New Perspectives
New Perspectives

May 10, 2010, 15:30

East Freetown, Massachusetts
Ben Allen
Director of Admissions

Founded in 1986, Whitney Academy is a specialized residential treatment for male's ages 10-22 years of age who have dual diagnosis of mental illness and a wide variety of sexual behavior problems that may include: aggression, sexual trauma, sexually abusive actions; disorders that may include mood, language, thought and anxiety disorders, hyperactivity and post trauma symptoms of abuse.

Whitney Academy is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Massachusetts Department of Education approved and licensed by the State of Massachusetts. Founders and Directors of Whitney Academy are George and Sheila Harmon. In order to create a safe and homelike environment for the students, Whitney Academy maintains a highly monitored and staff secure program with a one staff to two student ratio, sleeping areas are based on age and peer relationships, and the usage of electronic surveillance cameras in the bedrooms.

Students are assessed at time of admission and given an individual behavior management plan and assigned a staff therapist who will provide clinical services that will include individual and group therapies. In addition, students participate in twice weekly social skills groups addressing specific topics such as sexuality, anger issues, relationships and transition plans; experiential therapies also used include drama and role playing, play therapy, EMDR, biofeedback and movement exercises. Traditional academics are taught daily Monday through Friday in addition to vocational and life skills courses. Physical fitness rounds out the program in addition to staff monitored, social interaction in the community with weekly outings that include roller skating, bowling, going to the movies and mall shopping trips.

[This information came from the Whitney Academy website.]

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