Therapy is a Big Part of Each Girl’s Daily Life at CGA
The first hour of each school day is devoted to a therapeutic focus. Our 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 students to examine areas of their lives that are in need of change. Students are required to complete 11 units from our program before graduation, which is accomplished through meeting daily and weekly goals.
Each evening, we also hold 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 and Conflict Resolution.
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 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 student’s progress.
Group 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.
CGA offers students equine therapy sessions with our equine specialist, Candace Murphy as well as additional opportunities for horseback riding experiences. The horse-human partnership stretches far beyond the barn or arena. Lessons learned with horses help with human to human interactions and problem-solving capabilities. Through horsemanship, we cultivate poise and critical thinking. Students learn that horses are prey animals, acting out of anger or frustration simply does not get you far with them. A big lesson in horsemanship is learning to breathe, remain calm and think through situations. Horses can teach us many things, even when we don’t think we’re learning. They act as a medium for us to find attributes and skills within ourselves and help to strengthen our minds and bodies.
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
- Personal Responsibility
- Peer Reconciliation/Conflict Resolution
Our Aftercare Program
Columbus Girls 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. Columbus Girls Academy will work with the student and family to set up a support system at home before the student graduated from 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.