Stetson School

“The mission of Stetson School is to support youth and families and help them to form healthy and secure family connections, overcome adversity and traumatic experiences, build social competency, and develop emotional and behavioral self-regulation skills.” 

– Stetson School Mission Statement

Founded in 1899 in Barre, Massachusetts, Stetson School is a nationally accredited, fully licensed, Chapter766-approved Residential and Education Treatment Program for young men, ages 9-22, who have problematic behaviors, sexually reactive behaviors, complex developmental difficulties, chronic mental illness, and other behavioral issues. Stetson is an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation and specializes in flexible, family-driven treatment, safety, stabilization, and assessment for young men who have suffered from severe trauma, have histories of physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, and who may have had disrupted living arrangements or placements.

Stetson provides regular education and special education students with individualized educational and experiential opportunities to prepare for success in their communities. Remedial reading services are provided by a Literacy/Assessment Coordinator. Student-faculty ratios are low, with each classroom containing approximately 10 students with a licensed teacher and classroom aides.

The campus life at Stetson is active and versatile. Activities are structured to teach positive social skills in a safe and pleasant environment. Rehabilitation, vocational and transitional services prepare young men for full community integration. On-site specialists and job coaches provide transition opportunities for youth, ages 14-22. These supports include: career exploration; vocational mini-courses;  service learning; job shadowing; job training; school to work; and post-graduate opportunities.

Treatment at Stetson is youth-guided and family-focused. Individualized plans are developed according to strengths and focal needs. Stetson offers many treatment services, including: psychosocial-psychosexual assessment; Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and plans; individual, group, and family therapy; victim clarification; case management; psychopharmacology, and psychological testing.

Family-centered services maintain the safety and well-being of all family members, and provide strength-based and culturally sensitive services with the goal of supporting family stability, successful reunification and permanency. Stetson promotes family participation in the treatment process and provides counseling and psychoeducation to families. Stetson works with families to develop reunification plans when warranted and actively seeks input from parents and communicate regularly. Daily phone contact with parents is encourage. Case managers and clinicians contact parents weekly. If families run into transportation issues, Stetson is happy to step in to help. International youth are welcome.

To learn more about our supports or to make a confidential inquiry, contact Admissions at 978.355.4541 x104 or email

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