“I was kicked out of everything,” muttered Darryl, age 16. “The counselors and youth workers here never gave up on me. It was up and down, but today I am, working in school, getting along with my parents, and controlling my life.”
The St. Joseph Program provides a trauma-sensitive, secure, and specially designed milieu for male adolescents in need of behavioral health treatment. From the comprehensive assessment to the development of an individualized treatment plan and implementation of treatment methods, the St. Joseph Program is designed to provide order, stability, and intensive treatment to help youth gain the insight and skills needed to manage their behavior and gain control of their life. Specially trained therapists, child and youth care professionals, teachers, and medical staff work with the youth, family, and placing agencies to restore hope, regulate emotion, and rebuild a young man's life.
Using the STEPS Toward a Life Worth Living© Model, The St. Joseph Program is designed to prepare male adolescents for transfer to a less-restrictive community living setting or step-down to secure transitional programming in the agency’s St. Anthony Program. The following are offered:
Comprehensive Mental Health Assessment: A comprehensive intensive mental health assessment is done to identify an adolescent's specific behavioral health needs. The purpose of the assessment is to determine level of functioning; to assess strengths and needs; to formulate a diagnosis; to determine level of care and to specify service recommendations.
Pharmacological Management and Medical Services: These services include psychiatric, medical, dental, and nursing interventions that address the medical and behavioral health needs of the young men served.
Group and Individual Counseling: Based on treatment needs, clients may participate in psychotherapeutic individual, family, and/or group counseling sessions. Dependent upon need, clients may participate in sessions that are based on cognitive behavioral therapy or Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) methods.
This program serves male adolescents who: