Programs and Classes
"Thinking For A Change" (TFAC) is a 10 to 12 week class that is taught twice a week. Classes are taught at the school by the Probation Officers. TFAC is taught with two main components: Social Skills and Cognitive Self Change. The first three sessions teach the students how to listen and communicate better with others. The next five lessons teach the skill of cognitive self change. Cognitive self change is designed to help the students recognize their thought patterns and "risky" thoughts or beliefs that often lead to making poor choices and getting into trouble. The students are taught to replace their "risky thinking" with new thinking which should lead to new outcomes. The cognitive self change component is followed by four more social skill lessons.
Family Mediation is a solution-focused technique to reduce conflict in the home between family members. Sessions are facilitated by trained mediators, and results in a contract or agreement signed by all participants.
The Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) deals with the most high-risk youth. It is the desire of the staff that the youth's time in this program be productive. Our program goals include:
- Providing a means to hold the youth accountable for their actions by being on time, going to their appointments, managing their time and meeting daily obligations.
- Offering ways for the youth to develop skills in education
and pre-vocational areas by working with computers, dealing in public
relations, practicing proper social etiquette, cooking, cleaning,
money management, practicing job interviews, resume writing and substance
abuse education. We also tour the community to expose the youth to
different areas of career possibilities. This includes ISU Vo-Tech,
the fire department and paramedics, banks, stock brokerage offices,
insurance companies, radio and T.V. stations and various other businesses.
We distribute a monthly newsletter in which everyone has a part.
This ranges from editorials, art -work, poems, photographs and selling
advertising. Once a week we go out and perform community service.
We do trash pickup, painting, cleaning, sandbagging, etc.
- Addressing areas of special needs through group processing and community providers. The includes utilizing sports, conflict management, smoking cessation and working on self-esteem.
The educational backgrounds of the youth in this program vary from elementary
to high school. They work at these different levels on history, math, writing,
science and literature. Some take and pass their G.E.D. tests and others are
reinstated into school.
For many of these youth, this program is an alternative State’s custody. For others it is a transition from State’s custody back into the community. The program is committed to providing the youth with an opportunity to develop the skills they will need to become productive members of our community.
Participants progress through 3 program phases. The first phase requires the juvenile to attend Drug Court weekly. Participants are graduated to Phase 2 when they have had five straight weeks of remaining clean and sober and have met all other treatment goals. Participants in Phase 2 attend every other week for 3 months. When participants successfully complete Phase 2 by remaining clean and sober and meeting treatment goals, they graduate to Phase 3. Participants in Phase 3 attend Drug Court once each month. They fully graduate the program by remaining clean and sober and meeting the treatment goals for Phase 3. More information on the Courts Page