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.