Therapy Programs to Help Troubled Teens
Shepherds Hill Academy provides a comprehensive approach to healing. The success of the therapeutic program at Shepherds Hill Academy is due to the preeminence of a biblically based approach. This Christ-centered therapeutic approach has proven to bring hope, healing, and transformation to the lives of families in crisis using a safe and secure authoritative community model.
Can Teens Survive a Year without Media?
One of the most difficult things for teens to learn when they arrive at Shepherds Hill Academy is that they will be giving up their phones, the Internet, video games, their music, and other media for a year. We strive to insulate teens from many of the negative influences that have held them captive in the past.
In this video, Director Trace Embry, Boys Counselor Jeremy Brown, Girls Counselor Mary Anne Brookshire, and a few of our teen participants talk about how kicking media addiction helps teens learn to slow down, focus on what’s really important, and learn new skills—both physical and mental. In the end, giving up media can be one of the most fulfilling and exciting experiences these teens enjoy.
Therapeutic Outdoor Program
Once enrolled, your teenager will experience the Shepherds Hill Academy Outdoor Therapy Program. This therapeutic outdoor program is intentionally structured to create, establish, and maintain a safe, consistent, and loving authoritative community for your teen. With this unique environment, Shepherds Hill Academy is able to provide troubled teens with an atmosphere free of virtually all negative cultural influences. Residents typically remain in the Outdoor Program approximately ten months before graduating to the Next Step Program. Read More »
Although teens live in the rustic communities they build and maintain in the woods, our accredited academy is located at the center of our main campus. The Shepherds Hill Academy classrooms, like any other school, are fully equipped to offer teens with a superior learning environment. However, unlike many other schools, Shepherds Hill offers an exceptional student to teacher ratio that is never greater than 5 to 1. In addition to our Principal with 45 years of experience, state certified teachers, and teachers’ aides assist to monitor every class. Our teachers’ aides also serve as tutors and counselors, ensuring an environment conducive for learning. Shepherds Hill Academy offers a fully-accredited school. Therefore, all transcripts transfer in and out of Shepherds Hill Academy. Read More »
Next Step Therapeutic Program
The Next Step Program provides a safe and structured living environment in modern houses located on our main campus. Next Step is a program designed to challenge students to build on the character they developed from their outdoor experience. It is a transition period designed to prepare students for an environment similar to home and the real world. Typically, teens are eligible for promotion to the Next Step Program from the Therapeutic Outdoor Program around the tenth month of their stay. Read More »
Equine Therapy Program
The Equine Therapy Program at Shepherds Hill Academy is the home of the therapeutic horses. Your teenager will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a horse they select during this therapy. Our equine program works with O.K. Corral Series certified therapists to provide a safe and structured experience that helps teens work toward their therapeutic goals. Each week your teenager will participate in individual and group therapy involving their respective horses. These exercises and experiences are designed to offer therapeutic healing and character development. Read More »