Minnesota Girls Academy

Treatment Philosophy

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MGA’s treatment philosophy is built into everything we do. The program is designed to provide daily opportunities for growth and change through the implementation of purposeful programming. All staff members who have direct contact with our residents receive specific training in appropriately recognizing and responding to certain behaviors. External boundaries and limits are imposed until the resident internalizes them and is able to demonstrate the skills necessary to function on a more independent level.

Change occurs through courage and perseverance. Every day residents are provided the opportunities to make decisions that impact them both in the short term and long run. Through continuous feedback, the residents learn from both their successes and shortcomings. Staff provide therapeutic interventions and an environment that promote safety and support the learning process.

Treatment Stages

MGA has five (5) treatment stages that reflect a resident’s growth and develop as she progresses in her treatment program.

Once a stage is obtained, a resident cannot move back to a lower stage. It is felt that once the resident has obtained the knowledge, skills, and abilities to obtain a stage, while she may choose not to make positive decisions or may display negative behaviors, the acquired knowledge, skills, and abilities continues to exist. The resident would be consequenced for the specific actions and her color level would be adjusted to reflect her behaviors.

Each Treatment Stage has five (5) sub-areas which are: Social, Emotional, Physical/Environment, Academic, and Treatment Specific to the individual (which may also fall in one or more of the other categories).

In order to advance in the Treatment Stages, the resident must petition each time to both peers and staff. The resident is encouraged to discuss this step with her primary therapist and individual counselor prior to completing. Petitions are presented during Progress Group. The resident is to speak to her progress in the identified 5 sub-areas (Social, Emotional, Physical/Environment, Academic, and Treatment Specific). The process of petitioning provides residents with a learning experience on how to express themselves in a group setting and encourages them to focus on the progress they have made and the next steps they should take. It also affords residents the opportunity to learn how to give constructive feedback.

A Community For Growth 
and Healing

MGA provides residents with a home-like environment as they receive therapy. The staff to resident ratio is very small, which enables residents to get the individualized attention they need to grow and develop. Low-residency housing means that residents will not get “lost in the crowd” or be able to “slide under the radar.”

Recreational activities are part of the daily programming. Community involvement and the opportunities to “give back” are also part of the weekly program. Group therapy (masters level) is provided twice a week and group counseling is facilitated five times a week. There is weekly individual and family therapy.

MGA implements a daily schedule that involves purposeful programming. Every aspect of the program serves a function that promotes growth and development.

Stage I: Orientation

A period of adjusting to the new program and staff. Usually lasts two weeks.

Weekly allowance = $3

Social

Learn the names of staff

Learn the names of peers

Remain either with a staff member or a Peer Mentor (except when changing, in bedroom, or using the bathroom)

Commitment areas are in common areas

Contact parents / caregivers (unless otherwise indicated) / Set up Approved Contact List

Emotional

Express thoughts and feelings about admission into program

Identify emotional struggles

Physical/Environment

Learn the program rules and expectations

Complete the resident Inventory Log

Set up bedroom

Attend program activities

Complete daily hygiene

Academic

Cooperate with academic testing

Attend school as scheduled

Learn classroom expectations

Learn educators’ names

Treatment

Meet with your primary therapist

Meet with assigned individual counselor

Cooperate with admissions assessments

Review Handbook, including Resident Rights

Assist in the development of the Initial Treatment Plan

Attend group sessions

Stage II: Familiarization

The period of developing trust and forming relationships.

Weekly allowance = $3

Social

Demonstrate positive peer interactions with limited infractions

Demonstrate positive adult interactions with limited infractions

May make commitment area in bedroom

Maintain contact with parents / caregivers (unless otherwise indicated) – possible addition of more family members

Provide feedback to peers

Participate in Kids Give Back

Emotional

Able to identify and express thoughts and feelings

Can identify positive coping skills

Refrain from using inappropriate language / tones for self expression

Connect thoughts with feelings

Learn use of “I” statements

Physical/Environment

Complete chores as assigned

Assist with GI

Assist with lunch / dinner preparation

Demonstrate respect for environment

Attend unconditional recreational activities

Academic

Attend school as scheduled

Adhere to classroom expectations

Follow homework expectations

Demonstrate respect for educators and other residents

Treatment

Meet with primary therapist as scheduled

Meet with assigned individual counselor

Assist in formulation of Master Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Reviews

Attend ITT meetings as scheduled

Stage III: Association

A period of time when the resident is fully adjusted and demonstrating some growth on her identified treatment issues.

Weekly allowance = $5

Social

Demonstrate positive social interactions with minor issues

Consistently demonstrate positive community behaviors

Maintain consistent contact with parents / caregivers (unless otherwise indicated) – possible addition of more extended family members

Provide feedback to peers

Assist with plans for Kids Give Back and participate

Emotional

Demonstrate the ability to appropriately manage emotions

Consistently use “I” statements to express self

Role model for peers identification of emotions

Physical

Complete chores as assigned

Assist with GI

Assist with lunch / dinner preparation

Demonstrate respect for environment

Actively participate in unconditional recreational activities

Academic

Attend school as scheduled

Adhere to classroom expectations

Follow homework expectations

Demonstrate respect for educators and other residents

Treatment

Meet with primary therapist as scheduled

Meet with assigned individual counselor

Assist in formulation of Master Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Review

Participate in ITT meetings as scheduled

Participate in group sessions

Stage IV: Reintroduction

A period of time when the resident has shown a significant degree of progress in some of the identified treatment areas.

Weekly allowance = $7

Phone call time increased to 20 minutes

Social

Maintain consistent contact with parents / caregivers (unless otherwise indicated) – possible addition of more extended family members

Serve as a Peer Mentor

Can participate in Academy Counsel

Plan a Kids Give Back activity

Emotional

Effective use “I” statements

Demonstrate effective emotional regulation

Physical

Complete chores as assigned

Assist with GI

Assist with lunch / dinner preparation

Demonstrate respect for environment

Identify an improvement project for the campus and assist in implementation

Academic

Actively engage in academic studies

Continued demonstrated respect for educators and other residents

Eligible for on-grounds employment

Treatment

Meet with primary therapist as scheduled

Meet with assigned individual counselor

Assist in formulation of Master Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Review

Participate in ITT meetings as scheduled

Begin exploration of discharge needs

Stage V: Integration

A period of time when the resident is approaching discharge from the program. She has demonstrated significant progress is most identified areas and is ready to transfer her learning to new environments.

Weekly allowance = $10

Phone call time increased to 25 minutes

Social

Maintain consistent contact with parents / caregivers (unless otherwise indicated) – possible addition of more extended family members and approved friends

Serve as a Peer Mentor

Conduct Peer Mediation when requested

Serve as a member of the Academy Counsel

Assist in facilitation of peer groups

Access to personal cell phone (with parental /guardian permission)

Emotional

Effective use “I” statements

Demonstrate effective emotional regulation

Physical

Complete chores as assigned

Assist with GI

Assist with lunch / dinner preparation

Demonstrate respect for environment

Identify an improvement project for the campus and facilitate the implementation

Assist in the planning of unconditional recreational activities

Academic

Continue with academic pursuits

Continued demonstrated respect for educators and other residents

Eligible for off grounds employment

Treatment

Meet with primary therapist as scheduled

Meet with assigned individual counselor

Assist in formulation of Master Treatment Plan and Treatment Plan Review

Participate in ITT meetings as scheduled

Identify continued needs post discharge

Level System

Resident’s levels are determined on a day to day basis based upon behaviors displayed. The following levels are used:

Red

The resident is not following the basic expectations of the program and/ or the resident has engaged in multiple infractions

May participate in house activities (except for those activities that are part of the overall program schedule, e.g., unconditional rec, weekly outing)

Bedtime is 9:30 pm

No access to personal food or snack

May not spend personal money

No TV / movies after dinner

Yellow

The resident is meeting basic expectations, there may be minor infractions which are addressed through specific consequences to that behavior

Eligible for on grounds activities (after Green Level selection)

Bedtime is 10:00 pm

May have personal food or snack

May spend personal money

Green

the resident is exceeding basic expectations, going above and beyond the standards

First pick of activities (in house, on campus, and off grounds – following higher stage and level residents)

Bedtime is 10:30 pm

May have personal food or snack

Please call 888-683-7007 for more information.

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Bricelyn, MN 56014
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