The Mary Kendall Campus treatment programs provide treatment services for adolescents ages 11-17 years old. These services include temporary Emergency Shelter and the Residential Treatment for males and females. These are youth that are classified as non-violent juvenile offenders, who are often status offenders (beyond control, truant, runaway, etc.).
Our Residential Treatment program provides more long-term intense mental health treatment for those who have typically been court ordered out of their homes, while the Emergency Shelter allows brief therapy for crisis resolution.
Referrals can be accepted from the following:
We believe in recognizing the unique value and worth of each person. Our agency's mental health treatment services offers a philosophy which is a family and child centered multidisciplinary resource that believes children and families can change in a positive manner when they believe in their own strengths. Specifically, the program focuses on the Family Systems Strength Based Model, which enables us to work with the whole family system in whatever form we find it to be.
The goal of this approach is to not make a "healthy" family defined by a theory or idea but to assist the family in making changes that will help them function in a more adaptive, acceptable, productive manner. These concepts require the treatment team to see the whole person with a respectful attitude and to understand the generally noble intent behind all maladaptive behaviors. It is understood that the treatment team builds protective factors for the child/family's social environment when we have a positive attitude in how we perceive the child/family.
Children, who have experienced many traumatic events and who have difficulties with relationships, benefit from residential treatment based on nurturing, respectful and consistent relationships, in combination with limit setting.
The agency employs appropriate personnel to ensure treatment for emotional and behavioral issues. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker ensures the clinical integrity of the program procedures, interventions and overall services. Program therapists are responsible for mental health services which include assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, recommendations and discharge planning.
The clinical therapists are trained in a variety of specialized evidenced based practices. These include but are not limited to, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, as well as substance abuse treatment with Seven Challenges® program.
The agency employs a full time Registered Nurse to assess and coordinate medical services. Direct care staff are trained in First Aid, CPR, medication administration and receive ongoing medical training to ensure proper medical treatment for children. The Medical Office also has designated a full time Youth Care Worker that works closely with the nurse to coordinate medical treatment for optimal client care.
Ongoing psychiatric services are provided by RiverValley Behavioral Health, the local community mental health agency.
Individual Treatment Plans are the core component to each client's treatment program and are dynamic in nature, changing as the need arises. Each client has an Individual Treatment Plan to include issues that are or could most likely be problematic for that client. This plan guides the individual toward resolution of the problems that resulted in the need for treatment. Individual, family and group therapy support the mental health treatment process on a routine basis. Clients receive daily therapeutic interventions combined with one to one mentoring and peer support to provide a 24-hour supportive structured milieu. The milieu is organized by a daily schedule, which includes all aspects of service and care.
To provide comprehensive services, the agency also attends to the youth's spiritual needs. The program is community-based and attends local churches each Sunday. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in youth groups as well as other scheduled events. On a weekly basis, youth may also participate in a reflections group to discuss life stressors and how it may relate to faith issues.
Educational services are provided through a variety of settings in the community. These settings could include the community schools at Owensboro Public Schools or Owensboro Day Treatment operated by the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Working through The Seven Challenges® helps youth understand what needs they are meeting by using drugs, what harm they are causing, what risks they are taking, and what it entails to give up a drug using lifestyle. We raise consciousness, inspire hope, and motivate internally driven, sincere decisions to change. Our clinicians join with youth and their families as problem-solving partners. We help young people overcome co-occurring problems and learn to meet their needs in positive ways so they are in a position from which they can sincerely make a commitment to change. Once such decisions are made, we teach the tools and provide the support that ensures success. The agency complies with the fidelity measures of The Seven Challenges® Program to ensure the effectiveness of services is being offered.
The Seven Challenges® Program
is an EBP designed for adolescent substance abusing or substance dependent individuals, to motivate a decision and commitment to change. It helps young people look at themselves, understand what it takes to give up a drug abusing lifestyle—and prepare for and attain success when they commit to making changes.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
is an EBP using a cognitive behavioral treatment approach that emphasizes the development of four skill sets: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance. DBT was developed initially to treat suicidality in adults with borderline personality disorder; however, it is now being used effectively in adolescents with similar self-harm behaviors as well as other co-occurring psychiatric illnesses such as depression and anxiety. DBT is an empirically supported technique, meaning that it has been clinically tested for its effectiveness in adolescents and adults.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
is an EBP psychosocial treatment model designed to treat posttraumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. Initially developed to address the psychological trauma associated with child sexual abuse, the model has been adapted for use with children who have a wide array of traumatic experiences, including domestic violence, traumatic loss, and the often multiple psychological traumas experienced by children prior to foster care placement.
The treatment model is designed to be delivered by trained therapists who initially provide parallel individual sessions with children and their parents (or guardians), with conjoint parent-child sessions increasingly incorporated over the course of treatment. Since late 2012, the Mary Kendall Campus has been in a collaborative partnership with the University of KY to comply with fidelity measures to ensure the effectiveness of services being offered.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
Although Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is not an EBP, it has shown usefulness in helping youth working through past traumas. It incorporates the use of horses for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the children and horses to address treatment goals. EAP is an experiential modality.
This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then discussing learned thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, and patterns. While experiential approaches can be conducted in a variety of settings, using unlimited tools, EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings who enhance the experiential process.
The focus of EAP is not riding or horsemanship. Sessions involve setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EAP. EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, families, and groups.
EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs.