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Treatment at the Germaine Lawrence Campus

Evidence-based cognitive-behavioral practices form the basis for treatment at the Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence Campus.

Our therapeutic milieu is highly structured and closely supervised, with a high staff-to-child ratio. Our staff are trained to tailor treatment to meet the unique needs of each girl while at the same time providing a nurturing and supportive environment.

Our goal is to help girls with serious emotional and behavioral issues learn to replace difficult behaviors with more positive behavior patterns and ways to deal with their emotions.

All of our programs are trauma-informed. Clinical staff are trained in using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based treatment model to help children who have suffered trauma or have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Praise and huddle ups – groups of girls spontaneously getting together to give one another honest feedback – help reinforce positive behaviors. Finding joy in each day is an important component of treatment at our campus, where we always make time to laugh, joke around and engage in activities that the girls truly enjoy.

We also provide a wide range of expressive arts therapies, a challenging recreation program, and sensory integration and mindfulness activities.


To make a referral to any of our Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence Campus programs, please contact Kristin Vander Els at 781-859-1227 or by email.

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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