Owens Cross Roads
Sequel Youth and Family Services at Owens Cross Roads, Alabama, was established in 1996 as a residential treatment facility serving females in need of a locked, secure environment and in need of intensive residential treatment services. The program has 30 beds licensed by the Alabama Department of Mental Health with 10 contracted by the Alabama Department of Human Resources as intensive care beds. The treatment staff provides comprehensive, challenging, and therapeutic services for adolescent females ages 12 to 18. Our program utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to focus on maladaptive behaviors and provides rehabilitative services including individual, group, and family therapy; psycho-educational groups; basic living skills groups; medication monitoring; psychiatric and medical care; and peer group dynamics therapy. Our program is very “process oriented” and residents learn to verbalize needs, feelings, and goals in a safe environment. The program utilizes a highly effective therapeutic adventure program as well as Positive Peer Culture (PPC) therapy to emphasize values and team building. PPC therapy empowers residents to make changes by learning from each other, improves social skills and helps them become positive leaders of their peers. Adolescents tend to listen to the advice of peers more than that of adults and the PPC promotes behavior modification wherein youth challenge and change each other with the supervision and guidance by staff members. These new skills are practiced daily.
Intensive Therapeutic Long-Term Program for Females ages 12 to 18
- Females, ages 12 to 18 years old
- Full-scale IQ above 70
- Is impulsive/irresponsible
- Denies and/or justifies negative behavior
- Has problems with anger and aggression
- Demonstrates a low degree of empathy and self-esteem
- Lacks self-discipline
- Exhibits poor coping skills
- Is non-compliant with authority
- Is amenable to a normative culture
Who Do We Serve?
Girls who have had a series of failed placements in outpatient treatments, residential programs or a series of psychiatric hospitalizations. The New Beginnings program serves girls with behavioral and emotional issues, in need of medication monitoring, and comprehensive assessments. Many of our girls have experienced trauma, such as abuse of a physical, emotional and/or sexual nature, which is addressed through the intensive treatment process. Many of the diagnoses served include: Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Behavioral Issues.
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive educational program that will enable the residents to maximize their potential as they will have the knowledge to shape the future and become productive citizens who are contributing members of their community and society. To this objective we will follow the defined principles of our beliefs.
- Every student placed in our care is capable of learning.
- Every child placed in our school has a goodness and strength to be found, regardless of the problems or unacceptable behavior.
- The physical and emotional health of our students is paramount and a physically and emotionally safe environment promotes student learning.
- Every student is worthy of respect and their dignity as a human being should be considered at all times.
- Each student has a unique style of learning and the faculty should strive to meet the learning needs of each.
- Goals and commitments help teach discipline and direct students toward having productive lives.
- Every student is valuable to society and is capable of success.
The time an adolescent spends at Sequel of Alabama at Owens Cross Roads program has traditionally been a period of academic gain, which is significant to your child's overall growth and success.
The objectives for our students are to attend school, demonstrate appropriate behavior and achieve academically, so that they might return with competency and confidence to compete within the public or private school arena, college, military service, or job market.
Students participate in a school program recognized by the state of Alabama as a state supported school and is AdvancED accredited. All teachers hold Alabama teaching certifications. A traditional school year academic program is based on the Alabama College & Career Ready Standards (CCRS) which is a combination of internationally benchmarked Common Core State Standards along with selected Alabama Standards. It is one of the most comprehensive sets of standards in the nation, and ensures students are prepared for a successful future in the ever-expanding global environment. This educational opportunity is provided for each resident as a part of their individualized treatment plan. Summer school is conducted for remediation, enrichment, and credit recovery as needed by students for courses in which the student may have missed or failed in previous school placements.
Providing career/vocational education assists us in preparing students to compete more competently & confidently upon completion of the program. This curriculum prepares residents for life outside of secured residential settings by teaching specific skills and building self-esteem through a variety of activities.
For additional information or to make a referral, please contact:
Bette Moore, MS, LPC,
Sequel Youth and Family Services complies with all PREA federal standards. For more information please visit www.prearesourcecenter.org.