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Therapeutic Day Treatment


Program Snapshot

The Therapeutic Day Treatment program, known also as Youth Making a Difference, is a trauma-informed, daily therapeutic group/milieu program for at-risk youth. The program is focused on self-regulation, wellness, building positive attachments, improving trust, enhancing coping skills, and improving communication and relationships.

The program offers a structured formal program from 3:00 to 5:00 each weekday, although clients may arrive any time after 1:30 p.m. to begin working on homework assignments, meet quietly with friends, or spend time with the program’s counselors. In addition to group workshops, clients may also receive individual and family support and counseling, and during the summer can participate in an adventure-based experiential program. Youth enrolled in the YMD program learn to recognize how their behavior affects the overall family dynamics, learn to make safe and informed choices in their lives, and develop trusting and meaningful relationships with their peers and family members. Family events are also offered monthly.


Clients at a Glance

Youth referred to the YMD program are typically between the ages of 12 and 16, and have experienced the effects of trauma as a result of multiple placements, maltreatment, domestic violence, family histories of substance abuse, or other traumatic life events. Youth referred may be experiencing symptoms of depression or anxiety, have poor impulse control, struggle with emotional regulation, have difficulty learning, or experienced strained relationships. Youth may be at risk of being removed from their homes or community, or may be transitioning back to the home or community from a higher level of care.


Inquiries about this program should be sent to Day Treatment Program Director Sarah Valois, MSW, LICSW at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 508-770-0511 ext. 112, or faxed to 508-770-0875.