Individualized counseling and group sessions will be provided to students.  Students will be placed in small focus groups that address their individual needs.  Social skills group meetings will also be developed to help students learn to manage their own emotions and behaviors in various social situations.  Commitment to attend weekly family counseling sessions and parenting classes will be required for parents/guardians upon private family admission.  Specific support group meetings will also be available for parents to share strategies and provide support for the emotional stress often experienced in child rearing.

Therapeutic models that will be utilized:                                                                                              Therapies – Consultant status:
-Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)                                                                                                    -Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)                                                                                                      -Play Therapy
-Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
-Narrative Therapy

Transitional and independence goals will be developed for older youth. Life skills and activities will provide older youth with experiences to prepare for an independent adulthood. Focus areas included: finances, self-advocacy, health care, household maintenance and childcare.

A successful transition into the real world is critical for these children and teens.  Although we strive to give our children the time, space, and support to heal and grow, we also know we must prepare them for the real world which is fast-paced and not as supportive.  Each child will have a transition plan to help them prepare in advance and to create a “bridge” with parents and teachers in their real world.  There will also be follow-up calls and contact with family, school personnel and the children to support their successful transition.