PORT Group Homes provides residential programming to adolescents, both male and female, who are in need of a safe, structured, caring and respectful environment and who will benefit from 24 hours of supervised living, independent living skills and behavior management.
PORT's program encourages residents to set individual behavior goals that are outlined in their individual behavior plans. The length of treatment will vary depending on the individual resident, their goals and input from the families and referring agencies.
Through an assortment of experiences including individual and group counseling, residents can begin to heal and take responsibility for their own lives. Schooling and recreation are also a part of the PORT program. PORT’s goal is for residents to show success in their program by showing increased progress on their targeted goals as outlined in their individual treatment plan. This progress is measured daily on their individual daily behavior report. Any service identified by the screening as needed by a resident and not provided by PORT will be provided by an outside agency.
Upon admittance, residents are assigned a primary counselor who will read all available history on the resident, look at the assessments and meet with the resident to develop an individual treatment plan. The case plan will be updated as needed and will be shared with the referral agency and family.
Culturally Diverse Environment
PORT's goal is to create an environment that respects differences. PORT’s practice is to allow residents opportunities to speak their native language with each other when appropriate. PORT will make every attempt to find language interpreters for parents or guardians when necessary and appropriate services for deaf residents.
GLBTQ (Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning) Youth
They've been in placement for years, GLBTQ youth, but are only beginning to be recognized as needing services. GLBTQ youth may have been rejected by their families, faced violence in the form of bullying and harassment, and are at risk for homelessness, truancy, chemical abuse, depression and suicide.
PORT recognizes the need of these under-served young people, have trained our staff in GLBTQ issues and welcome this population.
How Residents come to PORT:
1. Court ordered through the juvenile justice system.
2. Through a Social Service agency. Social Services have custody of the child and determine when the child is ready to leave.
3. Through Voluntary placement. Placement is coordinated with social services. The parents or legal guardian retains rights to release the child.
Length of stay
Referral agents contract with our behavioral/cognitive program for a time frame based on the client’s needs.
- Power of Choice
This group is designed to teach residents to think critically about choices. Adolescents face a variety of issues including peer pressure, self-esteem, drugs and alcohol, beliefs and behaviors, sexuality, etc. One group may include the viewing of a video, group discussion and sometimes a written assignment.
A curriculum developed by Arnold P. Goldstein to teach social skills. In Skillstreaming group residents practice 50 pro-social skills by role-playing in small groups. Social skills are addressed one or two at a time and build on one another. Other residents in the group offer supportive feedback to the residents involved in the role-play exercise.
- Emotions Anonymous
In Emotions Anonymous groups, residents read Emotions Anonymous materials and discuss selected topics. Residents are encouraged to share personal issues. The facilitator encourages residents to offer feedback and support their fellow residents.
- Rational-Emotive Therapy
Counselors use texts, videos and workbooks, to provide step-by-step guidelines for individual goal setting and goal achievement. In this group, residents connect to their personal power to change through thought, feelings, and action. The curriculum addresses feelings, anxiety, depression, anger, shame and perfectionism.
- Weekly House Meeting
In weekly house meetings, staff reviews any issues and concerns that affects the residents. Residents are encouraged to air any issues or concerns they may have. Resident have the opportunity to ask for level advancement and feedback from the group on interpersonal relationships and their progress. Staff recognizes residents who are progressing in the program. Staff and residents vote to select the resident who was the best role model during the past week.
- Chemical Awareness Group
In this group residents learn about substance use and abuse, peer pressure and how to cope when someone near to you is chemically dependent. Staff encourages sharing and emotional support from the group.
- Law-Related Education
Law-related education (LRE) teaches residents how the legal and political systems affect them and how they can affect the law. LRE also helps residents develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes necessary to survive in a society governed by laws.
- Sexuality Self-Awareness
Many of our residents lack an understanding of sexual issues, have been sexually abused and participate in unhealthy sexual behavior. PORT uses the "No Easy Answers" curriculum developed by the Illusion Theater. "No Easy Answers" helps residents express their feelings, attitudes and expectations and teaches skills to identify and avoid abusive and unhealthy sexual behavior.
Residents are required to have two one-to-ones (discussion with staff or other residents) every day of the week. Five one-to-ones per week are with staff, two of those with a primary counselor.
The spirituality curriculum encourages residents to explore their own spirituality in a respectful and tolerant environment. Mindful of each resident’s own belief system, a facilitator leads residents through lectures, group discussion, music, story and creative activities that are spiritually based and not aligned with any one particular religious denomination or belief system. Residents may also have individual sessions with a pastoral care counselor.
“Charting A New Course, Truthought Corrective Thinking Process” was created from the work and research of Dr. Samuel Yochelson and Dr. Stanton E. Samenow. Truthought curriculum encourages clients to evaluate barriers to thinking and to replace those barriers with responsible thinking and behavior.
- Anger Management
This group teaches residents to identify angry feelings and those situations that trigger them and presents healthy strategies for managing anger.