Who Do We Help?

What type of backgrounds do the children who reside at MSCH have?

• MSCH accepts children who come from a variety of different backgrounds. Children may come from abusive environments, where they experienced neglect or trauma. Children may be challenged with Attention Deficit Disorder (or Hyperactivity), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or struggle with mood regulation (Bi-Polar). Children may be showing rebellion towards their parents/guardians through defiant, disrespectful, or disobedient behaviors. Children may be showing poor decisions with their academics by not completing homework, ditching classes, or having multiple suspensions, including expulsion.

What is accomplished through counseling (individual, group, and family counseling)?

• Counseling offers children the opportunity to develop their voice. They are provided a safe environment to work through difficult topics, which led them to their current path of decision -making. MSCH counselors develop rapport with the children, and work towards developing specific treatment plans pertinent to the individual child. Children are encouraged to develop core honesty, which will help guide their exploration of root issues. MSCH Counselors utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques within the therapeutic setting.

Does MSCH offer family Counseling?

• Family counseling is an essential aspect of the child’s program MSCH counselors communicate constantly with each child’s parent/guardian. The parents/guardians assume a major role, as they invest in their child’s treatment. MSCH counselors integrate family counseling into the therapeutic program when deemed timely and appropriate.

Do the children participate in groups?

• Children participate in a variety of groups, based on the current climate of the placed children, and the issues currently facing them. Children participate in fitness and horticulture groups

• Children participate in a variety of groups, based on the current climate of the placed children, and the issues currently facing them. Children participate in fitness and horticulture groups. Children participate in groups, which encourage teamwork, manners, creativity, service, and stewardship.

Are children allowed to go on visits?

• The counselors work closely with each child, his or her house parents, and parents/ guardians in determining the appropriateness of day visits or weekend passes. The parents/ guardians are encouraged to support the counselor’s recommendation regarding visitation.

Where do the children go to school?

• MSCH staff work collectively to determine appropriate school enrollment for each child. Children will be recommended for public school or the MSCH Transitional School based on academic performance, behavioral issues, and trust.