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General Information

Since 1973 Excelsior Youth Center has provided effective treatment for adolescent girls, ages 11-up to 21, who have struggled with social and emotional problems. Situated on a 33-acre campus overlooking the Rocky Mountains in the Denver-Metro area, Excelsior provides a Continum of Care that includes Residential and non-Residential treatment programs.

Under the framework of Reality Therapy (Cognitive Behavioral), clients participate in a comprehensive treatment program which uses strength-based goals and objectives designed to promote effective and healthy choices as well as personal responsibility. Treatment is facilitated by experienced staff including psychiatrists, psychologists, master's level psychotherapists and direct care staff.

Admissions Criteria:

  • Ages 11-18 (18-21 with court order)
  • Medically Fragile (ie. Diabetic, Anorexic, Bulimic, etc.)
  • If below 70 IQ, consider on case-by-case basis
  • If pregnant may remain in residential treatment at Excelsior up to 7th month

Specific programs and services offered by Excelsior:

  • Assessment: Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scales-2 (RADS-2), Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment, and the Basic Achievement Skills Inventory
  • Psychiatric evaluation and on-going medication management
  • Customized Treatment Plans developed by a multidisciplinary team, in cooperation with the family and referral agency tailored to the individualized needs of the adolescent to promote successful reintegration into the community
  • Weekly Individual and Family Therapy
  • Daily Group Couseling focused on life skills, problem-solving and psycho-educational topics
  • Specialized Therapy Groups (ie. Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Substance Abuse, Relapse Prevention, Family Dynamics, Healthy Relationships, etc.)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EDMR) (if clinically indicated)
  • Offensive Specific Treatment for sexual offenders (if clinically indicated)
  • Recreational groups and activities on and off campus to promote healthy socialization, life skills and community involvement
  • Wellness Program promoting healthy choices, regular fitness and proper nutrition
  • Olweus Bullying Prevention Program which includes weekly groups to promote an anti-bullying message
  • Animal-Assisted Therapy (Equine and Trauma Based Canine Therapy) to address past trauma and promote healing
  • On-site swimming pool and recreation center to promote fitness
  • A specialized Cottage for younger girls ages 11-13 years old with age-specific programming
  • The Treatment and Learning Center (a sub acute Cottage) for extreme high-risk adolescents presenting dangerous behaviors; similar to a hospital setting
  • On-site vocational programming (ie: Culinary Arts, Cosmetology) and off-site volunteer and job opportunities
  • Independent Living Cottage focused on emancipation skills
  • Fully accredited on-campus school with licensed teachers and educational diagnosticians, small classes, behavorial support, tutoring and a bullying prevention program.