Counseling and Treatment Programs
At Lakeside Academy we see the potential in each student, and we recognize his destructive behaviors and negative attitudes as symptoms of underlying and unresolved internal needs or issues.
In our 4-level program, we meet each student where he’s at, and then encourage him to take ownership of his life by demonstrating positive spiritual, mental, and emotional growth. We work with him through four different levels, each with its own therapeutic focus, life skills development, and behavioral milestones. As students advance from one level to the next, they are rewarded with more personal privileges and responsibilities.
We also provide licensed chemical dependency and mental health counseling based on assessed needs. Our treatment approach for your son will be based on his individualized clinical assessment, a collaborative working relationship, and an empirically proven cognitive-behavioral treatment model that addresses the whole person (physical, emotional and spiritual needs).
Each student has weekly mentoring sessions with his primary counselor. If your son is assessed to need chemical dependency or mental health counseling, additional sessions will be scheduled as needed. Individual counseling sessions are tailored to address the student’s current needs, taking into consideration his progress in the program, as well as staff and teacher input.
We hold daily community meetings, facilitated by trained addiction counselors and staff. In these meetings, we address community strengths, community problem areas, individual step work and step progression, family dynamics, and we have an open dialogue about progress or concerns for group members. Community Therapy is one place we help our students put love into action. We teach assertive communication skills and how to demonstrate healthy boundaries/care with our peers. We also discuss topics that tend to be broad-based, such as shame; guilt; men’s issues in recovery; sexuality; spirituality; grief; loss; abandonment, and more.
Lakeside Academy’s goal is to help parents understand each aspect of their student’s progress and care by providing:
- Weekly phone calls with your student
- Regular letters from and to home
- Detailed monthly progress reports
Parent Weekends are designed for parents to reconnect with their students, to meet with counselors and staff, and to network with other parents. We host a formal parent weekend 4 times per year. During these weekends you can expect educational programming, time to discuss any issues, worship services, and time alone with your son. In warm weather months, we welcome parents to stay onsite in one of our cozy cabins.
Students may earn up to three home visits during their stay at Lakeside Academy (LA). The purpose of these passes is to allow families time to connect and to gauge the progress of the student outside of direct Lakeside Academy supervision. Families are highly encouraged to uphold the standards and policies of LA during home visits. Home visits are allowed after successful advancement to each level in the program.
- Home visits are not allowed prior to 90 days in the program.
- Level 2 home visit is up to 4 days
- Level 3 home visit is up to 5 days
- Level 4 home visit is up to 6 days
- Passes must be at least 45 days apart from each other
- Passes not used during the level cannot be accumulated
Motivating Positive Behaviors
At Lakeside Academy we use a point system to help students understand the connection between behaviors and outcomes. Students learn that their actions and behaviors directly lead to either rewards/privileges or to negative consequences. When a student demonstrates personal growth and positive behaviors, he earns points toward special privileges and advancement to the next level. On the other hand, negative behaviors result in a restriction of privileges.
Our scoring model focuses on respect, responsibility, resourcefulness, positive peer interactions, and dealing constructively with authority. Many students may come to Lakeside struggling with what it means to live healthily and with a purpose. For this reason, Lakeside Academy utilizes a Behavioral Grading System to evaluate and train students in various areas of character and behavioral development.
This point card serves as a medium for conversations and feedback from staff and for the student to learn the cause/effect relationship to their choices. Although this point card may start by using extrinsic motivation for change, the hope for all students is that they mature past the need of a card and that the values would then become part of who they are – intrinsic in nature and because it is the right and Christian thing to do.