The Linden School's Gardner & Vista Houses are community-based residential treatment centers - each accommodating 6 adolescent children between the ages of 9 - 18 years-old facing a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges. These uniquely structured, "home-like" facilities are centrally located in the heart of Los Angeles' beautiful Fairfax District.
Our uniquely structured, "home-like" Residential Treatment Centers are centrally located in the heart of Los Angeles' beautiful Fairfax District. The Linden School’s Gardner & Vista Houses are community-based residences each accommodating 6 adolescent children between the ages of 9 - 18 years-old facing a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges.
Each Residential Treatment Center is a single family home on a quiet residential street designed to mimic a regular home setting. Both centers are located steps from picturesque Pan Pacific Park & Recreational Facility, the Fairfax Branch Public Library and many other popular city landmarks including the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market, The Grove outdoor shopping pavilion, CBS Television City, the historic Miracle Mile district, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Residential Program utilizes the proven approach of using a non-institutional environment to dramatically improve the therapeutic success and minimize the disruptiveness of treatment. Proudly, this approach sets The Linden Center apart from larger institutionally-based facilities and maximizes each child's treatment success, reducing the future transitional difficulties experienced by children making program changes or leaving the treatment setting to return to their home. 

Each home is staffed with a Residential Supervisor, Family Therapist, and 5 Childcare Counselors; all possessing higher education degrees in a range of disciplines. The staff-child ratio is 1:2 with the Residential Supervisor present during peak hours and on-call around the clock. Uniquely incorporated in the Linden School’s Residential Program, the Department of Mental Health Director and Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist, Ronald E. Ricker, M.D., is available 24 hours a day.

How it works

The Residential Program seamlessly integrates the vital components of residential treatment with The Linden School classroom, on-going family participation, and community involvement.

For residents of the Gardner and Vista Houses, performances within the educational and therapeutic settings are continuously evaluated on a daily basis providing consistent and highly effective application of therapeutic intervention to benefit each child to her fullest potential. As opposed to similar treatment facilities which function separately, The Linden School operates using a unified treatment approach to eliminate inconsistencies and ensure an invariable high-quality of support services. This extra element of continual care is essential for children requiring emotional and/or behavioral management beyond those offered in a typical outpatient setting and desiring to receive the maximum benefit of treatment.
The residential treatment programs mantains four primary target goals:

1) to increase each child’s awareness and development of her own social, emotional and educational issues

2) to encourage adaptive and constructive coping patterns that increase the child’s self-esteem

3) to improve interpersonal relationships

4) to learn to resolve conflicts.
High behavioral standards are set with immediate and clearly established reinforcements and consequences utilizing structure, predictability, and consistency. Staff evaluates each child daily on a variety of behavioral areas, each with specific subcategories.

Linden School residential treatment addresses skills and activities that a child would normally encounter at home. All children perform daily chores in order to foster a sense of community and teach personal responsibility as well as respect for their environment. When applicable, residents are assisted with strengthening a multitude of independent living proficiencies through the Linden School Transitional Skills Program.

Many techniques identified include job application, grocery shopping, using public transportation, budgeting money, setting educational goals, and establishing a consistent routine. Utilizing opportunities provided by the Transitional Skills Program , children in the Residential Program have the benefit of daily support and assistance from residential staff to help them set and reach individualized target goals.

Psychiatric and Psychotherapy Treatment

Psychiatric and psychotherapeutic treatment is a cornerstone of The Linden School program. To be selected as a therapist at The Linden School requires experience and expert performance in the treatment of children and adolescents. Medication, when needed, can be prescribed by the Linden Center Director, Ronald E. Ricker, M.D. As a physician, psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst, his expertise has been central in The Linden School’s treatment of over 3,600 emotionally, behaviorally and educationally challenged children.

Individual psychotherapy is provided by one of The Linden School’s therapists. Family therapy sessions are conducted weekly. Family participation and involvement are crucial in the successful treatment of each child. Parental support for and cooperation with the various components of The Linden School treatment program is essential.

Each child participates in formal and informal group therapy one or more times each week. These sessions are conducted by social workers, teachers, and counselors who are highly experienced and intimately aware of each adolescent’s individual needs.

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