Our group home for girls, Pathways, is licensed for nine residents, and our boys group home, Gateway, is licensed for six. We accept boys and girls from ten to twenty-one years of age. The youth are sent through Department of Child Services and in many cases have been taken away from their families because of abuse, neglect, and many various reasons. The youth we house have at least borderline intellectual functioning (IQ above 70). Youth with a psychiatric diagnosis, such as Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, or a Personality Disorder will be accepted. Status offenders with histories of truancy or running away will be accepted. Our program is also appropriate as a step-down program for youth who are leaving a more restrictive placement.
We provide services for youth who need a structured setting in which to develop social skills, respect for authority, self-control, and problem-solving skills. Our program is also appropriate for youth with histories of running away, truancy, substance abuse, family stress, and dysfunction.
Goals of the Program
- Teach pro-social skills and other age-appropriate behavior
- Improve self-esteem, self-worth, and self-image
- Improve interpersonal relationships
- Teach healthy ways of living
- Anger Management
- Reduce or eliminate problematic behavior
- Develop coping skills and increase emotion regulation
- Teach the skills necessary to live independently
- Improve school attendance and academic performance
- Improve familial relationships or facilitate reunion
- Teach personal responsibility
DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills training) combines cognitive and behavioral therapy, incorporating methodologies from various practices, including Eastern mindfulness techniques. DBT skills group is done with all residents in the program on a weekly basis. Residents learn and have the opportunity to practice various coping skills to help them be more successful in handling intense emotions, to build healthy relationships, keep their self-respect, keep themselves safe, and improve healthy decision making.
Therapy with a licensed, clinical social worker is a focus of this program. All residents attend group therapy for one hour each week, and each individual resident receives at least one hour per week of one-on-one therapy.