Population: The Girl’s Treatment Program accepts females ages 11-17 who have experienced complex trauma. We use techniques that are geared toward adolescents with psychiatric diagnosis and present with a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral issues such as disruptive behaviors, attachment and trauma related disorders, mood/anxiety disorders, psychotic symptoms, high functioning pervasive developmental disorders, and abuse reactive behaviors including sexual reactivity.
We utilize attachment theory and implement Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment components. Our focus in treatment is to build self-esteem, develop effective coping mechanisms, establish personal boundaries, accept personal responsibility, understand personal abuse patterns, and build problem solving skills.
Our program is comprised of two housing units that provide specific treatment for different acuity levels: the Hopper Program and the Jewett Program. While the two programs are different, they are both structured under the framework of Trauma Informed Care (TIC). With a heavy emphasis on building healthy relationships, the TIC model focuses on the individualized needs of the resident, while cultivating growth and personal development. The treatment staff are elected to foster these healthy relations by exercising compassion, understanding of their history and providing consistent structure which builds a safe environment. By recognizing that our residents have experienced complex trauma in their lives, staff are inclined to be sensitive to the resident’s situations and support them through their treatment
Along with our amazing campus, and exceptional treatment programs, our personnel exemplify the highest standards of residential care. Supported by a team of highly qualified professional facilitators, each new personnel undergoes a rigorous and thorough training curriculum. From the first day of orientation, new staff are introduced to the veteran professionals, while they operate in their working capacities. After becoming familiar with the program layout and specificities, the new staff are educated and mentored for three months, while they are guided into the station of residential care.
The Northwest Children’s Home utilizes the most current evidence based knowledge in order to effectively deliver therapeutic interventions to adolescents in need of residential care. Our complex organizational framework utilizes multidimensional strategies that allow for effective oversight in a constantly evolving environment. The foundation of this agency resides in the extraordinary structure utilized in providing trauma informed care.
The Hopper Program provides individualized therapeutic residential care for teenage girls with a need for a higher level of support and care. Located on the West side of the NCH campus, the Hopper Program provides residents with a highly structured building layout that allows for an increased coordinated supervision ability. Additionally, the Hopper Program affords residents with an in-house classroom, treatment milieu, and kitchen. The building sits on a beautifully landscaped half acre that overlooks the Snake River and Lewis-Clark Valley.
The shift toward Trauma Informed Care has helped educate our staff on the importance of understanding client maladaptive behavior as adaptations, or ways of survival. The therapeutic milieu uses relational strategies and positive behavior reinforcement to support the development of healthy and effective modes of communication and coping skills.
Therapeutic treatment groups are a crucial part of the program. The therapeutic groups are scheduled into the treatment program with purpose and currently include: Community Meeting, Girls Council, Process Group, Phase Work/Writing Group, Virtues, Goals Group, and Hot Topic (a group that addresses current social/development issues for the population we serve). Additionally, our program therapists hold two group therapy sessions during the week where the Hopper and Jewett residents come together and talk about an array of topics related to treatment objectives.