The Roanne Difference

Program Length • BPD Treatment for Men • Location • Diagnosis and 17-Year-Olds

”It is important to see that troubled lives are turned around
and individuals are put on a path of healing
in an environment that provides appropriate support….
It is essential to identify recovery facilities that orchestrate the right mix
of self-compassion and evidence-based treatment-facilities
that can muster the appropriate diagnostic and treatment resources…” 

Psychology Today Feb. 2012
Introduction to BEST IN TREATMENT Guide

Psychology Today, The Roanne Program Borderline Personality Disorder BPD

Roanne Program Length: Timing is Everything
“For many, the best approach is
to spend an intense period of time in a healing community.”

(Psychology Today Feb. 2012)

Roanne: Program Length

Why 30-Days?

Our objective is to help young adults get sufficient “traction” in their lives so they can re-engage in “real world experiences” with a minimum of emotional distraction.

Phase I:

It has been our experience that, for many, 30 days seems to be a reasonable and efficient period of time for them (in Phase I, Immersion Phase) to learn or re-learn the all-important Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness skills that will help them mobilize, find direction and learn to persevere.

This is true especially at Roanne where staffing ratio is 1:2, each participant has his/her own therapist/case manager and the program is highly individualized and tailored to meet their specific needs.

Phase II:

After Phase I, 30 days also can be a reasonable length of time for some participants to begin engaging in real-life experiences (under the careful direction and supervision of Roanne staff). Participants may choose to engage on one or more Phase II (Transitional) Phases, working with the Heads of our Departments of Education, Career, Volunteer and Extracurricular Activities to begin or set a career goal. They can start college or get a job or start to volunteer while working with their individual therapist/case manager.

After completing one or more Transitional Phases, they may decide to engage in our “Continuing Care Options”, remaining at Roanne and engage in selected program options. Or they may return to home or school and continue seeing their Roanne therapist in sessions arranged through Skype.

Roanne: Treating Men with BPD

The Roanne Program - Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Treatment for MenThe Roanne Program is one of the few residential programs in the world specializing in the treatment of young men ages 17-28 with Borderline Traits, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and co-occurring conditions.

In the Roanne Program we treat both young adult men and young women with borderline personality disorder. We have found that our participants can benefit the most from skills acquisition and rehearsal in a coeducational environment which emulates real life.

However, though our treatment occurs in a coeducational setting, the residential facilities are separated by gender. Read more.

Roanne: Location, Location, Location

There are significant benefits to Roanne’s strategically planned location.

The majority of young adults who come here say they eventually want to live in a metropolitan area with its diverse and complex cultural experiences.

Therefore, we believe their highest probability for success lies in their ability to learn how to regulate emotions and deal with anxieties about past failures and fears of the future while actually living in a metropolitan area that is replete with all its advantages and challenges.

They must continue to have all the supervision and guidance they need.

Our Apartments in Woodland Hills, CA, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, are fully staffed with DBT trained Independen Living Specialists. Participants continue to work with their individual therapist/case manager. With this kind of assistance coupled with help from our entire OPI “Village”, Roanne participants learn to make decisions, persevere at them and NOT be “de-railed” by the difficulties with emotion regulation that have plagued them in the past.

The Roanne Village provides the optimum setting for participants to reinforce and internalize new techniques that allow them to pursue their passions and follow their dreams.

Roanne: Diagnosis and 17-Year-Olds

It has been our experience that the earlier the intervention, the better the outcome.

Perhaps one of the most complex and difficult transitions we undergo takes place within the 17-18-year-old period. It is an extremely difficult and important time.

Young adults are faced with difficult decisions: Completing high school, moving to college or work, trying to establish healthy peer or mentoring relationships. This is most relevant for those who seem to be demonstrating Borderline Traits.

We believe it is essential that these young adults described as having Borderline Traits or Borderline Disorder and co-occurring conditions receive the help they need. Only in this way can they get a “jump-start” on learning to set and reach goals, explore their unique abilities and start believing in a life worth living.

At Roanne, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness techniques are combined with techniques for individuation perfected over time at the Optimum Performance Institute. Together they mobilize young adults to find direction, balance and greater responsibility for their lives.

The sooner one is able to intervene, the higher the probability of a successful outcome.