A major purpose of the residential experience at Good Shepherd Services is to provide a therapeutic setting where the adolescent has the time and opportunity to grow. Each child is assigned to one of the seven group residences. The clinical and residential teams work with residents, their families and the referring agencies to plan, integrate and implement treatments and to review progress in the achievement of treatment plans goals.
Each residence has private bedrooms for each child, a living area and launderette. Students are allowed to decorate their own bedrooms, within guidelines, to their own taste. As part of a daily structured routine, residents are responsible for cleaning both their bedroom and an additional area of the unit. This encourages positive staff interactions and gives each child the opportunity to contribute to their residence in a responsible manner. The children in each residence are encouraged to help each other. There are regular group meetings in which team members participate. Peer and staff interactions help make the group living experience growth-enhancing so therapeutic concepts can become self-actualized and ultimately transferred into the home and community.