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Program

Our Program

Our Therapeutic Program is founded on evidence-based therapeutic interventions, using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address specific treatment issues (such as depression, anxiety, avoidance behaviors, self esteem, and more).

Each girl is provided an Individualized Treatment Plan, designed for her unique needs with input from the resident as well as her parents/guardians. The plan is reviewed on a monthly basis at Interdisciplinary Treatment Team (ITT) meetings with the resident and others who are involved in the resident’s welfare.

 

Every resident will not only have an individual therapist (masters level clinician) but also an individual counselor (Youth Counselor) assigned to them.

A Community For Growth and Healing

MGA provides residents with a home-like environment as they receive therapy. The staff to resident ratio is very small, which enables residents to get the individualized attention they need to grow and develop. Low-residency housing means that residents will not get “lost in the crowd” or be able to “slide under the radar.” Recreational activities are part of the daily programming. Community involvement and the opportunities to “give back” are also part of the weekly program. Group therapy (masters level) is provided twice a week and group counseling is facilitated three times a week. Individual therapy is provided two times per week. Family therapy is offered weekly or based on the treatment plan. MGA implements a daily schedule that involves purposeful programming. Every aspect of the program serves a function that promotes growth and development.

Treatment Stages

MGA has five (5) treatment stages that reflect a resident’s growth and develop as she progresses in her treatment program.

Once a stage is obtained, a resident cannot move back to a lower stage. It is felt that once the resident has obtained the knowledge, skills, and abilities to obtain a stage, while she may choose not to make positive decisions or may display negative behaviors, the acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities continues to exist. The resident would be consequenced for the specific actions and her color level would be adjusted to reflect her behaviors.

 

Each Treatment Stage has five (5) sub-areas which are: Social, Emotional, Physical/Environment, Academic, and Treatment Specific to the individual (which may also fall in one or more of the other categories).

In order to advance in the Treatment Stages, the resident must petition each time to both peers and staff. The resident is encouraged to discuss this step with her primary therapist and individual counselor prior to completing. Petitions are presented during cottage Group. The resident is to speak to her progress in the identified 5 sub-areas (Social, Emotional, Physical/Environment, Academic, and Treatment Specific). The process of petitioning provides residents with a learning experience on how to express themselves in a group setting and encourages them to focus on the progress they have made and the next steps they should take. It also affords residents the opportunity to learn how to give constructive feedback.

  • Stage 1  Orientation
  • Stage 2  Familiarization
  • Stage 3  Association
  • Stage 4  Reintroduction
  • Stage 5  Integration
Stage 1  Orientation

A period of adjusting to the new program and staff. Usually lasts two weeks. 

Weekly allowance = $3 

SOCIAL

  •  Learn the names of staff
  • Learn the names of peers     
  • Remain either with a staff member or a  Peer Mentor  (except when changing, in bedroom, or using the bathroom)
  • Commitment areas are in common areas 
  • Contact parents / caregivers (unless otherwise indicated) / Set up Approved
  • Contact List

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENT 

  •  Learn the program rules and expectations
  • Complete the resident Inventory Log   
  • Set up bedroom
  • Attend program activities 
  • Complete daily hygiene

EMOTIONAL

  •  Express thoughts and feelings about admission into program
  • Identify emotional struggles 

ACADEMIC

  • Cooperate with academic testing
  • Attend school as scheduled
  • Learn classroom expectations
  •  Learn educators’ names

TREATMENT

  • Meet with your primary therapist
  • Meet with assigned individual counselor
  • Cooperate with admissions assessments 
  • Review Handbook, including
  • Resident Rights
  • Assist in the development of the Initial
  • Treatment Plan 
  • Attend group sessions
Stage 2  Familiarization

The period of developing trust and forming relationships.

Weekly allowance = $3

SOCIAL

  • Demonstrate positive peer interactions with limited infractions
  • Demonstrate positive adult interactions with limited infractions
  • May make commitment area in bedroom
  • Maintain contact with parents / caregivers (unless otherwise indicated) – possible addition of more family members
  • Provide feedback to peers
  • Participate in Kids Give Back

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENT 

  • Complete chores as assigned
  • Assist with GI
  • Assist with lunch / dinner preparation
  • Demonstrate respect for environment
  • Attend unconditional recreational activities

EMOTIONAL

  • Able to identify and express thoughts and feelings
  • Can identify positive coping skills
  • Refrain from using inappropriate language / tones for self expression
  • Connect thoughts with feelings
  • Learn use of “I” statements

ACADEMIC

  • Attend school as scheduled
  • Adhere to classroom expectations
  • Follow homework expectations
  • Demonstrate respect for educators and other residents

TREATMENT

  • Meet with primary therapist as scheduled
  • Meet with assigned individual counselor
  • Assist in formulation of Master Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Reviews
  • Attend ITT meetings as scheduled
Stage 3  Association

A period of time when the resident is fully adjusted and demonstrating some growth on her identified treatment issues.

Weekly allowance = $5

SOCIAL

  • Demonstrate positive social interactions with minor issues
  • Consistently demonstrate positive community behaviors
  • Maintain consistent contact with parents / caregivers (unless otherwise indicated) – possible addition of more extended family members
  • Provide feedback to peers
  • Assist with plans for Kids Give Back and participate

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENT 

  • Complete chores as assigned
  • Assist with GI
  • Assist with lunch / dinner preparation
  • Demonstrate respect for environment
  • Actively participate in unconditional recreational activities

EMOTIONAL

  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately manage emotions
  • Consistently use “I” statements to express self
  • Role model for peers identification of emotions

ACADEMIC

  • Attend school as scheduled
  • Adhere to classroom expectations
  • Follow homework expectations
  • Demonstrate respect for educators and other residents

TREATMENT

  • Meet with primary therapist as scheduled
  • Meet with assigned individual counselor
  • Assist in formulation of Master Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Review
  • Participate in ITT meetings as scheduled
  • Participate in group sessions
Stage 4  Reintroduction

A period of time when the resident has shown a significant degree of progress in some of the identified treatment areas.

Weekly allowance = $7

Phone call time increased to 20 minutes

SOCIAL

  • Maintain consistent contact with parents / caregivers (unless otherwise indicated) – possible addition of more extended family members
  • Serve as a Peer Mentor
  • Can participate in Academy Counsel
  • Plan a Kids Give Back activity

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENT 

  • Complete chores as assigned
  • Assist with GI
  • Assist with lunch / dinner preparation
  • Demonstrate respect for environment
  • Identify an improvement project for the campus and assist in implementation

EMOTIONAL

  • Effective use “I” statements
  • Demonstrate effective emotional regulation

ACADEMIC

  • Actively engage in academic studies
  • Continued demonstrated respect for educators and other residents
  • Eligible for on-grounds employment

TREATMENT

  • Meet with primary therapist as scheduled
  • Meet with assigned individual counselor
  • Assist in formulation of Master Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Review
  • Participate in ITT meetings as scheduled
  • Begin exploration of discharge needs
Stage 5  Integration

A period of time when the resident is approaching discharge from the program. She has demonstrated significant progress is most identified areas and is ready to transfer her learning to new environments.

Weekly allowance = $10

Phone call time increased to 25 minutes

SOCIAL

  • Maintain consistent contact with parents / caregivers (unless otherwise indicated) – possible addition of more extended family members and approved friends
  • Serve as a Peer Mentor
  • Conduct Peer Mediation when requested
  • Serve as a member of the Academy Counsel
  • Assist in facilitation of peer groups
  • Access to personal cell phone (with parental /guardian permission)

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENT 

  • Complete chores as assigned
  • Assist with GI
  • Assist with lunch / dinner preparation
  • Demonstrate respect for environment
  • Identify an improvement project for the campus and facilitate the implementation
  • Assist in the planning of unconditional recreational activities

EMOTIONAL

  • Effective use “I” statements
  • Demonstrate effective emotional regulation

ACADEMIC

  • Continue with academic pursuits
  • Continued demonstrated respect for educators and other residents
  • Eligible for off grounds employment

TREATMENT

  • Meet with primary therapist as scheduled
  • Meet with assigned individual counselor
  • Assist in formulation of Master Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Review
  • Participate in ITT meetings as scheduled
  • Identify continued needs post discharge

Level System

The level system (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green) is used as the immediate reflection of how a resident is functioning while the treatment stage is about the knowledge, skills, and abilities the resident has acquired over time. Privileges and responsibilities are tied to both. The program is designed to reflect our residents’ current behaviors (level) and overall growth and development within their treatment program (stage). Levels can change on a day to day basis. Residents build upon their stages.

Resident’s levels are determined on a day to day basis based upon behaviors displayed. The following levels are used:

Red

  • The resident has engaged in behaviors that present a safety issue (e.g., threatening others, physical aggression to self or others, suicidal statements or gestures)
  • The resident is not following the basic expectations of the program and/ or the resident has engaged in multiple infractions over a period of time and not and has not responded to other consequences (e.g., has been Orange and not altered problematic behaviors)
  • May participate in house activities, unconditional rec, and Kids Give Back
  • Bedtime is 9:30 pm
  • No access to personal food or snack
  • May not spend personal money
  • No TV / movies after dinner
  • No "picks" earned for the house store
  • Not eligible to shop from the house store
  • Can receive an immediate color change to Red
  • Minimum of 48 hours of following expectations to move off Red

Orange

  • The resident is not following the basic expectations of the program, has engaged in multiple infractions 
  • May participate in house activities, unconditional rec, Kids Give Back and weekly outing
  • Bedtime is 9:45 pm
  • No access to personal food or snack
  • May not spend personal money
  • May watch TV until 8 pm
  • 1 "pick" earned for the house store
  • Minimum of 48 hours of following expectations to move off Orange

Yellow

  • The resident is meeting basic expectations, there may be minor infractions which are addressed through specific consequences to that behavior
  • Eligible for on grounds activities (after Green Level selection)
  • Bedtime is 10:00 pm
  • May have personal food or snack
  • May spend personal money
  • 2 "picks" earned for the house store 

Green

  • The resident is exceeding basic expectations, going above and beyond the standards (ex: working hard in therapy, counseling a peer, helping others without being asked, etc. )
  • First pick of activities (in house, on campus, and off grounds – following higher stage and level residents)
  • Bedtime is 10:30 pm
  • May have personal food or snack
  • May spend personal money
  • Picks with other green level residents evening TV / movie
  • 4 "picks" earned for the house store 

OUR REVIEWS

What Residents Say About MGA

"MGA was very helpful during my stay here. They provide us with necessities but also extra fun activities."

-Former MGA Resident

"You helped me and my mental health to boost up. MGA, you are a very good tool and I hope you are able to stay open and going for a long time. Thank you for all the help you have provided for me and help to me."

-Former MGA Resident

"Well, MGA staff is amazing. Honestly, they/MGA have so much fun. I loved being here! Stay the same MGA. Love you! (with boundaries)"

-Former MGA Resident

"Smudging in a good place. (outside, staff handle lighter) Staff are da best!!"

-Former MGA Resident

"Thanks for having me!"

-Former MGA Resident

“I want to say ‘thank-you’ for saving me. It seems cliché, but it’s honestly how I feel.”

-Former MGA Resident

“This place is amazing!”

-Former MGA Resident

"I really appreciate you guys. Thank you for the help!"

-Former MGA Resident

For additional program information or to speak with admissions, please call 507-473-5061.