The Christie Campus provides beautiful, natural surroundings designed to accommodate treatment, recreation and family visits.
For almost 50 years, Youth Villages Oregon has been providing residential treatment for children with serious emotional and behavioral problems. A private nonprofit organization, Youth Villages Oregon’s mission is to help children and families live successfully. The program uses clinically proven treatment approaches with the goal of returning children to their families or other less restrictive settings as quickly as possible.
Residential treatment is part of Youth Villages Oregon’s wide array of programs and services, which also includes intensive in-home services and transition services for young adults. For children with more severe issues, we offer the safety and security of intensive, secure and enhanced residential treatment.
Located next to Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego, Ore., the Christie Campus’ beautifully landscaped setting is often a backdrop for wildlife, and offers boys and girls a peaceful therapeutic environment. Among lush evergreens and brightly blooming flowers, the campus features a swimming pool, a baseball field, sport courts and a playground for recreational activities.
The Christie Campus features two cottages for intensive residential treatment in a secure environment as well as enhanced psychiatric residential treatment with additional staff and psychiatric support for higher acuity youth. In addition, a third cottage houses children receiving help in the Cedar Bough Native American Program.
An individualized treatment approach
With individual cottages accommodating groups of 10-12 youth, we prioritize placing children in groups according to age, diagnosis, intellectual functioning level and gender when possible. Masters-level counselors provide group, individual and family therapy, and staff also includes child and adolescent psychiatrists and nurses. Counselors use evidence-based practices to help troubled children focus on the present and learn successful behavior patterns. Youth participate in a variety of recreational activities, including a challenge ropes course, swimming in an outdoor pool and playing on sport courts. Our campus school programs are staffed with Clackamas Education Service District special education teachers and teacher assistants. In addition, we offer equine-assisted psychotherapy at the spectacular Butte Creek Ranch when clinically appropriate.
The campus also houses the Cedar Bough Native American Program, featuring culturally responsive residential treatment for Native American youth as well as youth who can benefit from a strong cultural and spiritual life program. Guided by Youth Villages Oregon’s Native American Advisory Council, the Cedar Bough Program provides holistic care incorporating the physical environment and mind/body healing best practices. This program offers youth many traditional experiential opportunities, including powwows, therapeutic ropes course work, beading, drumming, singing, dancing, regalia making, sweat lodges and smudging. Children in the Cedar Bough Program also participate regularly in many cultural and therapeutic activities on the Clackamas River Campus.
Flexible admission criteria
Residential treatment at Youth Villages is available to both boys and girls ages 6-17. We accept children with IQs of 70 and above. In addition, specialty treatment programs are available for hard-to-place youth.
Learn more about Evidentiary Family Restoration® and the evidence-based practices Youth Villages uses in treatment.
If you are considering referring a child to Youth Villages, please learn about admission guidelines, location and funding considerations and complete a brief referral questionnaire.
Youth Villages Oregon, Christie Campus
PO BOX 368
Marylhurst, OR 97036
Physical address (no post office delivery available):
2507 Christie Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97034