Shepherds Hill Academy Next Step Review
Shepherds Hill Academy is geared towards troubled teens dealing with behavioral issues, mental illness, addiction and other afflictions. Its Next Step program is available for residents who, after 10 months and positive evaluations, are ready and able to move into the next level of care. This allows clients to put their newly acquired life skills to work in real-world circumstances, along with a number of special privileges and acknowledgments. It’s worth mentioning, Shepherds Hill is a Christ centered program. It’s also gender-specific and for ages 12 to 17.
Accommodations and Food
Students in Next Step move out of their outdoor accommodations and into a campus based home. The boys and girls houses are fully furnished, have full bathrooms with showers and electricity. The clients in this level of the program have their own rooms and are allowed TV, movies, and some computer time.
The students prepare their own meals with food that the facility provides.
Treatment and Staff
The Next Step program maintains the Christ centered approach. Consequently, while the students are focusing on more life skills, they are still very active in the church.
This program begins to allow the students more freedom and some additional responsibilities, the opportunity to get a job. The boys and girls have no interaction at any point in the program. From 8 am to 3 pm the students are in school. The afternoons into the evenings include group therapy, experiential therapies, and recreation. In this program the students have free time for a little more than an hour every night.
Life skills classes include money management, cooking classes, and leadership opportunities within the program.
Similar to the wilderness side of the program, there is a five to one student to staff ratio.
There are several on and off campus activities available. Equine therapy usually happens once a week. Some students have on campus jobs, or volunteer in homeless shelters and nursing homes.
Notably, this program is only for the students who make significant strides in the first level of care. While still focusing on a relationship with Christ and taking the time to heal, the students get the chance to apply their newly acquired life skills and earn some money. Above all, the Next Step program prepares the students for what life is going to look like when they are older, and how to navigate difficult times and have positive experiences.
Shepherds Hill Academy Location
2200 Price Rd
Martin, GA 30557
Shepherds Hill Academy Cost
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