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Who We Are
Courtland is an intensive residential treatment program for boys ages 12-18. The program offers two distinct therapeutic services: One provides treatment for boys with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, while the other provides treatment for boys who exhibit maladaptive sexual behavior.

Mailing: P.O. Box 370, Courtland, AL 35618
Phone (256) 637-2199 for general information.

Rose Wiggins, Director of Admissions (256) 656-3986

How We Help
Common Primary Diagnoses

  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Inappropriate sexual behaviors

Treatment at Courtland focuses on the “here and now” issues of an adolescent’s life and helps him to understand proper roles and boundaries.

Our therapeutic community is dedicated to youth who have developed self-defeating and destructive ways of trying to meet their own needs.

The staff members at Courtland employ a cognitive/behavioral model of treatment to try to reverse destructive tendencies and behaviors. Using this model residents learn to identify negative thought processes that fuel repetitive dysfunctional responses to real-life situations.

Motivation and effort to resolve behavioral issues is greatly enhanced by participation in The Positive Peer Culture of the program. In an environment of Positive Peer Culture, peer pressure becomes a positive — rather than negative — force for change. Residents take responsibility for resolving their behavioral issues while offering insight and support to their peers.

In a Positive Peer Culture the question for each new resident is not, “What can I get from the program?” The appropriate question is “What can I contribute to the program?”

Courtland also offers Recreation Therapy for developing and enhancing self-worth, self-esteem and a positive self-image.

The time an adolescent spends at Sequel TSI School in Courtland is traditionally a period of academic gain – this is significant to a child’s overall growth and success.

Residents at Courtland attend a school licensed by the state of Alabama and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Our year-round school provides a sound educational experience for each resident as a part of his individualized treatment plan.

Upon admission each resident takes for the Woodcock-Johnson achievement test in order to evaluate academic assets and deficiencies. Once evaluated each child receives an individualized education plan, thereby increasing his chances for academic success.

Special Education services are also available and follow the strict guidelines set forth by the Alabama State Department of Special Education.

Courtland students earn course credits transferable to their next academic setting. Graduation from Three Springs School is also possible with an opportunity to take the SAT and ACT exams, and the Alabama High School Graduation Exam.

Middle school students participate in statewide testing for the SAT 10 and the Alabama Reading and Math Test (ARMT).

As an alternative to traditional graduation Courtland provides GED instruction and preparation in addition to vocational exploration.

The Importance of Activity
A critical component of both the Behavioral Disorder Track and the Sexual Disorder Track is Activity Therapy. Three Springs of Courtland provides residents with activities to build skills that carry over into the community when rehabilitation is complete. A goal of recreation therapy is to help individual boys gain a more favorable self-concept, sense of accomplishment, trust and feeling of personal worth.

Residents at Courtland have the opportunity to pursue activity-based interests in an environment that encourages them to work toward more challenging experiences. Activities employed to build new skills include a ropes course with climbing wall, therapeutic outings and competitive activities. As residents progress through a treatment stage system involvement in skill-building activities increase.

Courtland promotes the values of social ability, physical exercise, emotional release, spiritual development, pleasure and creative self-expression through our flexible therapeutic recreational program. A program of structured activities, developed by a Recreational Therapist, is adapted to participants and encouraging constructive social relationships, is offered to our residents.

Through careful activity planning, our residents acquire interests that replace undesirable past interests and more readily accept the values and rules of society. The Activity Therapy Department at Courtland teaches the value of good sportsmanship and fair play to all residents.