Children come to us with a range of problems that may have come about for many reasons, including poor personal decisions and traumatic situations of abuse. Each child addresses his/her issues with guidance counselors and house parent staff by establishing individual goals. These goals speak of the methods to deal with anger, relief of bitterness, overcoming potential addiction, understanding love, moving from the past- to the present-for the future and finding areas of potential for further growth.
Building self-esteem is a primary goal to overcoming peer pressure and other past behaviors that lead to poor decisions. Counselors conduct group sessions to discuss the importance of working together and for each other with house parents and children.
What is accomplished through counseling?
Counseling offers children the opportunity to develop their voice. They are provided a safe environment to work through the 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 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.
What Does It Look Like?
Children meet weekly for individual counseling. Specific treatment goals are developed based on identified problematic areas. The children work on these goals throughout their placement in counseling, and through the behavior management program in the cottages. Christian principles are utilized with a therapeutic approach addressing anger, grief, guilt, defiance, the pain and hurt of rejection, peer pressure, loss of direction, and other confusion from major emotional trauma,
Children participate in group sessions with the other placed children. They have the opportunity to learn communication skills and how to build trust in relationships. The children learn the value of teamwork within a family setting, and how to conquer peer pressure. Groups are developed from topics pertinent to the current climate affecting the group of kids in placement. The children participate in therapeutic fitness and horticulture groups. The children are encouraged to take an active role in their therapy.
Mountain States Children’s Home believes in the development of the family system. Families are encouraged to participate in their child`s therapeutic program with the guidance of the counseling staff. Family therapy facilitates change to reunify families.
ln some instances, children will work towards finding closure, as reunification with family is not a possibility. Family therapy is an important aspect of the treatment process. Children will have the opportunity to move on to success with their families, or into independence.