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 Jewett Program is also a residential home for teenage girls. The residents of this program have lower risk behaviors. This is determined by their motivation in treatment, trust building, and ability to emotionally regulate. This is measured by daily treatment outcome measurements, staff feedback, etc. The building layout as well as the program dynamics are different. Due to the lower acuity, the residents of the Jewett Program are afforded specific privileges exclusive to this house. The residents are able to utilize an in-house kitchen, as well as a Gazebo on the back patio that overlooks the Lewis-Clark Valley. Additionally, the residents have more opportunity to interact with their community. While residents of higher acuity programs may have similar opportunities, their options are more limited and would require the resident to demonstrate trusting behaviors that are deemed suitable by the treatment team.
The Girl’s Program operates by way of a highly structured routine and schedule, in which residents play an active role in creating. 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 Circle, Adolescent Development Group, Voices, Phase Work, Virtues, Goals Group, Thinking for a Change, and Hot Topics (a group that addresses current social/development issues for the population we serve).
Along with daily treatment groups, the residents participate in team building activities designed to develop a sense of community and belonging. Residents enjoy swimming, CrossFit, fitness, hiking, fishing, canoeing, and tubing during the summer. Sledding, fitness, community event, and hunting for the perfect Christmas tree in a national forest and cutting it down during the winter months. Overall, the objective of the Girl’s Program is to facilitate individualized treatment, while engendering safety and healthy relationships.