Residential Treatment Services: Pervasive Emotion Dysregulation


Residential treatment for issues of self-injury and other problems stemming from pervasive emotional dysregulation is strength-based, child- and family-focused, and also stresses the importance of attachment and building healthy relationships. Candidates for treatment are males and females who want to change their self-destructive behavior and are willing to participate in intensive psychotherapy.


Program Details

Despite their dramatic presentation on the surface, self-harming and other impulsive or life-threatening behaviors are often linked to deeper issues at play beneath the surface, like many other behavioral health issues. For families supporting a child or children with these issues, the immediate dangers of self-harm are very real.

That’s why our approach to residential treatment for clients with pervasive emotion dysregulation is trauma-informed, strengths-based, child- and family-focused, and stresses the importance of attachment and building healthy relationships.

Our trauma-informed approach addresses the source of behaviors using dialectical behavior therapy and other evidence-based therapeutic interventions.

  • Evidence-informed best practices help clients learn to manage intense emotional states in healthier ways
  • Team of behavioral health professionals includes licensed therapists
  • Comprehensive self-injury assessment
  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Impulse control management
  • Education and support
  • Case management/aftercare planning
  • Financial counseling/insurance assistance
  • Psychiatric services

There are various programming options available based on each client’s individual needs.


Residential treatment

Our residential treatment program offers therapeutic services in a 24/7 supervised setting for youth with acute needs, using a combination of therapeutic, psychiatric, medical and milieu services. This highly structured environment offers numerous therapeutic activities and groups, recreation, and opportunities to practice learned skills in a safe environment.


Self-Injury Intensive Outpatient Program

This program includes individual and group therapy, and therapeutic milieu activities for 6-9 hours per week during the late afternoon and evening. Clinicians and staff provide initial orientation and commitment to program components, identify and address barriers to comprehensive treatment, and collaborate with existing community treatment providers and school personnel. Each week, group therapy and milieu groups focus on dialectical behavior therapy skills building, strengthening and generalization via empirically supported therapeutic learning activities. Individual and family therapy occur weekly to support skills training and enhance family relationships and communication.


Community Counseling Services

Community-based individual and family therapeutic programming is scheduled for three hours per week. Transportation to and from the program can be provided within a negotiated radius if transportation is not provided by family or health plan.



Reese's Mom

“I can’t tell you how it makes me feel to again see my child laugh and smile. She is blossoming into the wonderful young woman she is and I owe it to you and your program and staff.”


The Joint Commission

Sponsors of this Program

Missouri Department of Social Services – Children’s Division
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Missouir Department of Social Services – Division of Youth Services
The St. Louis Center for Family Development