Our Student Profile at La Europa Academy

La Europa provides clinically sophisticated treatment for a number of challenges girls ages 14 through 18 may be facing (see below). But we also cater to a certain type of student. In general, the La Europa girl is often wonderful and capable, but deeply hurting, truly believing "I'm not good enough." She has experience with art as a method of self-soothing, a source for expression or entertainment and an area of strength for her. This does not mean that she has to be extremely talented or proficient at any particular means of expression, merely that she enjoys participating in artistic pursuits. We will use her natural expressive strengths and interests to help her heal.

The typical La Europa student has lost herself in the challenges of adolescence. She may have experienced the joys of contributing to a family, but is no longer able to access this as a source of strength or comfort. In fact, she may currently be creating significant stress for the family. A La Europa girl may be able to point to a specific event which caused her to lose herself and her direction. Or she may have had challenges throughout her life that have become more significant with the demands of adolescent development. Many of our girls feel like they are "not enough": not smart enough, pretty enough, slender enough, confident enough or significant enough to be accepted. They often seek relief from feelings by using alcohol or drugs, dieting and/ or obsessive exercising, engaging in high risk sexual behavior, self-harming behaviors or other increasingly risky behaviors. Sometimes our student is attempting to manage overwhelming panic and anxiety resulting in progressive withdrawal from life situations. The typical La Europa girl is imploding - internalizing negative feelings and beliefs and making desperate attempts at coping.

Here are some examples of the conditions affecting the girls we work with:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Complex Addiction Issues
  • Self-Harming Behaviors
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Distortion
  • Personality Disorder Features
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Panic Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Sexual Reactivity (High Risk Sexual Behavior)
  • Adoption Issues
  • Attachment Disorders

Our strength-based program is anchored into every aspect of our daily schedule with a focus on developing resiliency. La Europa activities are designed to promote engagement and stimulate learning. We teach and reinforce the incorporation of new skills and strategies within a progressive experience of an expanding self-concept. Promotion through the program is determined with each girl's unique abilities in mind, moving from self-limiting behavior toward the realization of her competencies within a sustainable productive approach toward living. 

La Europa Academy accepts students for enrollment who are ages 14 to 17 years of age.  There are some students who will turn 18 during their stay at La Europa.  Students who become 18 while at La Europa Academy follow certain guidelines in their interaction with minor students and have their own separate living space.