Adolescent Residential Treatment at Shepherd’s Hill Academy
Few things are harder than dealing with a troubled, rebellious adolescent, and few decisions are more heartbreaking than temporarily removing your child from your home. But there are times when residential treatment is the best solution for all involved—not only for your teenager but also for his or her parents and siblings.
We understand what a hard time this is for your family. With more than 20 years’ experience, we at Shepherd’s Hill Academy know how to help. We offer Christian-based adolescent residential treatment in Georgia, including a wilderness program and an accredited private school. Our boarding school helps create a change of heart in troubled teens that promotes healthy, life-long behavioral changes.
The Benefits of Residential Treatment
There are many causes and issues surrounding teens who have behavioral problems. They may be angry and abusive at home, lashing out at family members or becoming violent with little provocation. They most likely are having problems in school, sometimes to the point of being suspended or expelled. Many have been diagnosed with a clinical behavioral disorder such as:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
- Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder- High Functioning (ASD)
- Bipolar disorder
In all cases, they may have tried to self-medicate with alcohol, drugs, or sex—some to the point of addiction.
Residential treatment for these teens provides a safe environment and support structure where they are surrounded by professionals who sincerely care about helping each individual boy and girl work toward a positive outcome.
“Residential treatment is an intervention, not a destination,” says the ABT Associates research report for the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health (NACBH) and National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS). “It is a level of care in an array of services that children and youth, with or at risk of emotional or behavioral disorders, need at a particular time given their histories, diagnoses, complexities of impairment, and living and learning situations. It is a critical component of a system of care that some children need in order to have the chance to recover and regain their functioning in daily lives in the community as productive participants at home and in school, safe and living with hope.”
Shepherd’s Hill Provides the Keys to Change
Removing the child from the environment in which the negative behavior occurs can be a key factor in recovery. “Residential treatment can help children and adolescents whose health is at risk while living in their community,” according to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). “For example, therapeutic residential programs are helpful for youth that have not responded to outpatient treatments, who have educational needs that cannot be met in less restrictive settings or who are in need of further intensive treatment following inpatient psychiatric care.” Also critical to the success of a residential treatment program is the list of attributes that it offers, such as a comprehensive intake evaluation, individual and group therapy, and ways for parents to be involved, all of which Shepherd’s Hill Academy provides.
At Shepherd’s Hill Academy, we not only offer adolescent residential treatment, but also an outdoor therapeutic program that focuses on person-to-person mentoring along with spiritual and biblical counsel. Our programs intentionally use the outdoors and rustic living as an alternative to conventional adolescent residential treatment environments, removing modern distractions, simplifying choices, and rejuvenating each teen’s mind and critical thinking abilities.
Participants who successfully work through the Outdoor Wilderness program can become eligible for our Next Step program. This program allows teens more choices and freedoms while still learning and working within a safe and structured environment on the main campus. They can earn privileges as well as continue to complete academic goals.
Shepherd’s Hill Academics
Throughout their stay at Shepherd’s Hill Academy, each boy or girl will be able to attend classes in our on-campus private school in order to work toward middle school or high school graduation, advance future career goals, and prepare for college. Shepherd’s Hill academic courses are fully accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission and fully meet the Georgia Department of Education regulations and requirements. Students can transfer credits earned at Shepherd’s Hill to other schools and colleges.
Make Your Decision with All the Facts
Shepherd’s Hill Academy offers an outdoor wilderness program, a transition program to domestic living, fully accredited education, and many types of individual and family therapies to help troubled teens and youth get back on track. If this sounds like the program for your teenager, we invite you to learn more about us. All communication is confidential. We are ready to help, give us a call: (706) 779-5766.