ActiveParentingOur twelve-month residential programs serve children and adolescents ages 6 to 22 years old. Our work is based on the validated empirical research of developmental psychology, social learning, and trauma-informed care.  Perkins bases its work on the tenets of social skills development, emotion regulation, and collaborative problem-solving.

We focus on teaching the essential strategies that children and adolescents will need in order to leave Perkins and live successfully in a family setting or in the community. Our diagnostic, assessment, and treatment plans, as well as discharge goals, are tailored to the specific needs of the child and family.


Our Clinical Services are provided by Master-level certified clinicians. Clinicians are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, collaborative problem solving, and narrative therapy.  Treatment choices are grounded in validated evidence based practices. Modalities include:

  • Individual and Group Psychotherapy
  • Social Pragmatics Groups
  • Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Equine TherapyPsychological and Psychiatric

Psychological and psychiatric services are provided on-site weekly.  Treatment can include psychological testing and evaluation, psychiatric assessment, medication evaluation, medication management, and 24-hour on-call consultation.  Our psychologist and psychiatrists are available to meet with families and attend treatment team meetings and conferences.

Collaboration with Families

Parents are a vital resource, and we seek their partnership to participate in treatment planning and decisions. We respect that families are diverse in their economic, ethnic, cultural, and religious experiences, and traditions.

Each family has a Perkins clinician to work with them and their child over the course of treatment.  The clinician collaborates with the family through:

  • Regular family therapy
  • Weekly communication
  • Evaluation of transportation needs to attend family therapy and for home visits
  • Regular review and discussion of home visits
  • Review of progress of the treatment goals
  • Attendance at program and agency social events
  • Transition case management to ensure successful discharge planning and coordination of after-care services


Health Care

Each residential program has a Registered Nurse who coordinates the regular observation and evaluation of each resident to ensure proper health, medication management, and required well health checkups, immunizations, and vaccinations. Each nurse also serves as a link between medical issues in the program and communication with the family.

Families may choose to maintain management of their children’s medical and dental needs or have Perkins coordinate such services.  Perkins can coordinate the following services which are then billed to the appropriate third-party insurance:

  • Annual Physicals, Immunizations, Vaccinations, Sick Child Visits with our Consulting Family Practice Physician
  • On-site Laboratory Services
  • Pharmacy Delivery Services
  • Annual vision and hearing screening
  • Dental examination and dental treatment at the dental clinic at Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center.

Social and Recreational

Perkins soccer team is one of our most popular on campus.

Our recreational and social programs utilize a wide range of activities and techniques to improve the physical, emotional, social, and leisure needs of the children and adolescents we serve. We focus on assisting our clients to develop skills, knowledge, and behaviors that restore their sense of self and improve their functioning and independence. We regularly review and expand our program to ensure that we meet individual needs and interests.

The comprehensive program we offer supports children and adolescents in gaining key skills in the areas of self-confidence, communication, trust, and cooperation skills. From a mental health perspective children who participate in the programs also experience increased skills in managing anxiety, and boredom, a decrease in social isolation, and better life satisfaction.

At the core of the diverse range of social and recreational programs offered is woven the concept of personal, emotional, and physical healthy living. Our Therapeutic Horsemanship Program and Care and Nurturing Small Animal Program were specially designed to help children with significant complex trauma histories.

Our Social and Recreational Programs include:

  • Therapeutic Horsemanship Program
  • Care and Nurturing Small Animal Program
  • Mini-bike Program
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Hobby Groups
  • Culinary Cooking
  • Dances and Socials
  • Cultural Events and Trips