Residential Intensive Therapy Program

Severely emotionally troubled youth, ages 12-18, receiving intensive mental health therapy and living in 10-bedroom cottages on the Oesterlen campus, for stays of 6 to 12 months.


    Oesterlen's intensive treatment unit therapeutic programs are designed to assist youth who need a staff intensive, controlled entry and exit setting where constant attention is directed toward implementing a consistent therapeutic regimen.

    The intensive therapeutic program features highly individualized therapeutic approaches. Family involvement where possible is strongly emphasized. As behavioral health issues are identified, youth are directed by staff prompts through a constructive problem solving model. This approach is trauma-informed and personalized for each client.

    Youth who have been unsuccessful in previous placements are often candidates for placement in Oesterlen's Intensive Treatment Units.

    Therapy Program

    An individualized treatment plan is developed soon after the youth is placed at Oesterlen.

    The youth resides in a therapeutic milieu and treatment includes individual, family, and group psychotherapy provided by a licensed clinical therapist.

    In addition to attending school, the youth is provided daily therapeutic recreation activities, frequent participation in art therapy, and the voluntary opportunity to attend religious life programs

    Treatment Team

    Under the leadership of a licensed clinical therapist, the treatment team includes the following:

    • Cottage supervisor
    • Specially trained youth leader staff of ten to twelve persons
    • Teacher
    • Nurse
    • Registered and licensed art therapist
    • Chaplain

    A Board Certified Child Psychiatrist functions as the Medical Director/Supervisor, providing medication management and treatment consultation.

    Agency Credentials

    Oesterlen is accredited by COA and its programs are licensed and certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

    Oesterlen is a full member of the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies and Lutheran Services in America. Oesterlen is affiliated with the Northeastern, Northwestern, and Southern Ohio Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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    Send Inquiry or Referral

    For a preliminary conversation or to set an appointment, please call the Residential Intake Coordinator.

    Phone: (937) 399-6101
    Fax: (937) 398-0275