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Elk River Treatment Program

"This is not a trip to Malibu or some fancy resort. But these are people who have the skill to help your child do things they never thought they could." - Parent of graduate

Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) is an outdoor-based therapeutic intervention program for troubled teens. The program was developed by a team of medical professionals for boys and girls from ages 12 to 18.

The program provides diagnostic, assessment, education and treatment services from a base campus. Unlike wilderness programs which often require residents to set up a new base camp each day, ERTP uses a base camp which allows the Treatment Team and supporting staff to provide a full academic program along with medical and psychological treatment using cognitive behavior modification.

Find us on FacebookERTP uses the outdoors as a teaching tool to help teens develop self-confidence and a heightened sense of self. Our success is due to combined components of recovery on a base campus: physician-directed medication management, individual, group and family therapy, and comprehensive academics.

Although outdoor-based, ERTP is equipped with essential indoor facilities such as a gymnasium, cafeteria with commercial kitchen, two shower houses, laundry facility, cabins for advanced students, and a large school house with a storm shelter.

Resident's goals are supported by strong relationships with a highly trained, ethical and caring staff. ERTP students attend individual, group and family therapy, work on academic course work and participate in hands-on learning projects daily.

Upon admission, residents are given all items necessary for completing the program. They are outfitted with standard outdoor equipment such as clothing, hiking boots, hat, sleeping bag and rain gear. The equipment is theirs to take home upon graduation.

We believe parents are an essential part of the Treatment Team. They work closely with the Treatment Team to understand their child's progress while at ERTP, and receive weekly updates on their child's progress. Each resident has an individualized treatment plan, developed by a Treatment Team including:

  • Parents
  • Supervisor
  • Trained counselors
  • Clinician
  • Professional Referral Sources

We address the needs of many students. Common issues include:

  • ADD or AD/HD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Defiance
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Disrespect
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Adoption/Abandonment
  • Alcohol/Drug Use and Abuse
  • Immaturity
  • Impulsiveness
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Learning Differences
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Mood Difficulties
  • Obesity
  • Online Gaming Addiction
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Poor Peer Relationships
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Truancy/Poor School Performance

ERTP does not accept children who have unstable eating disorders, predatory behavior or severe learning differences. While children may be coping with social, psychological or emotional issues, they must be physically capable of exercise without significant physical/medical conditions.

Elk River Treatment Program supports the mission of The Pinnacle Schools by providing an environment of respect, acceptance and challenge where students can become confident, self-directed, educated and contributing members of society.