We recognize that all youth who enter Residential Treatment have experienced varying levels of trauma. Traumatic stress affects the brain, development, and behavior, and is usually the underlying force behind many of the concerns requiring treatment. As a result, Saint Francis utilizes a broad range of interventions and therapeutic tools to help children and families heal and regain wholeness.
- Relaxation skills
- Individual counseling/therapy
- Topic-focused group therapy (managing emotions, substance abuse, victims of abuse, sexual abusers, relationships)
- Family therapy
- Psychiatric/medication management
- Equestrian therapy
- Art therapy
Our program also offers numerous therapeutic classes specific to the needs each child, with special regard to age and developmental level.
- Boundaries/social skills class
- Addictions (alcohol and drug education)
- Values orientation (morals and ethics)
- Sex education
- Personal goals
- Financial awareness
- Life-saving and CPR
- Independent living skills
- Basic daily living skills
- Healthy Relationships (HEART)
The Treatment Plan is a roadmap that focuses on the both the child and the family’s understanding of the problems at hand. It is an evolving reference point for staff, clients, and families to guide interventions, procedures, and techniques.
Development of the plan includes the following steps:
- Define the problem
- Identify goals and objectives
- Identify interventions and strategies
- Identify discharge criteria
There is a growing body of evidence linking nutrition to mental health. Saint Francis believes that a healthy body is integral to living a full and healthy life. A diet rich in complex carbohydrates, essential fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and water helps to maintain a balanced mood and feelings of wellbeing. Our dietician works closely with our cooks to ensure each meal is balanced and nutritious.
We also recognize that nutrition is just one aspect of physical health:
- Upon admission, each youth receives a full physical exam, including bloodwork and medication assessment.
- If needed, we provided immunizations, according to Centers for Disease Control recommendations.
- If indicated, we refer clients for vision and dental exams.
We encourage input from clients about their treatment and the treatment environment. Youth Council members serve as a liaison between youth in the program and the Treatment Team. It gives young people a voice with which to share suggestions and advocate for their ideas. It also serves as an advisory council for the administration in such areas as programming needs, social events planning, and visitor tours.