The core practice throughout all our programs is therapy. While we deliver proven and evidence-based practices, we also know that when engaged through other, more relevant forms, a child can actually make faster, more sustainable progress in their healing and skill-building.
These types of therapies can include:
- Independent Living Skills
Every child has a right and need to receive an education. This is a child’s primary “job” and sets the foundation for the academic, social and life skills learned during childhood. Having an education means being equipped with the tools and knowledge to direct their future and can have a great impact on a child’s direction in life. Behavioral health disorders should not impede a child’s ability to receive an education, experience success and realize full potential.
In a healthy and happy environment, what does a parent strive to give their child? These are the activities, events and celebrations that later bring fond memories of being a child. The camping trips, dance lessons, summer camps, birthday parties and so much more that are synonymous with the joy of childhood. Enrichment isn’t an “extra” as we can fund it. We know each child in our care needs – and deserves – to have their childhood rooted in feelings of joy, happiness and self-worth.
Our surroundings play a significant role in our overall health. The sounds around us, the noise levels, the smells, colors and textures, access to outdoors, fresh air and sunshine… not to mention the importance of a physically and emotionally safe environment, free of abuse, trauma and stress. You can receive all the counseling and skills to fill a lifetime, but based off the environment that surrounds you, health can either flourish or deteriorate.
This interwoven aspect involves our children, their families and our community. Within any program at the Center, our goal is to transition children back to a state of normalcy, health and well-being. Many treatments occur outside of “normal life” scenarios and in order to give real-life application, the integration back into the community – with newly-learned skills – is critical. It’s the experiences to teach about living independently, civic engagement, or how their individual strengths can change their world that give a sense of higher purpose and achievement.
Equally as important is the community’s investment in giving these children the chance to be healthy and happy – to restore hope that they can truly reach that potential we’re showing them every day.