Guiding people on the path to change.
|As published in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette|
|Tuesday, September 11, 2007|
|Bethesda treats whole family to reach anguished teens|
|By MIKE REUTHER|
– You might say it’s a family affair at Bethesda PA Treatment &
That’s because in treating
A. Keen, a caseworker and president of the treatment center, said there
are good, sound reasons for taking the family approach to treatment of
think they are angry because of their circumstances and experiences
they’ve been through,” she said.
“Many kids come from less than healthy backgrounds.”
principal aspect of
all, youth are part of a family unit in need of therapy.
you gather other people around them, you can better solve problems,”
said Keen, a trained psychologist.
believes all individuals are influenced and affected by people in their
orbit, especially family members.
are relational creatures,” Keen said.
those causing problems at home, school or in society,
are doing everything we can to help them from being sent away,” she
The after-school program is
offered to both male and females who report following regular school
days and Saturdays to any one of a number of
The program consists of individual and group counseling sessions, recreational activities and work duties.
week a caseworker assigned to the youth accompanies him to his home for
a family meeting.
the youth is at the facility from after school until early evening, the
caseworker remains on-call 24 hours to provide curfew check, crisis
intervention and other needed services.
said the family therapy sessions help parents, siblings or other members
of the family unit better understand the youth’s problems.
believe all families try their very best,” she said, “But they will
parent the way they were parented.”
example, an abusive family situation often will
e handed down through the generations and be perceived as normal.
is Keen’s belief that many of the kids who end up at
been some kind of major betrayal that has occurred,” she said.
a result, many of them act out in socially unacceptable ways toward
others, including violence.
part of the focus of the day treatment program is to establish rules of
conduct, accountability, even dress.
past behaviors, notably mistreatment of other people, simply are not
tolerated, she said.
who died of cancer several years ago, had come to
changed Nate’s life. He
started living it, applying it. It
worked,” Guigunito said.
explained that the program helped the family see his son’s behavior
from another perspective. The
program also taught his son that he was not a bad person.
“It got Nate in touch with spirituality,” he added.
referred to the program by teachers, counselors and other educators
attend school daily at a
program offers individualized instruction including remedial tutoring,
specialized group sessions and counseling.
are trying to rehav them so they can follow rules in school,” Keen
the other programs offered by
included is the Be Challenged Outdoor Weekend Program, designed to
challenge youths in a camping experience to test their decision-making,
team building and physical skills.
troubled kids who come to
find kids have failed at everything they tried. (But) we believe every
kid has a strength,” she said.
some 600 kids between the ages of 10 and 18
Montoursville site is set to relocate to the former Hope Enterprises
program centers are in