Daily Life Skills Training
- Good housekeeping, personal hygiene & wellness, laundry & clothing care, managing money, cooking & nutrition, basic first aid.
Gender Specific Curriculum - "This one's for the girls!!"
- Self-esteem issues
- Pregnancy prevention
- Sexually Transmitted Disease's
- Substance abuse
- Sexual abuse/exploitation, etc.
Counseling: Individual, Group and Family
- Looking “outside of the box” for healing solutions.
- Master’s level trained therapists will provide a specific curriculum designed especially for female abuse victims.
- Examples of group topics shall include:
- Pregnancy prevention, setting goals and achieving them, substance awareness and education, understanding and establishing healthy boundaries, women's heath care issues, problem solving skills and attitudes, gender-specific values clarification, anger management, sex abuse & victimization, healthy self-esteem, etc.
- Specific goals will focus on: gaining responsibility for self and others; improved decision making skills; respect for authority; clarifying and solidifying values systems.
Job Training "Real World" Preparation
- Each girl can reach her fullest potential focusing on her strengths and interests in order to help her strengths and interest in order to help her find a job area that she can be successful in.
- Job training areas are designed to give the girls a feeling of working in “real world” work places such as a beauty solon, restaurant, commercial laundry facilities, offices w/computers and others.
- The girls will learn the skills to be a short order cook; waitress; to operate a cash register; shampoo hair; janitorial work; how to do manicures and pedicures among other skills.
- Physical fitness and developmental needs are met through the use of large outdoor play areas, music & dance, basketball, rollerblading, swimming pool, gardening, bicycling, nature hikes, horseback riding.
- Learning to cooperate with others and learning to be fair can all be achieved.
- Safely prescribed by a board certified child psychiatrist and administration monitored by our nursing staff.
As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14 TNIV
- The Program offers opportunities for youth to voluntarily participate in religious activities and to follow their beliefs, such as the attendance at worship, religious observance, and religious study.
- girl scouts, pet therapy with the elderly, helping at local fire stations with chores, learning to be a good friend, a good neighbor and a good citizen.
- Getting families involved is crucial and a major focus of our program.
- Discharge plans begin at point of admission.
- Family members, case managers & other caring adults are included in the development of Individual Service Plans.
On-Campus School - Downing Clark Academy
Education is a critical component of success. Therefore, Monday – Friday, each girl will go to school “on Campus” at Downing Clark Academy, a private academy approved by the Georgia Department of Special Education. Full-time special education teachers will make sure each girl’s academic education meets the local requirements of their school community, ensuring that no girl is behind in her schoolwork when she returns home. Here, the girls learn good study habits and the importance of a formal education. Tutoring is provided several nights a week for those girls experiencing difficulties with their academic studies. Because the school is approved, the girls can earn a high school diploma, get a GED or be awarded a special diploma.
There are many benefits to having the girls attend school ”on-campus” as opposed to busing them to public schools. These girls will have serious emotional and/or behavioral management problems that can interfere with their ability to function in their family school and community. Hence, the reason most of them have been placed at Downing Clark HOPE Center. Therefore, the most effective way to successfully educate these girls is through a constant stream of supervision that flows from the Academy being physically located on the property.
9 Core Mental Health Services
- Community Support Individual
- Crisis Intervention Stabilization
- Diagnostic Assessment
- Family Training & Counseling
- Group Training & Counseling
- Individual Training & Counseling
- Medication Administration
- Nursing Assessment & Health Services
- Physician Assessment