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Our Therapeutic Model

Therapeutic Model

Our therapy involves identifying why inappropriate behaviors are occurring, and then addressing erroneous assumptions that may be in place. Through our discipleship curriculum and ongoing pastoral counseling relative to the curriculum content, the students are able to discover their incorrect assumptions and replace them with a relationship with God.

Boys come to us in various states of meaninglessness. They have acquired dysfunctional routes, behaviors, and attitudes to satisfy primary needs of security and significance. We believe that a proper relationship with God will meet those needs.  Therefore the discipleship process is instituted.

Student counseling and education generally involve the integration of principles from various psychological disciplines and with varying philosophical underpinnings.  We embrace the appropriation of this information where it can facilitate discipleship.  Most Christian therapists would state that certainly the goal of any sound therapeutic process is discipleship.

Counseling to Promote Healthy Choices

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Each student is specially assigned to the caseload of a Prayer Mountain Boys Academy on-site counselor. Along with individual and group counseling, this counselor is also responsible to ensure a smooth delivery of all of Prayer Mountain Boys Academy’s services to the student and family. The counselor is the point of contact for the family, available to answer questions and give updates on the student’s progress.

Group counseling occurs on a regular basis, guided by the pastoral counselors on staff here at Prayer Mountain Boys Academy.  This time is utilized to allow students an opportunity to grapple with and resolve commonly faced issues. Students learn to constructively express their thoughts, ideas, and questions in an environment where each member is accepted and respected. Group counseling is not utilized to scrutinize individual members or to glorify past poor decisions.

Our school day begins with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. Our Bible-based curriculum is designed in such a way to emphasize introspective thinking and works hand-in-hand with our Christian counseling. Tailored for the individual student, the work required encourages our students to examine areas of their lives that are in need of change, change that comes through knowing God – His character and His word.

Each evening, we also hold Evening Devotions.  This special time of sharing is staff directed and designed to promote growth and unity in the dorm. Some of the topics that may be discussed include: Positive Peer Influence, Accountability, Personal Responsibility, Peer Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution.

Therapeutic Activities

Individual Counseling

Each Student is specially assigned to the caseload of a Prayer Mountain Boys Academy on-site Counselor. Along with individual and group counseling, this Counselor is also responsible to ensure a smooth delivery of all of Prayer Mountain Boys Academy’s services to the student and family. The counselor is the point of contact for the family, available to answer questions and give updates on the student’s progress.

Group Counseling

Group counseling occurs on a regular basis, guided by the pastoral counselors on staff at Prayer Mountain Boys Academy.  This time is utilized to allow students an opportunity to grapple with and resolve commonly faced issues.  Students learn to constructively express their thoughts, ideas, and questions in an environment where each member is accepted and respected.  Group counseling is not utilized to scrutinize individual members or to glorify past poor decisions.  The focus in group sessions at Prayer Mountain Boys Academy is on change and growth.

Topics or Resources used may include:

  • Anger and Personal Rights, Dave Batty
  • Breaking Free, Beth Moore
  • Growing Through Failure, Dave Batty
  • Pathway to Christian Character, Insight Group
  • Seeing Yourself in God’s Image, Dave Batty
  • Total Forgiveness, R.T. Kendall

Therapeutic Bible-Based Curriculum

The first hour of each school day is devoted to a therapeutic focus. Our bible-based, therapeutic curriculum is designed in such a way to emphasize introspective thinking and works hand-in-hand with our Christian counseling. Tailored for the individual student, the work required encourages our students to examine areas of their lives that are in need of change, change that comes through knowing God – His character and His word. Students are required to complete 11 units before graduation from our program which is accomplished through meeting daily and weekly goals. The curriculum has several different components with many tailored options, the following examples name just a few:

  • Scripture Reading and Memorization
  • Character Quality Studies, including topics such as:
    • Obedience
    • Humility
    • Self Control
    • Courage
    • Responsibility
    • Special Projects such as: God’s Plan for the Family, Does God Have Plans for my World?, A New Way of Talking
    • Forgiveness
  • Book Reports on Books such as:
    • Search for Significance
    • Safe People
    • Boundaries

Evening Group Time

This special time of sharing is staff directed and designed to promote growth and unity in the dorm. Some of the topics that may be discussed include:

  • Positive Peer Influence
  • Accountability
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Peer Reconciliation/Conflict Resolution

Our Aftercare Program

Prayer Mountain Boys Academy is committed to the continued success of our students. Prior to completion of the program a Parent/Student contract will be developed by the counselor, student, and family. The goal of the contract will be to define and uphold the boundaries within the home.  Topics included in the contract include the re-establishment of trust, specific responsibilities, guidelines, conflict resolution, educational goals, and spiritual commitments. Prayer Mountain Boys Academy will work with the student and family to set up a support system at home before the student graduates the program.

Upon graduation, we will periodically contact the graduate and welcome the graduate and family to contact their counselor for further help or guidance following the closure of the program.

Emerging Leaders Program

ELP-Logo-with-Key-in-Yellow-625x135Prayer Mountain Boys Academy is not only interested in recovery but has also recognized the need to train up the next generation of leaders. The Emerging Leader’s program is an extended training program designed to identify, equip and train emerging leaders through mentoring, curriculum, and training though an on-site internship. The ELP is a voluntary opportunity that is available to students enrolled Prayer Mountain Boys Academy. Students who are accepted into the ELP have a three month internship with Prayer Mountain Boys Academy after graduation.

The Emerging Leaders Program also has tracks that are designed for staff members.  These tracks include leadership curriculum as well as study of the Teen Challenge history, core values, ministry philosophy and mission.

Our therapy for troubled boys involves identifying why inappropriate behaviors are occurring, and then addressing what may be causing them.

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Therapeutic Activities of Prayer Mountain Academy

Teen Challenge program dedicated to helping troubled boys get a new start in life. Boys ages 14-17 come to our therapeutic school and ranch in Southeast Georgia from across the United States. We help at-risk boys who struggle with behavioral issues such as: anger, defiance, attention deficit, drug or alcohol abuse, trouble with the law, are otherwise out of control. Our therapeutic program and school for troubled teens offers hope and an opportunity for a new and more productive future. Boarding schools and boys ranches like Teen Challenge provide behavioral therapy for troubled teen boys, with teen counseling. It is among therapeutic programs for at-risk teenage boys, boys with anger, oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), drug abuse, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, or other substance abuse, reactive attachment disorder (RAD), intermittent explosive disorder (IED), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), gang membership, or teenage rebellion.

While Prayer Mountain is not a military school, military schools are often a parent’s first thought when their boy gets in trouble. Military schools can change teen behavior temporarily (out of fear), but lasting change rarely happens from their boot camps. Military high schools rarely enroll troubled teens. Intimidation is the main motivation for change at military schools, not therapy, counseling nor spiritual renewal, so military schools fail to uncover and work on the real reasons why a boy is misbehaving or self-destructing. For a troubled boy, rather than seeking military schools or boot camps, better and longer lasting help can be found from Prayer Mountain.

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