"The gender-specific programs at Caron offer teens a peaceful, safe environment for healing and growth."
Dr. Margaret King, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist
Boys and girls have different responses, motivations, and learning styles. Caron’s 60 plus years of experience has shown that giving them programs specifically geared to their genders is highly effective and ensures that they have a safe place free of distractions to concentrate on themselves.
Caron’s individual, group, and family programming for boys encourage them to express their emotions, rather than “stuffing” them inside. We give teen boys a safe environment in which to truly open up and discuss gender-specific issues such as:
- Low self-esteem
For teenage girls, a lack of self-esteem and inward pressure to be perfect can lead to mental health issues and substance abuse. The teenage girls we treat often come to us with issues like:
- Family conflict
- Low self-esteem or self-loathing
- Cutting and self-injurious behaviors
- Body image issues
We help them confront those issues, build a sense of confidence, establish healthy boundaries, and better understand how to create and nurture healthy relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners.
An important aspect of Caron’s approach to treatment is that teenage girls live during their stay in a building with women of all ages. We have found that this multigenerational residence offers nurturing and support that enhances the young women’s treatment and gives them a network of other women on which they can depend.