CASA House offers a voluntary residential treatment program for 12 to 18 year old adolescents.
CASA House focuses on treating adolescents who have not responded to previous interventions and now require a higher degree of intensive treatment. The adolescents' emotional, psychological and behavioural difficulties are so extreme and enduring that the family or school cannot tolerate the continued effects. The adolescents typically present with problems associated with:
- feelings of hopelessness
- suicidal thoughts or behaviours
- high anxiety
- inability to concentrate on task completion
- poor academic performance
- disregard for authority
- verbal and/or physical aggression
- low frustration tolerance and limit testing
The adolescents' stay at CASA House allows the family to separate from the conflict and focus on rebuilding their relationship with their son or daughter through individual growth and resolving barriers that impede the relationship.
CASA House has four on-site classrooms and four full time teachers from the Edmonton Public School system. Students are given individual attention paced at their own academic level. The schooling goal is to help the student develop work habits resulting in a sense of accomplishment and increased self-esteem. After treatment is completed, students are reintegrated into their community school.