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Our Approach

Waterford Country School is designed for families of children who have social, emotional or behavioral challenges and are seeking another route to personal and academic success. We believe our long agency history of compassionate care for children and partnership with Cornell University, sets us apart. 

CARE Model

Waterford Country School adopted Cornell University’s CARE model in 2009. Our children have had tremendous success with this treatment approach, which applies resources to treat underlying causes of behavioral health problems, rather than implement behavioral consequence. We do not blame children for not thriving- we look for and treat the cause. If your child has struggled in programs designed to shape their behavior to the detriment of education and general involvement, Waterford Country School offers an alternative. Our only goal is to create an environment which fosters positive behavioral change and establishes a pattern of successful experiences. 

Clinical Model

At Waterford Country School, Master’s level therapists lead the children in intensive individual, group and family therapy. We are accredited  by The Council on Accreditation (COA), which partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards. 

Our Clinical team is skilled in treating adolescents of this population with a variety of challenges. Including, but not limited to:

  • Generalized Anxiety

  • Depression 

  • Mood Disorders

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD

  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

  • Eating concerns

  • Personality disorders

  • Social Anxiety disorders

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

  • Conduct Disorder

  • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD)


Established in 1922

Waterford Country School Inc. is a nonprofit agency that has been serving children and families since 1922. As the needs of children in our region have grown, so have our programs. Waterford Country School (WCS) is a multi-faceted, multi-program agency that focuses on “Doing Whatever It Takes” to enrich the lives of children and families through specialized programs, resources and community services. To see the array of programs and services at Waterford Country School, please visit our agency page: waterfordcountryschool.org

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