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NCJ Number: 164328 Find in a Library
Title: Woodward Academy Dual Diagnosis/Developmentally Disabled CHOICES Treatment Programs
Corporate Author: Youth Services International
United States of America
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Youth Services International
Estherville, IA 51334
Sale Source: Youth Services International
P.O. Box 515
Estherville, IA 51334
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The CHOICES Treatment Program is a behavioral health program of Woodward Academy in Iowa; it provides long-term, comprehensive residential treatment for adjudicated delinquents and other males between ages 12 and 18.
Abstract: CHOICES is 1 of 19 sites operated by Youth Services International. CHOICES combines principles of reality therapy with behavioral technologies. CHOICES serves male youths who have a demonstrated need for enhanced social skills development and who display a range of both cognitive and behavioral deficits. CHOICES has six components: (1) respect, self-awareness, and responsibility; (2) intensely scheduled activities; (3) modified positive peer culture; (4) total behavior change; (5) emphasis on spiritual, mental, and physical education; and (6) work experience. Intensity, integrity, and intimacy are considered integral to the success of students. The treatment program mixes social skills training with physical and confidence training, academic education, and vocational preparation within a modified positive peer environment. Treatment objectives are aligned with established cultural and group norms and learned self-control. Daily and weekend schedules and descriptions of program components
Main Term(s): Juvenile residential treatment centers
Index Term(s): Iowa; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile rehabilitation; Treatment techniques
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