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Merck Center

The Merck Center at Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence is a residential treatment center for girls ages 12-18 with a wide range of clinically complex and treatment-resistant issues best helped through evidence-based treatment approaches. We successfully treat girls with issues that include depression, attachment disorders, anxiety disorders, borderline features, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders and trauma. We accept girls who are pregnant.

A high staff-to-child ratio allows for each child to receive the individual attention she needs. Our master’s level clinical staff are trained in using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based treatment model to help children who have suffered trauma. We also provide a wide range of expressive therapies, a challenging recreation program and sensory integration and mindfulness activities.

Our clinical, milieu and teaching staff are trained in Collaborative Program Solving, which is based on the belief that kids will do well if they can, and challenging behavior is a result of a deficit of skills to meet expectations or respond to triggers. Our staff will respond immediately to safety issues, and teach skills that will address the underlying problems leading to the unsafe behavior.

The Merck Center includes a 45-day assessment program. We provide comprehensive assessments, including recommendations for placement options. Some students stay with us solely for the assessment period while others complete their treatment at the Merck Center.

Our programs are supported by board-certified child psychiatrists and our own nursing staff. A physician from Boston Children’s Hospital holds a clinic on-campus weekly.

Girls at the Merck Center attend school at Germaine Lawrence’s academic program, which is fully licensed and meets a wide range of academic abilities.

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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