Ironwood Resident Profile

The adolescents at Ironwood have a lot of potential and opportunities but are underachieving due to social and emotional challenges. They have demonstrated a lack of control and have a pattern of taking risks and making unhealthy choices. Most suffer from low self-esteem and lack awareness about the gravity of their choices and how they impact their lives and others.

Their families love and support them, but they recognize that they need a higher level of care than they can provide alone. Families have typically engaged in other options such as school-based interventions, outpatient therapy, in-home interventions, alternative schools, or short-term programs such as wilderness therapy, and are in need of additional treatment.

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Teens at Ironwood benefit from a highly structured and supervised environment that cultivates the development of respect, responsibility, accountability, and collaboration. They need the opportunity to heal and reconnect with themselves and their families through intensive tailored individual and family therapy. Academically they thrive in nontraditional, low-stimulus classrooms with customized curricula and individualized instruction.

Ironwood’s three interconnected programs – Frye, Farmhouse, and Lakehouse – provide a continuum of care that meets students where they are. As a result, it means fewer transitions for residents and families and effective, long-lasting outcomes. 

Common diagnoses, behaviors, and challenges usually include a combination of the following:


  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Emerging Personality Disorders 
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 
  • Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) 


  • Unhealthy risk-taking 
  • Disrespectful and defiant 
  • Impulsive decision making 
  • Easily influenced by peers
  • Disruptive behaviors
  • Technology addiction 
  • History of self-harm
  • History of suicidal ideation
  • Substance Use (nicotine, marijuana, alcohol) 


  • Capable but underachieving academically 
  • Average/Above average intelligence
  • Poor executive functioning skills
  • Poor decision making
  • Social/Emotional IEP Goals 


  • Unhealthy relationships and conflict with family 
  • Unhealthy relationships and conflict with peers 
  • Social isolation tendencies
  • Poor conflict resolution skills
  • Poor emotional regulation skills
  • Poor social skills 
  • Low self-esteem

Please note that Ironwood does not have the capacity to treat adolescents with the following histories:

  • Psychotic disorders
  • Active eating disorders 
  • Significant substance abuse history
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Medical instability
  • History of animal abuse
  • History of sexual assault 
  • History of violence 
  • History of arson