Hoffman Homes for Youth serves children who suffer from a mental health diagnosis to include such disorders as depression, bi-polar, pervasive developmental disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. All children admitted to our program have been identified as being of risk to themselves or others and a large majority have experience physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, as well as trauma.
For this reason, Hoffman Homes for Youth focuses on
providing the best clinical services available. Masters level therapists
(or equivalent based on education and experience) provide individual,
group, and family psychotherapy. These therapists are assigned to
all children in a particular residence and work in close cooperation
with the psychiatrist and treatment team members.
Therapists benefit from individual clinical supervision
from the psychiatrist. Therapy skills are enhanced by regular psychiatric
consultations, case review meetings, and continuing education opportunities.
Each therapist is responsible for regular communication with treatment
team members including parents/guardians and referring agencies.
Group therapy is provided through a variety of modalities
that include discussion, activity, fitness and recreation. Groups
are formed to achieve specific goals and to address specific problems.
Ongoing groups address specific issues such as anger management,
stress reduction, value clarification, sexuality, self-esteem, stimulus
control, and social skills development.
Specialty groups meet in twelve week units and are
designed for children who have specific issues to address. Examples
of some topics may include:
Discharge Group for Youth -- designed
to help children who have 30 days or fewer until their successful
discharge from Hoffman Homes
Drug & Alcohol Group -- provides
a basic understanding of the addiction and healing process
Survivors Group --
brings the subject of sexual/physical abuse into an open, safe,
and supportive setting where feelings can be discussed instead
Grief & Loss Group -- allows
for systematic expression of past severe losses that may still
Trauma Group -- provides a safe environment for children to process trauma while
learning about the recovery process
Hoffman Homes staff are responsible for the care, supervision, and monitoring of the children 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Daily interactions between children and staff are used to build relationships, trust, and respect. Skills acquired through formal education, experience, on-the-job training, and ongoing in-service seminars enable residential services staff to provide the highest quality of care.
Residence bedrooms accommodate 1-4 children and are equipped with motion detectors to help ensure the children's safety. Individual storage areas for clothing and personal belongings are located in each child's area.
Breakfast, dinner, and weekend meals are prepared and served in the residences. All meals, including school lunches, are planned under the direction of a qualified chef and consulting registered dietitian. The meals meet the recommended daily culinary allowances (RDA) as outlined by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council. Meals must also meet the National School Lunch Policy requirements. Children who require specials diets, as ordered by the attending physician, receive meals that are prepared and served in consultation with the dietitian and the American Dietetic Association Diet Manual. Follow-up contacts and nutritional assessments are conducted by the dietitian on a regular basis. Snacks are also provided in the residences each afternoon and evening.
Children participate in many leisure and physical activities. Residences have space and equipment (televisions, computer games, board games, magazines, books, etc.) to provide a variety of opportunities for relaxation. A fishing pond, soccer field, softball field, playground, basketball courts, and beach volleyball court provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. In addition, residences plan special trips to the surrounding communities. Hoffman Homes for Youth has an indoor gymnasium and a fully equipped cardio exercise room. The summer schedule includes a structured daily schedule of therapeutic and recreational activities, field days, and a talent show. These activities are held on the Hoffman Homes for Youth campus as well as outings into the surrounding communities. These cooperative learning activities are designed to teach tolerance, cooperation, and conflict resolution.