Residential Education & Treatment


The Psychiatric Residential Program provides hope and healing to youth and their families in a therapeutically planned living and learning environment. Our goal for the program is to help each PMIC pic 2 wstudent and their family to heal and to build strong relationships with each other. To this end, each child’s treatment is very individualized, and includes individual and family therapy.

Family is essential to treatment, and remains the primary support for the child during treatment through family sessions, phone calls, day passes, and home visits

No child can be in therapy every minute of the day. At children’s Square, we take a very holistic approach to treatment, and promote wellness through sufficient sleep, exercise, nutrition, and structured activities.

Our program is designed around a psycho-educational model of treatment. We believe that the quality of the Child’s total experience is central to effective treatment. This model emphasizes the close relationship between education and psychology. It is not pathology –oriented nor exclusively behavioral, cognitive or effective. All of these things work together.

The Residential Treatment team strives to integrate our youth into the community as often as possible by attending community events and churches. The youth are also encouraged to participate in service learning activities to foster empathy and a sense of belonging in the community.

Students in the Psychiatric Residential Program are placed in school programs appropriate to their needs. There is a school for Behavior Disordered students on our campus, and we collaborate with Council Bluffs Schools and other area schools. When possible PMIC Pic1 wthe student is allowed to attend their home school.


CSUSA uses a blend of staff training and certifications in evidence based practices as well as promising practices to meet the needs of the students we serve. The program operates within a Trauma Informed Care Framework. Additional training includes:

Youth Workers are certified through the Residential Child and Youth Care Professionalism Curriculum offered by the University of Oklahoma. This curriculum focuses on

  • relationship building
  • developing a culture of care
  • teaching discipline
  • and understanding child development.

All program staff are trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention which focuses on deescalating and safely managing crises.

Our staff are trained on the impact of early trauma on the development of the brain, and techniques to use to calm the fight, flight, or freeze responses of traumatized children.

Evidence based therapy approaches used include Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR.


The Psychiatric Residential program is not able to offer emergency  psychiatric treatment.  In order to be admitted there is an application and screening process.  This insures that community based services have been exhausted  before a child is placed in a residential setting.  They also help us to determine if we are the right placement for your child, and if your child is eligible for admission.   These forms can be returned by email, faxed to 712-325-8200, or mailed to:


Attn: Kevin Kimm                                                                                         PMIC Application

Children’s Square U.S.A.                                                                              Return Forms 2016

PO Box 8-C

Council Bluffs, IA 51502

For more information contact to Kevin Kimm, 712-325-5873