Residential Treatment Center : Houston Campus

Residential Treatment Center

The Houston RTC Campus is located within the heart of North Houston and is comprised of three dormitories – Canaan, Judah, and Israel.

The Houston RTC Campus works with males and females between the ages of 5 and 18+. Canaan houses our boys between the ages 14 and younger; Judah houses our girls ages 12 and younger; Israel houses our boys ages 14+. Each room can accommodate between 2 and 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


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-focused treatment outlined in the Sanctuary Model of care.

The Houston RTC Campus is housed within the Houston Independent School District. Youth are enrolled in our home schools of Wesley Elementary, MC Williams Middle School, and Booker T Washington High school. Based on the academic learning and behavioral needs of the students, they may be transitioned into other schools within the district to ensure that their needs are effectively met while in our care. Tutorials are offered through the school as needed to provide additional assistance for youth presenting with academic challenges. The school district does offer alternative learning programs for conduct challenges, special education needs, and credit recovery. We also are in close proximity to Junior Colleges and Trade Schools for our youth that have graduated from high school or are looking to obtain a GED.

Our program offers a variety of recreational opportunities.

Our youth participate in on-campus recreation in the form of basketball, kickball, foursquare, and taking walks throughout the community. Our off-campus outings include the park, movies, college/professional sporting events, going out to eat, museums, water parks, and many more activities throughout the city. We also have partnered with the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club for athletic purposes. Through this partnership, we offer seasonal sports of soccer, basketball, baseball, and flag football. We are also connected with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts which offers an increase in social skill building opportunities for our youth. Youth are also able to participate in extracurricular activities through the school district if it is found to have a level of therapeutic value and they are able to maintain their academic standing.