Often, young adults who have experienced behavioral, psychological, or emotional disorders receive treatment as teens but find themselves without resources as they complete their high school education. When this happens, they need support from special centers that understand their situation and can provide ongoing treatment and training as they age out of teen programs.

This allows them to progress and succeed as adults. Residential treatment centers (RTC) such as Telos U offer a college/trade/life/work experience promoting emotional growth, friendship and normalized living for older students who are ready to become valuable, productive members of their community.

What is Telos U?

Telos U is for young adult females, males, and non-binary students who find they still need the structure and support they experienced at therapeutic boarding schools (TBS) or residential treatment centers (RTC). As they age out of these programs, they need a safe transition that provides them with the tools they need to embrace higher levels of freedom and responsibility, with confidence, knowing help and clinical support are available when they need it.

What Do Residential Treatments for Young Adults Offer?

Centers like Telos U are young adult boarding schools providing the resources needed as teens enter young adulthood and are ready to pursue their chosen career paths. They are co-ed centers where students can live and operate with less structure yet still have the security of a caring staff to guide them on their journey.

At Telos U for example, we have the largest on-campus population where students can progress with growing levels of freedom and responsibility as they earn trust. Students are empowered to seek independence through skills built with the guidance of Life Coaches and therapists specializing in young adults. The center focuses on health, where all genders share living space with age-appropriate roommates and enjoy age-appropriate activities. This includes:

  • Therapeutic living options
  • Med management
  • Life coaches
  • Apartment staff
  • Living quarters
  • Fitness center and activities in a full-size gym
  • Outdoor space for daily activities on campus
  • Workshops
  • Art
  • Camping
  • Off-campus adventures

What Approach Do Residential Treatments for Young Adults Take?

Support is at the center of young adult residential treatment centers. For example, at Telos U, we offer a loving and engaged culture with what we call our “arm around the shoulder” attitude. This provides an environment focused on growth and healing where young adults share in a clinically sophisticated, relationship-based treatment center. Our family-centric environment is safe and secure, helping ensure positive personal outcomes for students and their families who share in the success.

Who Provides the Services at a Residential Treatment Center for Young Adults?

At Telos, our young adult boarding school staff willingly engage in ongoing training to stay certified and clinically sound. As a result, residents have the expertise they need to support their goals and work hard to improve with a team cheering them on to help them get there. Staff include:

  • Medical personnel
  • Teachers
  • Apartment staff
  • Life coaches
  • Therapists

With an impressive 1:4 student/staff ratio, every student receives the attention and program they require to succeed. We work closely not only with each student but also with their personal therapist. When we think it will be productive, we might sit in on individual therapy sessions so we are completely involved in the student’s care and progress. Our goal is always to help each student achieve independence to live a fulfilling and productive life.

What Does a Typical Day Look Like at a Young Adult Residential Treatment Center?

Students still enjoy a structured life while learning the ropes of independence. A typical day might include:

  • A healthy breakfast with fellow students at the cafeteria
  • A group therapy session
  • Classes
  • Lunch with friends
  • Experiential experiences exploring the grounds and participating in special activities
  • Gym for physical activity and team sports to foster teamwork
  • More classes or workshops
  • Possible off-campus activities or workshops
  • Relaxation
  • Dinner
  • Mindfulness training or meditation practices
  • Wind down and lights out

Weekends offer free time, as well as assorted activities and the opportunity to meet with family.

Where Do Young Adults Go After the Residential Treatment Center?

Young adult residential treatment centers are all about progressing toward independence. As a result, the final phase is off-campus independent living to help students to adapt to the idea. This is essential to success, as it provides the final steps that encourage moving onward and upward so students leave the program with confidence. Care is still available “a la carte” based on the individual’s needs so they always have a safe environment to address areas that could use a little more strength.

Learn more about programs for young adults here.