Our clinical emphasis is multi-faceted, including psychodynamic psychotherapy based on interpersonal relationships and the employment of cognitive interventions. We also offer significant individual counseling in the service of maximizing our students' considerable intellectual abilities. We provide understanding and sympathetic help, with psychiatric and psychological counseling as an integral part of our therapeutic school program.
The Grove School ethos is one of caring acceptance. We are a non-punitive, but controlled environment, with patient and carefully-designed assistance in self-management and self-understanding. Each child is seen as an individual, and youth programs are developed accordingly. We stress the development of group living skills within our milieu.
We also recognize, however, the need to deal with each child on the basis of his/her individual issues. A consistent approach, remedial teaching, individual psychotherapy, group therapy, graded responsibilities, creative work in the arts, and therapeutic recreation are the pathways for our active and enriched program.
Individual psychotherapy is an important piece of Grove’s therapeutic school program. At Grove, each child is assigned a clinician who meets with them twice a week for individual psychotherapy. Our clinical staff is comprised of sixteen clinicians with a various backgrounds and areas of training. We have six medicators on staff, including 5 Psychiatrists and 1 APRN. Each of these professionals manage a caseload of students who are on medications and see a small case load of students in individual psychotherapy. The remainder of our clinical staff is comprised of Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Professional Counselors and an Art Therapist.
The students at Grove maintain a confidential relationship with their therapist and work towards a strong therapeutic alliance which encourages and enables the children to talk about the issues and concerns in their life.
All students also participate in weekly group counseling facilitated by a therapist and an administrator. These groups give the teens an opportunity to have their behaviors reflected back to them by their peers in a safe and non-threatening way. It also gives them an opportunity to express themselves in a small group and gain positive experiences in relating more appropriately with their peers. We facilitate theme groups, designed to discuss specific topics that may have been problematic such as divorce, adoption, transition, nutrition or social skills. Art Therapy, Mindfulness and Recreation Therapy groups provide an alternative structure for students who may benefit from a different model.
Clinical Team Approach
The student body is administratively and clinically divided into clinical teams. Each team is comprised of the student's psychiatrist, therapist, advisor, senior administrator and either the principal or assistant principal.
The purpose of these teams is to meet weekly to discuss the student's various issues and to better coordinate and modify treatment plans and approaches where necessary. By keeping each team's census limited, the team model insures that no student is overlooked and that their issues and performance are reviewed on a regular basis.
Since each student is both an individual and a member of a family system, treatment needs to address both their individual issues as well as the family dynamics that are also influencing and shaping those issues. Therefore, it is expected that every student's parents will be actively involved in treatment that focuses on both their individual issues as well as others problems that impact the family dynamics.
Family sessions occur at least once per month and are preferably done in person at the School. In cases of significant distance or other logistical problems, teleconferences can be arranged.
Each student participates in weekly group counseling. These groups are often co-educational and consist of approximately eight students along with two co-facilitators. We have various themes for our groups such as Art Therapy, Recreation Therapy, DBT, Adoption and Transition. Students also participate in regularly scheduled dormitory meetings as well as those called on an as needed basis to address specific issues that arise in the dorm. These process groups focus on interpersonal relationships and community living.Community meetings are an integral part of the therapeutic milieu. These involve all staff and students and occur on a monthly basis to address issues that are relevant to the entire Grove community.