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The Alice C. Tyler Village of Childhelp

The Village is a private, nonprofit, psychiatric residential treatment facility located in rural Virginia.

Welcome to the Village

The Village is a private, nonprofit, psychiatric residential treatment facility located in rural Virginia. The Village provides a clinically sophisticated therapeutic program utilizing an interdisciplinary approach specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents with mild to severe trauma or neglect, psychiatric disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

The Village brings the light of love and healing into the lives of countless abused and neglected children, and those suffering from psychiatric and behavioral disorders.

Our unique location on a 270-acre horse farm provides a nurturing treatment setting with a variety of therapy resources. Children live in separate home-like cottages based on age and gender.

We take a holistic approach to serving children. In addition to meeting their physical, emotional and educational needs, we also see to address the spiritual needs. With a full-time Chaplain on staff, regular, voluntary non-denominational services and literature are available as well as the use of nature through gardening, animal care and nature study. Each child has daily opportunities to pursue a variety of recreational activities: horseback riding, community outings, hiking and biking trails, rope courses, team sports, swimming, and a children’s choir.

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The Village Programs

Equine Therapy

Equine Therapy

Many of the benefits of equine therapy are: building confidence, self-efficacy, self-concept, communication, trust; as well as perspective, decreased isolation, self-acceptance, impulse control, social skills, and boundaries.

Art Therapy

Art Therapy

Art therapy, guided by an art therapist, involves using art to explore emotions, address conflicts, boost self-awareness, manage behavior, enhance social skills, and improve overall mental well-being.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy

Music interventions are used at Childhelp to facilitate emotional awareness, frustration tolerance, self reflection, stress reduction, increases in self-esteem and self-confidence and to practice positive social interaction.



Healing from trauma involves finding meaning, hope, and beauty in life. At the Village, we address children’s spiritual needs through three essential engagements.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapy program enhances children’s fine motor, visual motor, coordination, cognitive, and sensory processing skills. This development fosters independence, enabling success in home, school, and community environments.

Residential Program

Residential Program

We care for children facing emotional and behavioral challenges that hinder community success. Through targeted treatment, Childhelp empowers them to overcome obstacles, fostering reintegration into nurturing homes and the community.

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The Village Admissions

Our team members are role models. We provide therapeutic care for boys and girls in crisis. Our Village is the children’s home and is never operated like an institution. We see remarkable results in our children that range from a single smile to lifelong inspiration. We consider all referrals and encourage families to tour the campus and talk with our staff to find out how the Village can help your child.

Funding Criteria

We accept VA, WV, MD, NJ and PA Medicaid. We work with any Title IV child across the East Coast. Childhelp is a Medicaid and TRICARE Provider, and works with most Private Insurance Companies.

Medical Care

Many children have not received adequate medical care during their developmental years. The medical department staffed with experienced nurses 24/7 and led by our full time psychiatrist, will provided that much needed care. Children may begin to feel the love and care essential for proper growth and development. Specialized needs are provided by collaborative sources. Here a child can thrive while receiving high quality healthcare services, proper medication management, and monitoring. Vaccinations are brought up to date for enrollment to school once discharged. We also empower the children with medication education. Obtaining positive competent healthcare are building blocks to create a new paradigm for a healthier future.

Admissions Director: Dominique Leon