Programs & Services

St. John's Home for Children is a family-centered social service agency that operates a twelve bed Residential Level II group home for preadolescent boys, ages eight to fourteen years, who typically present with being victims of abuse and /or neglect and who also come to us with presenting DSM-V diagnosis such as conduct disorders, affective disorders, attention deficit disorders, and disorders of impulse control. We also have a heavy programmatic emphasis on working with families. St. John's Home for Children does not discriminate service delivery to consumers based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or creed.

St. John's Home for Children embraces an ecological approach to treatment that recognizes a child's "problem” behavior as a manifestation of disturbed interactions within the family. A child in residence is not viewed as "the problem,” but always seen in the context of a hurting, troubled family system. Therefore, to be truly effective, the St. John's Home for Children has adopted the belief that any changes learned by the child while in placement must be transferable to the child's natural home and community. It is for this reason that the family must be an integral part of the treatment. Family involvement is ensured through regularly scheduled family therapy sessions, twenty-four hour phone call availability, on-grounds visits with the child, and weekend home visits. The ultimate goal of St. John's Home for Children is to return the child to his family and community. Situations in which family re-unification is not possible (e.g. parental rights have been terminated) result in St. John's Home for Children advocating for the least restrictive environment possible (e.g. other family members, foster homes, etc.) for the child.

A basic therapeutic aim is to provide a setting and a structure which help reverse earlier trauma and emotional problems by getting the message across to each child and family that staff care about them and will help take care of them; staff are willing and able to manage the child and his difficulties; and staff will teach, and the child and family learn, the skills they need to "make it.” It is of extreme importance that St. John's Home provides a well-defined residential setting that provides a consistent and nurturing environment.

An objective of St. John's Home for Children is to foster a consistency among the total staff as to the philosophy of treatment. Involved in this objective is a recognition that each staff person is of equal importance in the therapeutic setting. Skills are different, but every contribution is viewed as being important. Staff must believe that regardless of their position or their particular job assignment, they may be the one person in the life of a given resident who becomes critical to the trust and growth of that particular child. Therefore, all staff members are involved in the treatment, design, and implementation under supervision of the clinical staff.

St. John's Home for Children’s program is based on a Re-Ed philosophy developed by Nicholas Hobbs at George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee. Re-Ed stands for the re-education of emotionally disturbed children and youth. It is predicated on a systems theory base. The derived treatment model is based less on the concept of intrapsychic conflict as the source of emotional disturbance and more on a definition that emphasizes emotional conflict that derives from interpersonal conflicts and systems (or service delivery defects). A primary goal of St. John's Home is to provide experiences that facilitate and enhance the reunification of the child and his family. Therefore, the participation of the child's parents in tasks, activities, treatment, and the decision making process throughout the child's stay is seen as critical to the attainment of this goal. Parents are strongly encouraged to maintain an active role through: regular visits during placement, participating in school conferences, attending treatment planning and case review meetings, participating in their child's birthday party and other special events, writing and calling their child on a regular basis.

St. John's Home for Children has been designated and licensed by the WV Office of Health Facility, Licensure, and Certification (OHFLAC) as a Residential Children's Services Level II facility, which provides the following types of services:

• Clinical Evaluation
• Treatment Plans
• Case Management
• Behavior Management
• Individual, Group, and Family Therapy
• Supportive Counseling
• Skills Training and Development
• Case Consultation
• Recreation Services
• Character Education

Children placed at St. John's Home attend local public schools. It is believed that a school-based educational component is a critical element in creating a normal environment for children in facilitating the process of mainstreaming and full inclusion. It is anticipated that most of the boys placed with St. John's Home will require special education services, and that these children may already have an Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.) prior to entering our program and the local schools. St. John's Home maintains close communication with the school to intervene as quickly as possible to deal with problems arising at school and to promote the successes of the boys.