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Residential Treatment Program – Good Shepherd Services

Clinical services are an integral part of treatment at Good Shepherd Services for all residents and their families.  The Masters level therapists work to ensure specialized milieu therapy is provided for the residents assigned to their units including individual, group and family therapy sessions. They also ensure that therapeutic interventions are individualized to meet the needs of students and their families. Therapy sessions are designed to promote, enhance and restore effective levels of functioning so that each resident’s ability to successfully re-enter the community is optimized.

Our interdisciplinary treatment team provides comprehensive assessment and treatment within a therapeutic setting. Treatment at Good Shepherd Services is provided by licensed and credentialed professionals who utilize a Trauma Informed Model of Care, which incorporates elements from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to better treat our population.  We strive to deepen our Trauma Informed Model of Care by increasingly providing assessments and interventions that reflect evidenced based or best practices identified in research about trauma treatment.

Good Shepherd Services started an Expressive Therapy program in April 2015. Expressive therapy is the use of the creative arts as a form of  therapy.  The process of creation is emphasized rather than the final product. Expressive therapy is predicated on the assumption that people can heal through use of imagination and the various forms of creative expression. Good Shepherd Services has four credentialed and licensed therapists who provide expressive therapies in five areas: art, music, dance/movement, psychodrama and recreation. Adjunctive therapies, such as Animal Assisted Therapy, Equine Therapy, Aroma Therapy and Sand Tray Therapy  are offered to residents when clinically indicated by their treatment needs.  Both open-ended therapy groups and issue-focused group therapies are provided based on the needs of the population.  Good Shepherd Services’ therapists ensure that each resident’s treatment progress is reviewed on a regular basis by the treatment team, the resident, the family and the referring agency worker. The therapist acts as a liaison between GSS and the community.