Program for Troubled Teens
Shepherd’s Hill Academy provides a comprehensive approach to healing. The success of the programs at Shepherd’s Hill Academy are 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.
Although teens live in the rustic communities they build and maintain in the woods, our accredited academic academy is located at the center of our main campus. The Shepherd’s 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 staff ratio that is never greater than 5 to 1. In addition to our Principal with 45 years of experience, we offer state-certified Teachers and Teacher’s Aides to assist and monitor every class. Our Teacher’s Aides also serve as Tutors and Counselors, ensuring an environment conducive for learning. Shepherd’s Hill Academy offers a fully-accredited school. Therefore, all transcripts transfer in and out of Shepherd’s Hill Academy.
Shepherd’s Hill Academy staffs a fully licensed Therapeutic Team, dedicated to offering healing and hope to your child. Our Therapeutic Team practices an evidence-based, holistic approach to scientific therapeutic methods. Your teen will participate in Individual Therapy, designed to discover root issues and foster true healing. They will also participate in Group Therapy, enabling them to interact socially in a positive way, developing healthy coping skills. Our program helps to offer healing to the whole family through Family Sessions for the Adolescent, workshops, and training. Our team works with a variety of issues, customizing their program to best meet the needs of your teen.
Equine Therapy Component
The Equine Therapy Program at Shepherd’s 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.
Once enrolled, your teenager will experience the Shepherd’s Hill Academy Wilderness 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, Shepherd’s Hill Academy is able to provide troubled teens with an atmosphere free of virtually all negative cultural influences.
Next Step Therapeutic Component
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. Teens may be eligible for promotion to the Next Step Program from the Therapeutic Wilderness Program around the tenth month of their stay.