The Pointe group home is designed to assist in the rehabilitation of adolescent males with various behavior problems. More specifically, it is a twelve-bed moderate behavioral residential treatment program for male juveniles ranging from ages 14 to 18, with a six to one staff to client supervision ratio.
The minimum weekly treatment at AYS for each teen includes one group therapy session with other youth and a licensed facilitator, and an individual therapy session with a fully licensed clinician, along with two hours of family coaching every week, in the group home and in the family home of the youth. The youth attend an on-site school program through Summit High School (Alpine School District) with appropriate staff supervision, and participate in daily recreational activities, and learn valuable development skills as they prepare for adulthood. Other regular activities to support the positive change in the youth include parent and family therapy sessions, and family support group sessions.
The treatment program is designed to include two portions of treatment, including approximately three months at the group home, working through the first four phases of the program, followed by approximately two months at-home, working through the last two phases of the program. Each youth is assigned a primary therapist and family coach to work with through the entire program, all five months.
The youth are encouraged to work their way through the various phases of programming, gaining increased knowledge and perspective along the way, along with enhanced privileges through the level system. The various phases include the following:
Phase 1: Orientation & Self-analysis - Clients will become oriented to the phases of clinical treatment and the program’s expectations while in a group home setting (3 weeks).
Phase 2: Accountability & Honesty - Clients are encouraged to fully disclose their offenses, demonstrating that they accept full responsibility for behaviorally acting out (3 weeks).
Phase 3: Respect & Boundaries - Values & clarification will be developed to help establish and maintain healthy interpersonal and legal boundaries (3 weeks).
Phase 4: Empathy & Restitution - Clients will begin to understand the impact of violating legal boundaries on primary and secondary victims (3 weeks).
Phase 5: Integrity & Trustworthiness – Once they earn Phase Five, clients will focus on developing healthy and effective interventions to their high-risk cycle of criminogenic behaviors (3 weeks).
Phase 6: Transition - Upon successfully completing the first five phases, the client will develop a plan for a healthy transition from active care to a less restrictive environment, with the safety of the community being the primary focus (3 weeks).