The Montford Hall clinical program provides evidence-based dual diagnosis treatment, with individual and group therapy, family programming, and psychiatry as needed. 


Every student at Montford Hall has a substance use disorder, which is something that, of course, needs to be addressed in its own right.

But there’s so much more to his story: his strengths and liabilities, his gifts and learning edges, his hurts and habits, his triumphs and mistakes, his family strife and connection. During weekly one-on-one sessions, the student explores these unique factors with his therapist, and begins to figure out what he wants to hold onto and what he wants to do differently in order to become a happier and more hopeful person.

Our clinicians are adept at working with students with the following co-occurring issues:

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • attachment issues

  • grief/loss

  • trauma

  • sexual orientation and gender identity (LGBTQ)













Our person-centered, strengths-based clinical approach employs a combination of evidence-based strategies for working with teenagers and treating dual diagnoses, including ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Motivational Enhancement Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, DBT-Informed Therapy, and Multidimensional Family Therapy.

Our person-centered, strengths-based clinical approach employs a combination of evidence-based strategies for working with teenagers and treating dual diagnoses.

  • school struggles

  • struggles with identity development

  • self-harm

  • suicidal ideation

  • adoption issues


Students participate in two weekly group therapy sessions. One is a process group in which interactions among group members are mediated, interpreted, and critiqued, allowing for interpersonal insight. The other is a psycho-educational group that focuses on developing skills and expanding knowledge in an area that supports a recovery lifestyle.

​Additional special topic groups, such as adoption and anger management, are introduced as needed.​

Psycho-ed group topics include: 

  • family systems

  • recovery tools

  • boundaries

  • substance use and the teenage brain

  • anxiety

  • communication

  • diversity

  • relapse prevention

  • 12-step studies

  • 12-step principles


Because family participation is critical to recovery, especially for adolescents, Montford Hall requires a commitment from parents to engage in the process as a condition of enrollment. We facilitate family work during quarterly weekend workshops, weekly parent calls with the student’s therapist, biweekly parent support calls, family therapy sessions as needed, and through webinars and other educational resources.


Parents are also expected to attend local Al-Anon or Families Anonymous groups regularly, and strongly encouraged to participate in individual or couples therapy. Montford Hall will make every effort to help parents find an appropriate mental health provider in their area if they need assistance. 

Family Program Features
  • quarterly weekend workshops

  • weekly parent calls with the student’s therapist

  • biweekly parent support calls

  • family therapy sessions as needed

  • webinars and other educational resources



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