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Elk River Treatment Program

Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP) pioneered physician-directed medication management and a full academic program in the short-term, outdoor-based setting.

ERTP, a program of The Pinnacle Schools, is a therapeutic intervention program for troubled teens ages 12-18. The program provides diagnostic, assessment, education and treatment services from a base campus. Unlike wilderness programs, Elk River Treatment provides a Treatment Team approach using cognitive therapy modification in a group process.

Find us on FacebookTherapeutic outdoor programs or "wilderness" programs use the setting of the outdoors as a teaching tool to help troubled teens. Typically,these programs offer therapies to assist teenagers who are despondent, have declining grades and who need to develop self-confidence and a heightened sense of self. Some wilderness programs are trekking, which means they set up a new base campus each day. Elk River programs are a medical model with therapy and academics as key components to recovery.

Elk River Treatment programs are outdoor-based, but with 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.

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

Upon admission, students are given all items necessary for completing the short-term program. They are outfitted with standard outdoor equipment such as clothing, hiking boots, hat, sleeping bag and rain gear. It is theirs to keep when they depart.

We believe parents are an essential part of the Treatment Team. They work closely with the Treatment Team to understand their teen's progress while at ERTP, and receive weekly updates on their child's progress. Each student is led 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 students who have unstable eating disorders, predatory behavior or severe learning differences. While students 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.