General Residential Operation : Chelsea Place

The Houston GRO Campus (Chelsea Place) is a two-story home with a loft area that can accommodate up to 23 youth.

Chelsea Place works with females ages 12 and older. The loft can accommodate four youth and generally houses our oldest young ladies (16+). The main house is comprised of rooms that can accommodate 2-4 youth. Youth are assigned to houses based on their age/gender and rooms based on their diagnosis, presenting behavioral challenges, and therapeutic treatment needs

We utilize the Sanctuary Model of care to create a therapeutic environment within the milieu. This model promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community. Staff are trained in trauma-informed care in an effort to best meet the needs of youth placed with us. As a trauma-informed model of care, there is a shift from “What is wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Sanctuary utilizes S.E.L.F. (Safety, Emotions, Loss, Future) to create a place for traumatized youth to heal through the implementation of the 7 Commitments:

  1. Nonviolence – physically, emotionally, socially, and morally

  2. Emotional Intelligence – management of feelings so that we are not a danger to ourselves or others.

  3. Social learning – respecting others and sharing ideas 

  4. Democracy – shared decision making.

  5. Open communication – say what you mean, mean what you say, and don’t be mean when you say it.

  6. Social responsibility – a recognition that everyone makes a contribution; together we accomplish more.

  7. Growth + change – creating hope for the youth we serve as well as for ourselves

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In addition to the therapeutic milieu; each youth will be assigned to an individual therapist that will meet with them weekly based on their therapeutic needs.

Individual therapy will have a focus on working through trauma, processing emotions, behavioral stabilization, and development/implementation of coping skills. The therapeutic team consists of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed/Affiliate Sex Offender Treatment Providers, and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors. This team is composed of providers that are familiar with the specific population of youth that we serve. They also participate in trauma training to aide in the implementation of the trauma-informed treatment outlined in the Sanctuary Model of care.