Why Choose the Forge

Premier, Short-Term, Residential Treatment for Teen Boys

The need for sophisticated mental health treatment is disproportionate to the access for many families, Embark at The Forge is working with insurance companies to provide 30-90 days of residential treatment and assessment measures such as substance abuse screening, psychological evaluation, family systems assessment, and a psychiatric medication review that will be handed off to your local providers for continued attuned treatment.  With a foundation in the CASA model and utilizing a family-systems approach, we will work alongside your family to clearly identify the roots of what is driving his unhealthy behavior.


It has become clear that teen boys cannot thrive in today's environment that is dominated by technology, neurotoxic food, and an often sedentary lifestyle.  Ensuring the short-term safety of your son, while gaining traction for his long-term health, is the goal of our program.  We use the healing power of the outdoors to create room for your son to reconnect with his body and emotions, while fueling him with nutrition that reduces inflammation and helps his brain integrate the therapeutic work he will do.  Daily functional fitness and adventure therapy engage the hands-on, tactile nature of your son so that he internalizes training which builds confidence and self-esteem.  In-depth clinical assessment helps us create an environment for your son and family to stabilize, reset, and confidently move forward on his treatment journey with a clear understanding of the strengths and challenges at play.


Embark at The Forge was created as a response to the scarcity of specialized treatment centers for teen boys who reside in the East Coast and the Midwestern United States. Geographic proximity has been a request made by parents and referral sources for years. In addition, parents and therapists frequently request gender-specific programs for males which are more clinically focused and specialized to match the active pursuits of boys. Embark at The Forge has been created to meet the unique neurobiological needs of such boys.




Dynamic and Effective Education

We focus on building personal relationships with the young men who reside at our facility through acceptance and attuning on a continual basis. We believe that boys work best when a mentor establishes trust, and our programming offers many opportunities each day to build on that trust. Every day your son will be exposed to dynamic and engaging academics and outdoor events with a variety of sensory experiences that will keep his wandering brain engaged and entertained. In the afternoon, our clinical therapy and milieu programming focuses on relational activities, team building and the opportunity to co-regulate with the other students and the evening will bring opportunities for mindfulness and self-reflection.

Maverick Thinkers Become Future Leaders

“Boys must find ways to compete and see themselves as performing well. If they do not, if society does not provide them with these opportunities, they will compete against society itself, abusing their community and themselves.”


“The boy and the man must be raised to see the possibility of self-worth, then meet a few others who provide the vision of the road toward it, then spend a lifetime pursuing that worth through action and relationship. One of the great tragedies in human life is to be born male and not be guided towards the value of a man.” Dr. Michael Gurian


Here at Embark at The Forge, we meet our students right where they are, and we walk side by side with them as they pave their path towards manhood.