At Ashcreek Academy we understand that treatment is not passive. In order to change and get better, one must be actively engaged in their treatment or nothing will happen. We provide our boys hands-on opportunities that will push them and help them develop their character and integrity.
Ashcreek Academy teaches students about hard work but also about how to improve communication since it is such an important part of building and maintaining relationships. This doesn’t just happen in the classroom or in group therapy, it happens throughout the day. The boys are constantly pushed to see things from different perspectives in order to be better able to understand themselves and others.
Helping our boys step outside of their comfort zones is an important part of what we do. Trying new things, challenging old thoughts and patterns, and trusting in our relational guides to help them is all a part of the process.
Our students are working on a variety of different lessons through Experiential Therapy and Experiential Education. They are engaging in off-campus activities that involve things such as:
-Educational Field Trips
-Improved Self Worth
Each experiential activity is led by a trained therapist who helps the boys evaluate the successes, failures, and obstacles of the activity – relating the lessons to their personal lives and relationships.
The power of Ashcreek Academy lies in our ability to teach and transform our boys through actions and experiences, not just words. We don’t just teach concepts, we invite our boys to apply them and try them. There wouldn’t be any lasting change if our boys didn’t learn how to integrate the lessons they learn into their everyday lives.
Our setting guarantees that young men don’t just “float through” the program. They soon find out that doesn’t work and that the only way that they will be able to go home is if they actually apply themselves to their treatment. They must apply themselves here, physically and mentally.
In our experience, young men learn by doing. This is why we push and challenge them at our residential treatment center for youth.