Milieu therapy involves the use of therapeutic communities in which the environment has been strategically structured so that all aspects of a resident’s experience are considered therapeutic. French for “middle space,” a milieu refers to a person’s social environment. In milieu therapy, the environment serves as a primary tool in treatment and is designed to foster opportunities for growth, healing, and prevention that are developed in the milieu and subsequently carried over into day-to-day living. At Shepherd’s Hill Academy, our milieu provides a number of resources for your child to grow in the following areas:

  • Emotion regulation skills
  • Life skills 
  • Adaptive coping mechanisms
  • Leadership development 
  • Responsibility for his/her own behavior
  • Accountability to and from peers
  • Work ethic
  • Resiliency
  • One-on-one and group communication
  • Healthy interactions and relationships with peers, family, and authority figures
  • Holistic (mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual) healing and growth

At Shepherd’s Hill Academy, your child will become a part of a therapeutic milieu created by the natural environment of our Wilderness Therapy Program, accredited academy, and various forms of therapy. To have an in-depth look at these different components that make up our milieu here at Shepherds Hill, please view each description below.