing accountability to families and funders. The EFR approach produces lasting success for children with success rates twice that of traditional services at one-third the cost of traditional care.
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