Therapeutic college alternatives for traumatized HS senior?
The good news is that our bright high school senior has gotten accepted by several of her top choice colleges; UC’s and CSU’s. The problem is that while she is mature and academically ready for college, she is suffering from PTSD, depression and severe anxiety stemming from childhood trauma with her birth family and then later in foster care. She is also exhibiting risky behaviors currently, including drinking to the point of blacking out at times. Both her therapist and her psychiatrist feel that she is not ready for the unsupervised college setting, as well as the accompanying parties, drinking and social pressures.
However while she is also anxious about going away to college she definitely does not want to live at home for two more years and attend the local community college. She is chomping at the bit for more independence. But we believe there is a risk that if we do not allow her to go away to college (i.e. pay for it), she will rebel by going to live with her birth family, who are meth addicts and currently homeless.
Does anyone know of any programs where she could go away and live in a dorm type setting, earn college credits, feel independent, but receive the therapy and professional support she desperately needs to become stronger and more stable? We searched looked online, but the supportive gap/pre-college programs seem to be targeted to students with ADHD, autism, or learning differences. Our daughter is an extremely capable student, but emotionally fragile. Also, none of the colleges she applied to allow applicants to defer admission, so she either has to reapply as a freshman next year, or as a junior transfer in two years. Ideally the program would be in California.