All residents will attend three hours of individualized schooling on weekdays. Upon admission, the program teacher will contact the resident’s previous school and receive a current curriculum for the resident. Each resident will have a personalized education plan that is created to maintain the resident’s current study curriculum.
Conditioning is a physical fitness program “tailor-made” to the individual’s interests, needs, and limitations. This is centered on five main goals: cardiovascular endurance, muscle endurance, strength, flexibility and relaxation through the release of nervous tension. It is anticipated that each resident will leave the program not only with improved physical fitness and team-recreation skills, but with an understanding of the importance of each. Conditioning is provided 5 times a week for 1 hour and is facilitated by trained program staff under the supervision of the activities consultant who maintains a degree in a related health field.
Nutritional Services are provided under the supervision of a registered dietitian. Nutritional services provide health conscious and calorically appropriate meals and snacks. Meals are appetizing and served family style at scheduled meal times in the facility dining room. When indicated, staff monitors eating patterns. A nutritional assessment is provided for all residents and when appropriate a dietary consultation by a registered dietician is completed. Special diets are available as ordered by the physician. The dietary service works closely with program staff in planning food for special events, evening snacks, and in observing dietary habits of residents.
Like wilderness experiences, equine therapy is an experiential therapeutic process that has shown significant advantages for working with youth. Through interactions with horses, teens learn to identify and recognize feelings and thoughts that may be difficult to access through traditional therapeutic modalities. Residents will then take what they have learned and process these feelings with their counselor and in group if appropriate.
Psychological Services are provided by contracted psychologists who conduct psychological testing on residents upon receipt of a psychological testing referral form. This includes a comprehensive assessment of personality characteristics, intellectual functioning, social adaptability, and screening for organic dysfunction. This assessment includes use of the full range of standardized tests, inventories and questionnaires. Projective techniques are also available to the psychologists as appropriate for the clinical symptoms presented. Information from the psychological assessment is used to assist in the interdisciplinary treatment planning and dis-positional decisions.
Discharge and Aftercare
The discharge plan is a continuing care plan that is developed by the treatment team with input from both the resident and their families prior to the resident leaving the program. It addresses, as appropriate:
- Continuing care needs
- Physical and psychiatric needs
- Twelve step meeting schedule (if clinically indicated)
- Family relationships
- Academic needs
- Social needs
- Accessibility to community resources
- Indication of anticipated problems following discharge and suggested means for dealing with them.
The continuing care plan, when indicated, provides recommendations and arrangements for support services, with an identification of providers.