Therapeutic Activities

Individual Pastoral Counseling

Each Student is specially assigned to the caseload of a CGA on-site Pastoral Counselor. Along with individual and group counseling, this Counselor is also responsible to ensure a smooth delivery of all of CGA’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 students progress.

Group Counseling

cga-9Group counseling occurs on a regular basis, guided by the pastoral counselors on staff here at CGA.  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 CGA 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:

I. Scripture Reading and Memorization
II. 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
III. 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


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Therapeutic Activities - Teen Challenge School for Girls

Therapeutic activities of the Columbus Girls Academy located in Alabama.