Stevens Treatment Programs

24 Main Street 
Swansea, MA 02777


Gail M.Curran, MS, - Director of Marketing


Boys Only

Call admissions department for current tuition.

Stevens Treatment Programs is a private, non-profit, 766-approved therapeutic residential treatment program and school, licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Overview of Programs & Services

Youth with behavioral and emotional problems with severe treatment issues need a structured environment that is safe, secure, and therapeutic. A cognitive/behavioral approach gives youth the tools to be in control, to trust adults, and prepare them for a successful transition back to their families and communities.

Stevens Treatment Programs has a rolling admissions policy so a state agency, school district, independent education school consultant or out-of-state medical, mental health, or social services agency of a student may apply at any time. The Admissions Screening committee accepts students who will be able to integrate into our program and who will benefit from the enhanced educational and therapeutic services we provide.

Admission to the Stevens Treatment Program is facilitated by a thorough exchange of information about the prospective student. The Admissions Committee reviews the youth and family history, Individual Education Plan, psychiatric, psychological and educational assessments and medical and educational records to determine if placement is appropriate. Students may be interviewed at Stevens or another agreed upon location.

To facilitate the screening process, referral sources are asked to provide (if available) the following written information as part of the initial referral packet:

• Current Psychological Evaluation • Medical & medication history including immunizations
• Current Psychiatric Evaluation • Neurological Evaluations, if applicable
• Psychosocial Evaluations • Education history, including academic level
• Behavioral Data • Current IEP, if applicable
• Fire Setting Assessment, if applicable • Identification of Funding Agencies
• Sexual Abuse/Offender Assessment, if applicable • Guardianship/Custody status
• Psychosexual Evaluations • Police/Court Reports, if applicable
• Trauma Assessments

The Clients We Serve • Difficult to place males between the ages of 12-17
• Youth in need of highly specialized, staff-secure, therapeutic residential treatment and education
• Youth who need short-term evaluation services
• Youth with fire setter, sexual abusing, behavioral disorders and emotional disturbances

Educational Services
The Brayton Learning Center, located on our main campus, offers an educational setting intended to help youth make academic and behavioral progress. Youth receive a customized education that allows them to meet educational requirements and reach their learning potential.

The curriculum is designed to provide innovative instruction associated with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. It is also designed to accommodate the implementation of students’ Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Additionally, the curriculum is aligned with youths’ clinical goals and is structured to help build social and life skills. Instruction is held in small classrooms with a 1:3 staff to student ratio. The following core subjects are taught:

• English Language Arts
• Mathematics
• History/Social Studies
• Science/Technology

Enrichment Courses

Youth receive instruction in a foreign language, career education, physical education/health issues, music, fine arts, practical arts, outdoor experiential lessons and study/organization skills, further enriching their educational experience.

Pre-Vocational Curriculum

Rounding-out the academic program is our pre-vocational curriculum. These courses will assist youth in developing work skills and appropriate work ethics. Youth have the opportunity to practice skills learned while performing hands-on activities, preparing them for future employment and real life experiences. The following courses are offered throughout the year and run in 10-week intervals:

• Building repair and maintenance
• Visual arts
• Movie production
• Technology
• Performing arts
• Culinary arts

Clinical Services

At Stevens, we feel that the problems and needs of specialized populations require separate and distinct curriculums and treatment approaches that address both the treatment needs and the safety of youth. Specialization provides an intensive, consistent and concentrated approach, improving the quality of treatment, reducing the length of stay, and creating a physically and emotionally safe environment.

How the Program Works

The treatment approach is designed on a Continuum of Care that includes movement through three levels of treatment:

• Intensive staff-secure treatment, the most structured level, focuses on stabilizing out-of-control emotions or behaviors.
• Intermediate staff-secure treatment, the focus is on developing the skills necessary to be more responsible and in control of emotions and behaviors.
• Transitional living, the least restrictive level, where after acquiring the skills necessary to appropriately manage emotions and behaviors, a youth can progress into this community setting.

Clinical services are provided by masters level clinicians who conduct clinical services for youth. Therapy is generally cognitive in nature, but can be adjusted to meet the functional needs of the youth.

Following an initial assessment, therapy focuses on problem areas, with the setting of goals and tasks which are evaluated on a weekly basis. Therapy also includes an identification of the clients unique strengths, and the design of the treatment approach builds on these strengths. Clinicians monitor the progress of each goal and provide regular feedback to the youth on their ability to resolve problematic behaviors.

Individual Therapy

Individual therapy focuses on helping the youth understand the root of their problematic behaviors and then working to resolve these underlying issues using a variety of techniques:

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy • Evidence-Based Treatment
• Relapse Prevention Techniques • Social Skills Development
• Empathy Development • Self-Esteem Building
• Anger Management including anger logs, and journals to help residents identify patterns of negative behavior and ultimately to interrupt these patterns. • Understanding the Cycle of Inappropriate Behavior

Group Therapy is a critical part of our program. The following groups are offered:

• Survivors Group • Process Group
• Relapse Prevention Group • Transition Group
• Sexual Abuser Treatment Group • Social Skills Group
• Appreciating Diversity Group • Empathy Development Group
• Human Sexuality Group • Anger Management
• Substance Abuse Prevention Group • Fire Safety Groups

Family Therapy

Family support and involvement can be an effective motivator making family therapy an important part of treatment. The family is assisted in examining existing family dynamics and strengthening healthy functioning. Sessions begin with a family assessment followed by the development of a family therapy contract. Family sessions generally take place bi-weekly. A parent education workshop is offered to families of sexual abusers and fire setters.

Other Services

Medication consultations and psychiatric evaluations are provided by our consulting psychiatrist. Psychological testing and evaluations are available through a consulting psychologist. Treatment plan reviews are conducted on a quarterly basis.

Medical services are provided on campus by a registered school nurse. Services obtained from community health care providers are also coordinated by the nurse.

Stevens is situated on 26 acres in a spacious, scenic country setting surrounded by historic buildings, a pond, fields and walking paths. The grounds are private and secluded providing a peaceful, quiet setting. The campus is located in southeastern Massachusetts, in historic Swansea village.


Peter Hallock, President
Pamela F. Kirkpatrick, Vice President
Richard K. Gunther, Treasurer
Pamela Prescott, Assistant Treasurer
William H. LaPointe, Clerk
Donald Friar
Michael P. Griffin
Ransom Griffin
Virginia Hadley
Whitney E. Horton
Elizabeth S. Sanford
James I. Smith
William Underwood, Jr.
Thomas M. Walker

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