Residential Treatment Centers for Children and Adolescents with Conduct Disorders

  • Paul A. LeBuffe
  • Suzanne Robison
  • Davida J. Chamberlin-Elliott


Any discussion of residential treatment is complicated by the fact that the term can encompass a variety of program settings and models. Residential treatment has been construed to include acute hospitalization, secure (locked) and open (unlocked) units, group homes, and at times, treatment foster care. This lack of definitional consensus has created considerable confusion and has made it difficult to summarize current research. The use of the term residential treatment center (RTC) in this chapter is based on the definition provided by Butler and McPherson (2007). They define RTCs as requiring a therapeutic milieu, multidisciplinary care, deliberate client supervision, intense staff supervision and training, and consistent clinical/administrative oversight. In addition, as used in this chapter, RTC refers to regulated settings that provide care and support to individuals who present both mental health disorders and significant risk management issues. Residential centers that provide primarily child welfare and protective services to individuals removed from their homes due to parental supervision issues are not within the purview of this chapter.


Conduct Problem Oppositional Defiant Disorder Residential Treatment Treatment Team Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy 
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The authors would like to thank the Devereux Professional Psycho- logy Trainees and the Quality Improvement Department’s support staff for their diligence and assistance in preparing this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. LeBuffe
    • 1
  • Suzanne Robison
    • 2
  • Davida J. Chamberlin-Elliott
    • 3
  1. 1.Devereux Center for Resilient ChildrenVillanovaUSA
  2. 2.Psychological Services and Human Development CenterFort WashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Outpatient and Substance Abuse Services Devereux Texas Treatment NetworkLeague CityUSA

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