Integrative Treatment

At The Charlton School, we focus on delivering the right treatment—one that’s individualized and customized specifically to the needs of each student. We base each individual’s program on an ongoing functional behavior assessment, monitoring progress and enhancing or adjusting our therapies as necessary.

Students on The Charlton School campus are typically struggling with:

  • emotion regulation
  • depression
  • dysthymia
  • bipolar
  • anxiety
  • personality disorders (borderline, histrionic, narcissistic traits)
Our therapists utilize an integrative approach to treatment that draws on the research of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk ( and Dr. Ross Greene ( Strategies include:

  • Interpersonal-relational
  • Family systems
  • Cognitive-behavioral
  • Art-therapy
  • Equine Therapy
  • Group Work

Treatment typically begins with a careful and collaborative assessment involving members of our treatment, residential, and educational teams. The assessment provides important information regarding the relative contributions of trauma, family, and other factors for each student, as well as their strengths and lagging skills. Based on these initial assessments and in close collaboration with the students, the therapists develop an individualized Positive Behavior Support Plan that provides:


  • A self-regulation template for difficult tasks
  • Context for planning, predicting, problem solving, and negotiating support
  • Context for legitimate control
  • Context for accountability
  • Support executive function development across many domains (social, academic, vocational)