Rancho Damacitas has a dynamic, multi-dimensional, and multi-nuanced approach to treatment.
FORMAL CLINICAL SERVICES:
Rancho Damacitas has a well-defined clinical program that includes five on-grounds therapists. Our therapists conduct individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy. Because our therapists are on staff and carry a caseload of no more than 12, they are able to provide clinical interventions as needed based on what a child needs, regardless of their “therapy schedule.” Our therapists also lead each of our cottage’s treatment team. Each cottage treatment team meets weekly to discuss each child’s treatment progress and make adjustments to each child’s treatment plan as needed.
All of our therapists have been formally trained in evidence-based practices such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, our therapists’ treatment plans are based on evidence-based assessments to determine needs, goals, and implementation strategies. Finally regarding evidence-based practices, our staff is trained in Parenting with Love and Logic.
Rancho Damacitas devotes great resources to skill-building in children involved in our program: Quarterly group pull-out modules/series such as Aggression Replacement Therapy (A.R.T.), vocational exploration, substance abuse education, and social skills training are regularly included in our formal treatment, with children cycling through these various modules based on their individual and specific treatment needs.
Our clinical program also includes our psychiatrist who assesses our children’s mental health needs and monitors their psychotropic medications on our campus on a monthly basis.
THE TREATMENT CULTURE:
Rancho Damacitas utilizes a therapeutic home parent model. This provides a warm family atmosphere vs. an institutionalized environment. It also provides a natural way for a child to learn those skills (Skill Building) needed to be successful back with a family.
We place a high priority on creating a milieu that is relational, mutually supportive, and is focused on the individual needs of each child. Consistent with agency philosophy, our home parents and staff seek out ways to influence children through engaging them in relationship. Thus, treatment is delivered within a relational context, limit setting is delivered in a relational context, life-values are delivered within a relational context, and staff are always seeking opportunities to “fill a child’s emotional cup.” We provide a positive peer culture through such relational engagement, and our therapeutic home parent model allows each cottage to naturally develop a strong sense of community amongst the residents and staff–a community where life values can be taught and role modeled.