Residential treatment at The Village Network represents the most intensive level of care for both boys and girls. Our program is specifically designed for youth facing serious psychological and behavioral issues who require intensive treatment in a short term residential setting, including individual, group and family therapy, psychiatric treatment, nursing care, and expressive therapies. We also provide education through on-site schooling or tutoring that encourages children to learn daily skills and thrive in a healthy, social setting.
Four Locations Serving The Ohio Community
The Village Network operates four Ohio based residential programs are in Wooster, Salem, Bethesda and Mount Vernon. Each location provides short term residential treatment, emergency placements, mental health evaluations and transitional living programs. Each location has a strong focus on the treatment of complex trauma among children and adolescents and integrates the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and Collaborative Problem Solving allowing us to create a culture that greatly reduces the need for high risk interventions like physical restraint. Our residential facilities utilize core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology to aid in the selection and sequencing of therapeutic, educational and enrichment activities that match the needs and strengths of the individual.
Residential Treatment in Wooster, Ohio for Boys & Girls
Youth placed in the Wooster residential programs have oftentimes experienced complex trauma resulting in a host of emotional and behavioral disturbances, including sexual behavior problems and emotional dysregulation. Residential care in Wooster provides unique staff secure programming for both male and female youth ages 10 to 21. The campus includes six units for males along with a unit that provides apartment-style living in our transitional living program with a total capacity for 82 males. Immediately adjacent to the main campus is the girls’ unit that offers housing and treatment for up to 10 girls.
Our Mount Vernon, Ohio location provides emergency placements, traditional residential admissions, and transitional living for up to 20 male and female children ages 10 to 21. Our services include assessment, individual and group counseling, partial hospitalization, and pharmacologic management.
Our Salem, Ohio location provides a short term; trauma informed residential treatment program for girls ages 12-18 in need of intensive mental health services in a home setting environment. Services offered include daily partial hospitalization services, mental health groups and individual and family counseling sessions. We offer comprehensive diagnostic assessments, psychotropic medication management, and psychological and psychiatric evaluations.
Our Bethesda, Ohio residential program serves boys and girls. Our boys program has the capacity for 22 male youth ages 11 to 21, with and without problem sexual behaviors. Our girls’ program provides care for girls ages 13-18 with a capacity of six girls.
Expressive Art, Music, Movement, Horticulture & Equine Therapies
Expressive therapies are essential in providing youth the stability and healing they need while part of our residential care. Expressive arts and vocation learning, when integrated into a treatment program, have been found to help heal psychological wounds and accelerate developmental growth. Here are a few of our therapies that we provide to our residents.
Art Therapy & the Therapeutic Value of Expression
Past traumatic events are difficult for children to talk about. Children with a history of trauma experience can have multiple losses and carry the toxic memories from their past, often leading to a higher risk of experiencing mental health problems as adults. The staff and volunteers at The Village Network are engaged and positively reinforce children in the creative process by providing a safe space for them to express themselves. Because most children enjoy drawing, painting, singing, and dancing, art is a simple way for children to learn multiple forms of expressions. Children express themselves without judgment or criticism. They are given the ability to choose from various creative activities that increase their sense of internal control and willingness to participate.
Music Therapy used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. After assessing the strengths and needs of each client, a music therapist provides the indicated treatment including creating, singing, moving to, and/or listening to music. Through musical involvement in the therapeutic context, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy also provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words. Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas such as: overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement, increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment, providing emotional support for clients and their families, and providing an outlet for expression of feelings.
The Village Network utilizes a one-acre garden to provide horticulture therapy to youth in residential treatment, who have a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges. This program encourages teaching, nurturing, growing, responsibility, greenhouse management, project development, experiential learning, sensory development and exposure. Projects include: hydroponics, spring landscape development, flower of the month club, plant cultivation and development, outdoor garden, campus wide landscaping, and cut flower arranging and instruction. Horticulture Therapy helps improve memory, cognitive abilities, task initiation, language skills, and socialization. In vocational Horticulture Therapy settings, people learn to work independently, problem solve, and follow directions.
Equine Therapy is a form of experiential therapy that involves interactions between patients and horses. Supervised by a mental health professional, and sometimes with a horse care professional, equine therapy involves many activities, including feeding, grooming, haltering and leading a horse. During the youth and horse interaction, the therapist can observe and interact to identify specific behavior patterns, thoughts, approaches and emotions. The goal of equine therapy is to help the patient develop needed skills and attributes, such as accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, and self-control. This type of care and interactive therapy also provides an innovative setting in which the therapist and the patient can identify and address a range of emotional and behavioral challenges.