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Midwest Center for Youth & Families offers a full-immersion residential Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program for youth. We work with males 12-18 and females 10-18 who struggle with emotional, behavioral and mental health challenges. Since 1997, we have provided high-quality care to patients from across the country in our locked and therapeutic facility.
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Residential Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Learn more about the residential full-immersion DBT program at the Midwest Center for Youth & Families.

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Admissions and Referrals

For more information, or to make a referral, contact us. Our Intake Clinicians are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST.

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Our Outcomes

We continually improve our treatment outcomes for youth and their families. As a result, 95 percent of our residents’ parents say they would recommend our program.

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We provide comprehensive residential treatment for military-connected youth who experience pervasive emotional, behavioral or psychiatric challenges.

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We understand that families and providers seeking treatment alternatives have lots of questions. Get answers to some of our most frequently asked questions here.

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Family Resources

Our unique short-term residential DBT program draws referrals from across the United States. Find resources to help you plan your trip for treatment, visitation or family therapy.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based treatment that teaches youth the skills they need to effectively navigate the journey of life through DBT skill sets such as mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness. Midwest Center for Youth & Families’ short-term residential full-immersion DBT Treatment Program treats children and adolescents in a supportive therapeutic environment. We complete a comprehensive emotional, physical, intellectual, social and psychiatric needs assessment and evaluation for each individual who comes into our program. After admission, DBT-trained staff will work with your child every day to teach, coach and give feedback on their progress to help ensure that they achieve their treatment goals.

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Our curriculum is designed to help parents learn how DBT adapts to real-life situations, and empowers parents to learn and understand how DBT targets their child’s issues. While DBT may initially sound like a foreign language to parents, our six-week curriculum helps parents learn about the six different levels of validation, and teaches the importance of getting children to open up and communicate without becoming defensive. This helps parents build a trusting environment in which parents and children can better communicate, and replace negative behaviors with positive thoughts and coping skills.

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Midwest Academy is our on-grounds, freeway-accredited school. Our DBT-trained and licensed educators offer a structured, individualized educational setting that allows students to appropriately express their thoughts and feelings. Our teachers maintain Indiana state licensing requirements, and receive training in DBT. Their philosophy is to establish a supportive classroom environment where students are encouraged to take risks, evaluate their own work and monitor their choices. We also work to prepare students to successfully return to their home schools, and to increase their academic aptitude. Before discharge from our program, our educators will develop an educational plan for your child’s future.

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Patient Stories

Patient Satisfaction

4.37 / 5
I was treated with dignity and respect
4.75 / 5
I feel better now than when I was admitted
4.58 / 5
Overall I was very satisfied with my treatment

* Data based on patients surveyed between July-December 2023.

Midwest Center for Youth & Families

Midwest Center for Youth & Families, 1012 W Indiana St, Kouts, IN 46347, USAContact Us
Toll-Free Phone 888-629-3471

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