Applewood Centers is a private, nonprofit agency providing behavioral health, social services and educational services for children and youth from birth to age 21 and their families. Services are provided from the agency’s offices, residential center, clients’ homes and through The Gerson School, public/private schools and other locations throughout the community.
Each day consists of a variety of activities and interventions centered on a therapeutic theme. The groups are led by therapists and other qualified mental health providers. The group process provides children and adolescents with opportunities to share their thoughts and feelings and to learn skills that will enable them to be more successful and better be able to function in different areas of their lives. The program assists children and adolescents with skill development in the following areas but is not limited to:
Applewood Centers provides residential treatment for youth ages 11 to 18 who have a variety of severe mental health needs or have demonstrated self-injurious, risk-taking, and aggressive behaviors. Through a multidisciplinary approach, we work with clients to address each of their individual complex needs—building upon his or her strengths towards recovery. Our team works with the youth on character development and self management while learning leadership development and positive peer culture. Applewood Centers has two programs — Apple Blossom for Girls and Orchard for Boys.
Becoming a foster parent is a very special decision to make. It is not a job—it is a way to provide outreach in the community, and help youth through the many difficult challenges of developing and maturing into young adults. The foster care program at Applewood Centers provides homes to youth of all ages who have behavioral and/or mental health issues. Unfortunately, many come from situations where there was neglect, abuse, and unsafe environments. As a result, the foster youth in our program are in need of adults to show they care and provide guidance, support, and love.