The Forge Is a Specialized Residential Treatment Center for Teen Boys Ages 14-17


We understand this time can be extraordinarily difficult and we are here to help you in every way through this process with empathy and patience. The Forge staff will take the time to walk you through a day in the life for your son, and will provide comprehensive information about our clinical model, instructors, academics, nutritional health, the milieu and adventure programming.


We will answer any questions you may have and provide the assistance required to help you and your family get exactly what you need. The Forge School’s admissions process is conducted by staff trained to conduct initial assessments. You are in great hands.


Your Campus

Parents and legal guardians are integral members of our treatment plan here at the Forge School and your involvement is vital. Once enrolled, collaboration and communication is a constant flow of information between all parties involved.


We encourage at least one if not both parents to start their involvement early by touring our campus as part of the admissions process. This will allow an opportunity to meet our leadership team, view the campus and facility and gather a feel for a day in the life of your loved one.

COVID-19 Considerations | Virtual Tours

We realize that Covid-19 has changed the landscape of the admissions process and travel is sometimes not possible.


For your convenience and for precautionary measures for the health and safety of everyone, we will gladly set up Virtual Tours of the campus as well as Zoom calls.


Acceptance Process

We welcome you to call 866-471-2755 or email us at for personal assistance. You may also start the acceptance process by applying here:

The application process requires gathering information so that we are able to assess your child’s needs.

Is Your Son Right for The Forge School?

The Forge School serves 14-17-year-old young men impacted by developmental trauma, adoption, divorce or other family conflicts. The Forge School works with these boys and their family system to utilize an immersive Adventure Therapy program to focus and engage their boundless energy, rigorous Academics to challenge their minds and sophisticated Clinical work focused on facilitating the journey towards healthy manhood.


Behaviors you may see from a student who would thrive in the Forge School are:

Behavioral Presentation

Low self-esteem



Poor hygiene

Addictive behaviors

School refusal

Academic decline

Aggression / Anger

Oppositional behaviors

Poor impulse control

Common Diagnoses


Attachment Insecurity (DSED)



Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)

Why choose Short Term Residential Treatment at The Forge School?

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 Intrepid program. Our program uses 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.


The need for sophisticated mental health treatment is disproportionate to the access for many families, so the Forge School, supported by Embark Behavioral Health, is working with insurance companies to provide 4-8 weeks of residential treatment and assessment measures such as substance abuse screening, psychological/educational evaluation, family systems assessment, and a psychiatric medication review that will be handed off to your local providers for continued attuned treatment. Utilizing the CASA model in individual and family sessions, we will work alongside your family to clearly identify the roots of whatever drives his unhealthy behavior.

Intrepid Path

Insurance funded

Room with other Intrepid students

5 hours of group therapy weekly

1 hr individual/ 1 hr family therapy weekly

Academic assessment and credit recovery

Daily Functional Fitness

Adventure Therapy activities weekly

The Forge School works with these young men and their family system to discover the sources of dysregulation, develop healthy relationships, and create experiences of personal growth and co-regulation. Ultimately this journey leads to an improved sense of self, expanded use of positive coping skills, improved family functioning and increased physical and emotional safety.