Serenity Place provides a wide variety of diagnostic and treatment services. Services include social assessments psychological evaluations, therapeutic recreational services, medical and dental examinations and treatment, preparations for adult living skills, nutritional services, psychopharmacological treatment, after-care services, substance abuse services, and group, individual and family counseling. Serenity Place interdisciplinary Team will participate in planning a course of action for each child.

A residential training program is essential to the development and positive self-esteem for many of our resident’s development disabilities. Household chores such as cooking, cleaning, laundry and shopping are included within this program. In addition, money managament and various incentive programs are available to promote overall positive change.

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Serenity Place Residential Treatment Cent is an inpatient facility where boys and girls may reside until the age of 18. We Provide:

  • 24-Hour intensive treatment
  • 71 beds for the specialized or intense level of care
  • Therapeutic care for boys and girls ages 7-17 from staff trained in behavioral interventions, first aid, anger management, therapeutic interventions, and child development.
  • A range of services including individual group and family therapy, community and family living skills.
  • Socialization and recreational therapeutic approaches.
  • Therapeutic programs structured to the individual’s needs
  • Educational services provided by Houston Independent School District. Charter School Program and GED classes with Houston Community College.

The Program treats Children and Adolescents who suffer from conditions which include (but are not limited to):

  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
  • Neglect
  • Schizophrenia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Substance Abuse
  • Many other behavioral problems

Residential Treatment Center:

  • Licensed Child Care Administrator
  • Child Psychiatrist
  • Group of Therapists (LCSW, LPC,LCDC,NCC, LSOPT)
  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Clinical Director
  • Professional Level Service Provider
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The Sanctuary Model is a blueprint for clinical and organizational change which promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of trauma-informed community. It recognizes that adversity is pervasive in the experience of human beings. This premise is the basis for focusing not only on the people who seek service, but equally on the people and systems that provide those services.

Fostering Sanctuary in an organization is not a textbook protocol, but an organic process that happens over time to move an organization towards a trauma-informed culture. A Trauma-Informed organization is one that recognizes the inherent vulnerability of all human beings to the effects of trauma. It organizes systemwide interventions aimed at mitigating the negative effects of adversity and stress that are manifested in the clients served and the organization itself.

The Sanctuary Model is comprised of three primary components:


A philosophy for creating safe environments through community adherence to Seven Commitments


The trauma-informed problem solving framework represented by the acronym S.E.L.F. which stands for the four categories: Safety Emotion Loss and Future.


A set of practical tools known as the Sanctuary Toolkit


The Seven Challenges Program is designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems, to motivate a decision and commitment to change - and to support success in implementing the desired changes. The program simultaneously helps young people address their drug problems as well as their co-occurring life skill deficits, situational problems and psychological problems.

The challenges provide a framework for helping youth think through their own decisions about their lives and their use of alcohol and other drugs. Counselors using The Seven Challenges Program teach youth to identify and work on the issues most relevant to them. In sessions, as youth discuss the issues that matter most, counselors seamlessly integrate the Challenges as part of the conversation.

The Seven Challenges is listed as an evidence-based program in the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence -Based Programs and Practices.

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