What is a Residential Treatment Center?

Residential Treatment Centers for Troubled Girls

Learn more about residential treatment centers for troubled girls. A residential treatment center (RTC) for troubled girls is a psychiatric intensive inpatient program that treats at-risk teenage girls whose behaviors, predominantly due to underlying mental health problems, negatively impact and potentially jeopardize their quality of life. Residential treatment centers are indisputable patrons of troubled teen enterprise because they make up for many facilities that treat troubled teenagers.

Galatians 3:5 “So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?”

Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

That said, residential treatment programs are often misunderstood, misrepresented, or otherwise measured as other programs, such as brat camps, wilderness therapy facilities, and group houses for troubled teens. It's also worth mentioning that many treatment centers and those within the industry also count therapeutic boarding schools as RTCs and interchangeably use their terms (although technically, there are differences).

Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” 

Due to the obscure and often overuse of the phrase, residential treatment centers come in many different forms with variable ideologies, tenets, academic curriculums, and therapeutic assistance offered. As such, parents of at-risk adolescent girls should do meticulous research and investigations into any prospective RTC before shipping them their teenage daughter. 


A Residential Treatment Center for at-risk girls is, by definition, a single-sex facility. However, programs feel troubled teen females can better focus on restorative, emotional, and spiritual development when the distraction of the opposite sex is not an issue.

These single-sexed facilities' sole aim is to psychiatrically, educationally, and (in the case of Christian RTCs like Clearview) spiritually heal troubled girls whose underlying problems have led them to engage in negative and potentially harmful conduct.

Colossians 2:8-23 "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than ACCORDING TO CHRIST. For IN HIM all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and IN HIM YOU HAVE BEEN MADE COMPLETE, and He is the head over all rule and authority; and IN HIM YOU WERE ALSO circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; having been buried WITH HIM in baptism, in which YOU WERE ALSO raised up WITH HIM through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, HE MADE YOU ALIVE TOGETHER WITH HIM, having forgiven us ALL our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. WHEN HE had disarmed the rulers and authorities, HE MADE a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, and NOT holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth WHICH IS FROM GOD. IF YOU HAVE died WITH CHRIST to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men? These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of NO VALUE against FLESHLY indulgence."

Residential treatment centers with any clinical viability are staffed by clinical experts with years of experience explicitly treating teenagers' psychiatric and behavioral matters. Also, most reputable RTCs for troubled girls heavily underscore peer support.

Under the eye of immersed, experienced staff, girls at RTCs are encouraged to work through their issues with other teenage girls who struggle with similar at-risk behaviors and mental health-related matters.

Mental Health Residential Treatment

In today's culture, millions of adolescent girls live with mental illnesses that, if left untreated, can eventually lead to addiction or even fatal outcomes. Unfortunately, less than 50% of adolescent girls with mental health-related illnesses receive therapy for their disease due to cultural stigmatization connected to mental illnesses.

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;”

Given the potential developments that mentally ill teenage girls face, parents need to pursue immediate residential treatment for their daughters if they don't receive initial therapy.

Are you presently pursuing support for your troubled teenage daughter? If so, don't wait; seek help now!

MasterNet represents parents looking for Christian residential treatment programs that deliver an accredited residential treatment facility for troubled teenage girls who require behavioral, emotional, spiritual transformation, and psychiatric treatment for mental illnesses.

The best Christian residential treatment centers deliver therapeutic guidance for girls with mild-to-extreme mental illnesses such as adoption issues (reactive attachment disorder), self-harm and self-mutilation (such as cutting), and eating conditions such as anorexia, bulimia, self-defeating behaviors, mild addiction issues, and other related conduct disorders. 

While we firmly believe in Jesus' guidance and the message of his instructions, MasterNet parents also understands the significance of mental fitness and highlights the importance of mental health treatment.

Who is MasterNet, and Why Should Your Family Care?

MasterNet represents parents seeking Christian Therapeutic boarding schools, and for three decades, we have assisted families of troubled teens from all over the country. To learn more about our residential treatment program for at-risk teenage girls, call us today.

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, BUT THE FREE GIFT OF GOD is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Treating Underlying Emotional Issues in a Residential Treatment Setting

At MasterNet we work with adolescent girls who have seemingly given up on life. Like any troubled adolescent, the girls who come to engage in out-of-control behaviors because of underlying issues.

In other words, the prior behaviors of our students are nothing more than a cry for help, the symptoms of deep-seated, unconfronted internal issues (often, in secret). That said, the best programs, treat the illness, not the symptoms.

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Our psychiatric professional staff focuses on treating the underlying issues rather than our students' behavior, i.e., those living with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and other emotional and behavioral disorders. The programs we represent seek to bring internal issues to light to be adequately rehabilitated.

"Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you." Ephesians 4:31-32

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