Teen Challenge Grace Academy is a residential substance abuse treatment program located just outside Perth, Western Australia for anyone over the age of 15. Teen Challenge was founded in the 1950s by a pastor named David Wilkerson, who opened the first facility in New York City. Since then, Teen Challenge has grown to include facilities all over the US and in 80 countries internationally. Treatment is available to both teens and adults, and incorporates faith-based counseling in addition to education and life skills training.
Accommodations and Food
Teen Challenge Grace Academy is located on a 250-acre farm, complete with a lake and livestock. The main building accommodates up to 40 men and women in dorm-style living quarters on separate floors. The bedrooms can fit four clients each and share full bathrooms with showers and stalls. The facility provides dressers and places for personal items, but clients have to bring their own bedding and towels. In addition to the bedrooms and bathrooms there is a gym, dining room, full kitchen, separate living rooms for the men and women and a chapel. During their time in the facility, the men and women have no contact with each other. There is also no smoking or use of tobacco products permitted during the program.
Three meals a day are prepared at the facility by staff and rotating client volunteers. Healthy options are available, as well as snacks. Some dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Treatment and Staff
Like all the Teen Challenge programs, the individualized treatment provided at Grace Academy has a strong spiritual and Biblical element, which includes participating in church services daily. The year-long program is broken into four phases that focus on rebuilding lives, mending relationships and behavior modification. There are group sessions, volunteering, work-study for local businesses, daily chores around the farm and homework assignments like journaling. Twice monthly individual counseling sessions are integrated into the program.
Clients can’t leave the grounds for the first 60 days in the program, and have restrictions on phone calls initially, though as they proceed through treatment, there are opportunities for off campus visitations with family, and on major holidays clients can return home. A typical day involves up to three hours of classes that include Bible study and scripture assignments, and the afternoon is spent volunteering or in a work study program.
Treatment is not based on the 12 steps, but focuses on Christian values and teaching clients to make healthy decisions on a daily basis. During all stages of treatment, clients work with counselors to achieve personal goals set at the beginning of their programs. The Teen Challenge programs do not employ licensed counselors, but have directors and many of the staff members are graduates of the program themselves.
Recreational outings, like fishing and hikes, and house activities, like movie nights and bowling, are a weekly occurrence. Clients families can visit on Saturday afternoons.
Teen Challenge Grace Academy is more a faith-based educational experience than a typical rehab. This facility would not be a good fit for those who are resistant to Christian principles or in need of comprehensive dual diagnosis support, but for others, it’s an intensive, affordable program.
Teen Challenge Grace Academy Location
81 Ellersdale Ave
Warwick, WA 6024
Teen Challenge Grace Academy Cost
One time fee of AUD $1,500 ($1,135 per publishing day exchange rate). Reach Teen Challenge Grace Academy by phone at +61 8 9246 5777 or by email [email protected]gewa.org.au. Find Teen Challenge Western Australia on Facebook
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