Axios Youth Community acknowledges that all clients are on a challenging developmental path toward adulthood. Growing and developing clients share many common features while manifesting unique characteristics. Clients shall be viewed, therefore, in a manner that recognizes individual differences within universal domains/goals. These domains/goals include physical and mental health, cognitive abilities, educational achievement, family/parent/ legal guardian/caretaker support, and interpersonal styles. Each client and family system is malleable and susceptible to environmental influences that may shape individual and family characteristics in ways that promote health, competence and resiliency. The treatment philosophy embraces these perspectives and produces interventions designed to reduce the probability of continued criminal behavior by mitigating risk factors and promoting habilitation / rehabilitation of the clients and their families.
Each client placed at Axios Youth Community receives a comprehensive assessment resulting in an overarching plan of care and subsequently, an individualized treatment plan. These plans are developed and reviewed with input from the client and the client's parent/legal guardian. The various domains of interventions prescribed by the plans are designed to promote healthy development and pro-social lifestyles. These interventions are supported by the belief that therapeutic relationships with caregivers are essential. The following services are available to all clients:
- Psychiatric / Psychological
- Medical / Dental
- Recreation / Leisure, and
- Spiritual / Religious
Axios Youth Community therapeutic groups are conducted by a licensed person through formalized group psychotherapy as defined by state regulations. These groups are conducted within eight different residential arenas and are tailored to meet specific group dynamics. The following list is a general accounting of formalized groups that are recognized at Axios Youth Community:
- Boundaries Group
- Support Group
- Life Skills
- Social Skills
- Conflict Resolution
- Anger Management
- Process-Problem Solving
- Multi-disciplinary Team Meeting
- Accountability (Sexual Offending Treatment)
- Sexual Offense Specific Treatment Group
- Drug & Alcohol Education
- Relapse Prevention
- Drug and Alcohol 12 Step
Milieu Group Therapy
Axios Youth Community conducts milieu group therapy throughout the day to maintain structure, safety and adherence to rules and regulations. The following groups are conducted throughout in all facilities:
A. Family Conference: This group is conducted at the beginning of each residential shift. The purpose is to teach clients to begin to monitor their mental health. Clients must assess their mood, stress level, and identify potential solutions.
B. Accountability Groups: These groups are programmed into the milieu schedule and provide a format for clients to hold themselves and their peers accountable.
C. Program Expectation Groups: This is a staff generated group process to emphasize program expectations. When the clients actively demonstrate rule violations, deviate from the program structure purposefully, or fail to demonstrate group empathy, staff will initiate this kind of group to regain control over the environment.
D. Team Building Exercises: This group is actively led by staff with the intent of reinforcing a positive social environment where residents learn to both provide support for, and be supported by their peers. Team building is usually 40 minutes of activity followed by 20 minutes of group discussions relating to cooperation, group dynamics, and mutual support.
E. Activity Therapy: This group consists of activities designed to teach residential skills such as constructive use of leisure time, appropriate social etiquette, and constructive industry.
F. Conflict Resolution: Many residents suffer from severe social skills deficits. Often milieus are wrought with excessive conflicts that most clients are at a loss to resolve on their own. The primary purpose of this group is to teach clients appropriate and constructive ways to resolve conflicts.
G. Helping Groups: Helping groups are an intricate part of a positive peer culture and help create the social support needed for clients to be successful. These groups are called by clients when they observe one of their peers struggling. The primary purpose is to provide leadership, compassion, empathy, and support in a constructive way.
Axios Youth Community admits youth for an array of placement needs to include:
- Offense Specific Program Placements — Serving a demographic who have been identified for Sexual Offense Specific treatment programs and exhibit the basic skills to function safely in a community based setting.
- Emancipation Placements — Serving a demographic in need of life skills, education fulfillment, job placement and monitoring services.
- DYC Step-Down — Serving a demographic who are in need of job placement and college prep services and are able to thrive in a lower level of care.
Questions about program placement need to be directed to Sabrina Haines
- Pregnant Teen Placement — this program will serve pregnant teenagers in a Group Home level of care, providing prenatal and postnatal supports while teaching parenting and life skills.
- Mother and Child Placement — this program will serve teenage mothers and their children in a Group Home level of care, providing parental, life skills, and educational supports to young mothers seeking to emancipate with support services.
- Girls Emancipation Placement — serving a demographic in need of life skills, education fulfillment, job placement and monitoring services from a Group Home level of care.