Our young men have a broad range of counseling services available. Those services include situational counseling, regular counseling, group counseling, and psychological testing and evaluation.
A word of encouragement is empowering. The first tier of situational counseling is done by the caregivers. Caregivers are trained to handle most day-to-day problems and to know when to refer their charges to the next level. That next level is counseling available from administrators trained to handle specific developmental and personal issues. More difficult issues may result in sessions with a Licensed Professional Counselor, who assists youth with longer-term special counseling needs. In difficult or unusual cases, residents may be referred to a Christian psychologist to evaluate their needs, or to give them special short-term counseling. Youth men also receive counseling from Westview staff as a part of completing their level of care or in preparing their transition plans.
The Home provides regular individual counseling to each young man. This counseling is performed by a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and remains confidential. The counselor seeks to help each youth better understand themselves and to learn how to more successfully cope with their relationships.
Group counseling is conducted from time to time to deal with specific issues experienced by several young men on campus. Every house on campus has regular group sessions working with TBRI principles. Anger management is another example of such counseling.
Psychological evaluation or testing is used to help us identify areas where residents need growth, and help us measure the amount of improvement that they make over time. This testing also allows us to determine how well certain programs work for specific youth. Special evaluations are also available for students with special needs, especially those with learning difficulties.