All Kinds of News for July 12, 2017
Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for teens ages 13-18, provides a supportive and caring environment which helps teens of all gender identities work through emotional and behavioral challenges. Elevations defines their approach to working with students as gender affirming and individualized. For students who identify as transgender, Elevations follows World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) recommendations, with the expectation that no one fits perfectly into a standardized treatment protocol.
“The reality is that every person's journey is a different pathway, and impacted by others in their life sphere,” comments Dr. Michael Connolly, Medical Director of Elevations RTC. “Given our work with adolescents, the most immediate and obvious aspect is integrating the family system. We meet both patients and families where they come from. What this really means is that everyone's belief and understanding of psychological, social, physical, and medical needs are impacted by their available knowledge and belief systems. We promote a loving acceptance of this starting place, and work toward furthering empathy and partnership when needed.”
When medical treatment is approached, Elevations prefers to utilize providers (endocrinology, etc.) from the teenager's home area when possible, as they believe that a longstanding medical relationship with a provider optimizes care. When needed, Elevations utilizes local physicians and works with families to locate another provider upon discharge from the program.
“Medical interventions are only acted upon after careful consideration of side effects and adverse effects,” says Dr. Connolly. “If everyone is on board and there is some level of stability and consistency in desired goals, we help students move forward with medical interventions.The level of medical intervention is effected by a number of factors, including age. For example, hormone blockers are often used for younger children before they reach puberty. This helps to prevent the development of secondary sex characteristics. Teens don’t benefit from hormone blockers the same way a 10 year old would. For some teens, hormone blockers can help them psychologically by decreasing testosterone or estrogen in their bodies. ”
Elevations RTC fosters a program in which the expectation is to explore and solidify a student’s identity towards a fuller, more authentic self whether that identity impacts gender or not. To this end, Elevations has supported many teenagers in all points of their respective journeys, from exploration to integration of gender affirming medical interventions.
“At Elevations, students are able to feel accepted and learn more about themselves as individuals,” comments Dr. Connolly. “Unlike other programs, students are housed with the gender they identify with and are treated with respect and integrity. Students aren’t marginalized here.”
About Elevations RTC
Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center that offers guidance, support and relief to young men and women struggling with issues like trauma, depression, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance abuse. Elevations RTC is a licensed treatment center located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens.