Six-Boxes Treatment Methodology

Steps to Trauma Recovery through Restorative Justice

Third Way Center’s experienced mental health professionals offer teens a pathway toward healing through our unique Six Boxes© Treatment Methodology. While other organizations focus on changing the behavior of adolescents, Third Way Center focuses on identifying the trauma they have endured in order to create new behavioral patterns. Once enrolled in our Residential Child Care Facilities (RCCF), these teenagers are finally given an opportunity to reconcile the past so they can build better futures for themselves and their future families.

In order to incorporate the Six Boxes into the treatment process, the therapist must collect the information that is the “six bins” or “six categories of knowledge about the client”. This information reveals who the client is as an individual and is vital in the process of seeking justice.

  • Physical
  • Spiritual/Cultural
  • Psychological
  • Family
  • Socioeconomic
  • Developmental

After having collected all necessary client data, explaining the process of the Six Boxes to the client, their family and the entire team devoted to client (i.e. social services, youth corrections, legal representatives, mentors, etc.), as well as the establishment of a strong alliance, the process may begin. The trust established between all parties is one of the most important components of program success.


Breakdown of Method:


Box 1: Bad behaviors are generally a symptom of something that has gone wrong


Box 2: Underlying feelings (sadness, anger, frustration, embarrassment, etc.) fuel behavior


Box 3: Unresolved Issues (abuse, neglect, loss, mental illness, brain injury)

Restorative Justice

Box 4: Individualized process which requires DOING something about the trauma


Box 5: New feelings emerge from the process of obtaining justice


Box 6: As a result, changed behaviors

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