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Christian Therapeutic Academy for Girls from Ohio

We are a Christian Therapeutic Boarding School for girls from Ohio. We are located in the Southeast and we serve girls from across the US. including Ohio. We have international students and have enrolled from 5 different countries.

The Evangelhouse therapeutic boarding school was established in 1995 to serve Christian families with a quality residential treatment option for troubled teen girls.

The strength of the Evangelhouse program is based on our ability to establish a supportive community environment for your daughter. Each staff member is responsible for leading comparable-aged girls on similar topics that are formed based on the unique emotional needs your daughter presents. 

Ohio Girls That Need a Therapeutic Christian Academy

  •   A new national report found that nearly 25% of Ohio residents are experiencing mental health issues (Source: “Mental health issues affect nearly 25% of Ohio adults,” Axios Columbus, Nov. 9).
  •   According to nonprofit Mental Health America’s annual mental health rankings, Ohio slid from 11th to 25th in the nation, meaning the situation dramatically worsened year-over-year.
  •   In fact, Ohio had the third-worst decline in mental health rankings in the nation. The report measures the prevalence of issues as well as access to health care.21% of youth (12-17) in the U.S. experience a severe mental health disorder at some time in their life.
  •   In Ohio, approximately 50% of girls age 14 and older with a mental illness drop out of high school.
  •   One out of five girls ages 12 to 17 had experienced major depression within the last year.
  •   8.9 percent of teen girls experiment with drugs every month.

Want to get to know Evangelhouse more? Click on a button to read about our outcomes, our backstory, or facts and questions about our therapeutic academy for girls.

LEARN ABOUT THE COMPONENTS OF OUR COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY

Spiritual

Evangelhouse Christian Academy is a Christian boarding school based upon biblical principles.

Therapeutic

We integrate professional therapeutic services with Christian, biblical values.

Academic

Our licensed teachers with advanced degrees administer a nationally accredited curriculum.

Social

Every student is included as a valued member of the peer group and part of the positive peer culture.

Physical

Students learn assertiveness, empowerment, mood management, and character development.

Stages

Within each Lifeleaf stage, students have professional feedback to guide their progress and behavior.

Therapeutic Academy for Troubled Girls

We receive a diverse range of teenage girls that include students with learning difficulties, attention deficits, or trauma-related emotional illnesses. Evangelhouse Christian Academy is willing to open its door to help any teenage girl suffering emotionally and academically. Our students may have been turned away from other school settings, but if your daughter can benefit from our program then we will work with you. It is our goal to offer a traditional, academic program that is demanding while addressing our residents emotionally. 

Ultimately, at Evangelhouse we aim to help our residents live productively, successfully, and confidently by applying the coping skills they have gained here.

Notably, we meet our students where they are. Our academic approach is to create an individualized academic plan that defines the academic targets, and assists with their learning and therapeutic process. 

Evangelhouse is a fully approved academic institution that can help students enhance their self-esteem, and self-efficacy, and become lifelong learners. While it is a fact that all pupils can learn; we recognize that some students need emotional and individualized support from their learning community to achieve their goals.

One great advantage of attending Evangelhouse is our smaller class size which allows for greater personalized attention. This also allows for more hands-on, experiential learning to occur. We believe our students gain a richer, more meaningful learning experience when they are able to use appropriate learning tools in the field.  Another benefit to our program is that our academic curriculum runs year-round. This calendar lends itself well to filling in the gaps your child may have missed in their previous academic experience. When your daughter completes her academic program at Evangelhouse Christian Academy she will attend a graduation ceremony and receive an accredited diploma. A benefit of receiving an accredited diploma is that our students may transfer credits if applicable.

Therapeutic Boarding Schools Defined

Therapeutic boarding schools such as Evangelhouse Christian Academy are designed to deal with specific behavioral health issues. We exclusively serve girls in grades 6 through 12 that have mood disorders, ADHD, depression, family discord, defiance, anger, and more.  Girls come to Evangelhouse Christian Academy for approximately a school year or longer. 

Evangelhouse Christian Academy is unique in that we don’t take teens with higher-level needs that require more intensive treatment. Parents are often glad to hear this and that their daughter will not be exposed to higher-level issues that they might experience at a residential treatment center or other locked facility. 

In therapeutic boarding schools like Evangelhouse Christian Academy, academics are administered through qualified teachers and the Louisana Department of Education. We must adhere to strict standards for quality education in order to maintain our accreditation.

Therapeutic boarding schools are not intensive in inpatient psychiatric hospitals. They are more akin to group homes or home-based residential programs. Because students are not physically locked-in like in residential treatment centers, we can enjoy a host of activities like horseback riding, bike riding, soccer, volleyball, community service project, and outings.

As opposed to residential treatment centers com treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools have a stronger academic focus as the student is generally college-bound. Because of this, we put special focus on ensuring our girls are ready to face the challenges of independence in addition to preparing them for a successful transition home

Christian boarding schools for teen girls, such as Evangelhouse, provide a number of advantages. Our girls receive the individual attention they require to avoid falling behind academically from teachers that are academically qualified and also understand the mental health issues the students are enrolled for. Girls acquire resilience and self-reliance at Evangelhouse. Girls who attend have a better chance of developing skills to ensure they are successful in college and beyond.

TESTIMONIALS

When to Choose a Therapeutic Boarding School for Girls

Every therapeutic boarding school is different and has its own focus area. One of the main advantages of a therapeutic boarding school over typical group or individual therapy, even when combined with medication management, is the ability to see a student in her peer groups socializing and communicating naturally.

Under normal circumstances, a therapist has to completely rely on their patient to relay what is going on in their life. Therapists then naturally miss out on so much- nonverbal communication, events that the patient may be left out, and of course the other person’s side of the story.

In a therapeutic boarding school like Evangelhouse Christian Academy, therapists are there with their patients throughout the week. They eat, play, and communicate with the residents and other staff members alike. Also, we include teachers and program staff members in our treatment team meetings. This way, along with parental input, we get a full picture of what is going on with your child and how we can set them on a path to recovery.

Individual, family, and group therapy interventions are structured within the Evangelhouse Lifeleaf™ system. This state-of-the-art system challenges students to work beyond symptom improvement. This unique integrative approach leads students to maturity, insight, and self-awareness. The blend of Christian values and professional clinical psychotherapy includes:

  • Professional assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning
  • Weekly individual therapy
  • Weekly group therapy
  • Parent and family therapy
  • Weekly therapeutic emphasis groups
  • Weekly DBT Therapy skills group
  • The unique Evangelhouse stages of change system
  • Experiential family therapy retreats
  • EMDR Trauma Therapy is available as needed

Ohio Teens and Mental Health

Teenagers in the modern era face difficulties that their grandparents could have never imagined. Electronic media had compounded many of the “typical teen” conflicts that parents and teens normally encounter. Other issues, like issues with authority and control, are as old as time.

At Evangelhouse Christian Academy, we approach treatment knowing that teens’ interactions with their classmates and romantic interests have changed. Many of the issues we see from anxiety to acting out are rooted in screens or as a result of the widespread use of digital communication. 

During treatment, we seek to address a student’s potential lack of crucial interpersonal communication skills such as the ability to recognize social cues. Social skill is a common topic in our therapeutic environment. A lot of the anxiety and stress our students face over socialization can be traced back to excessive use of technology. 

At Evangelhouse Christian Academy, girls learn how to interact without the use of screens. We teach our girls how to manage their social media and texting habits. In insight-oriented therapy, they learn how they consume media, and how media can influence how they communicate, date, learn, sleep, and more.

Our girls focus on the present because they don’t have constant access to the internet. With an absence of digital distractions, girls at Evangelhouse Christian Academy face the issues that led them to our therapeutic community. 

To help combat these stressors, our therapists use:

— Group therapy sessions to develop insight into what is causing stress and to teach techniques to reduce stress. Group therapy sessions are led by a qualified treatment professional. 

— CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT sessions are led by a licensed therapist.

— DBT- Dialectical Behavior Therapy. DBT sessions are led by a licensed therapist.

— Homework assignments to support therapy outside of sessions

— Family therapy to prepare the student for a successful transition back to the home environment.

If you have any questions about the program please call us at 1-800-924-4012 or visit our admission page.

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