Program Services

Arlington House provides short-term emergency shelter care for youth 11 through 17 years old. Adolescents in our care are in crisis and need a safe and secure environment. The shelter's therapeutic program encourages individuals to identify challenges in their lives and prepare for further placement. Each child is assigned two primary counselors responsible for helping work on goals, advocating for the youth and staying abreast of the child's emotional and behavioral concerns. Therapeutic intervention is offered in three areas:

Counseling Services Counseling helps individuals deal with issues that include anger management and reduction, grief and loss and development of healthier coping skills. We also help reunify families by improving their communications in addition to developing family rules and appropriate boundaries to ease a successful transition back home.

Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) Arlington House has incorporated SPARCS into our therapeutic groups. SPARCS aims to set in motion adolescents’ ability to make better choices for their lives. The group helps clients identify those elements that give their lives purpose and meaning, cultivate healthy relationships and spur on healing. The Arlington House Social Worker and Program Director provide a 16-session group that is offered to past clients. SPARCS – Skills Training, a condensed version of the 16-session group, is offered to current clients. This 5-session group introduces key concepts to teach methods to improve functioning (i.e. mindfulness, distress tolerance, social skill building and problem solving).

In Touch Again brings together theory and practice, working with children and families who are affected by trauma, loss and other family disruptions.

Individualized programming for every child is provided:

  • Medical assessment within 24 hours
  • A highly standardized daily routine
  • Positive reward level system
  • Goal setting
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Participation in therapeutic groups
  • Promotion of emotional and physical self care
  • Year-round educational activities
  • Encouragement and coordination of family visits
Referral Process

Referrals are accepted from County Social Services Departments, Community Corrections and Law Enforcement agencies.

Although the majority of our clients are from the Ramsey County area, several bed spaces are available for other Minnesota counties.

Intake services are available
24 hours a day,
7 days a week.

Referrals can be made by Calling 651-771-7504 or 651-774-3701.

A child care counselor will assist you.


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