Commentary: Recognizing the value of the milieu in therapeutic residential care for children and youth

Huefner, Jonathan, and Ainsworth, Frank (2021) Commentary: Recognizing the value of the milieu in therapeutic residential care for children and youth. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 38 (3). pp. 324-335.

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Abstract

Therapeutic residential care differs markedly from other forms of out-of-home care for children and youth. Support for the view that therapeutic residential care needs to be a milieu approach that leverages all interactions in the living environment to achieve a beneficial emotional and behavioral experience for children and youth is presented. A therapeutic milieu has the advantage of maintaining focus on what is in the best clinical interest for a child by aligning and coordinating all interactions and activities. We provide a rationale for a milieu-based foundation for therapeutic residential care that consists of five elements: care, treatment, nurturing, teaching, and order. Attending to milieu as defined will provide a sound foundation upon which effective and well-implemented treatment can be fully expressed.

Item ID: 70715
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1541-0358
Keywords: children and youth, therapeutic milieu, therapeutic residential care
Copyright Information: © 2021 Taylor & Francis.
Date Deposited: 03 May 2022 00:30
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