Webster Street Academy and Family Center provides a holistic approach to serve the needs of children, adolescents and families in the Greater Dayton Ohio area.
A recent CARF surveyor reported the following praise, “Webster Street Academy provides extraordinary alternative services for students of traditional schools who are unable or unwilling to learn or maintain appropriate behaviors…The combination of academics and therapeutic supports makes it possible for the students to return to their traditional schools for graduation…Understand that I very rarely give high praise…I love what you are doing here and hope that you can transplant it to other states as well.”
Outpatient Services and Outreach Services are available to provide our clients with Eastway’s full continuum of care.
Outpatient Services is based on the concept that often children need mental health supports despite maintaining adequate school performance. In addition, children who are too young to be enrolled in school may also need such services. Outpatient Services provides family’s access to mental health assistance in a community-based program. Our staff utilizes individual, group and play therapy to help children identify their problems. Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), staff can guide children and focus on improving their quality of life.
Before a student enrolls at Webster Street Academy, a licensed mental health clinician meets with the student and significant other(s) to fully understand the individual’s strengths, weaknesses, history and objectives. Once the clinician has assessed the individual’s mental health needs, treatment recommendations are outlined and a plan is developed to meet the identified needs.
Coping Skills Training
This training promotes specific coping skills that are often underutilized or unknown to adolescents with mental health issues.
Social Skills Training
This instruction focuses on understanding one’s self by focusing on concepts such as: developing self-awareness (e.g. feelings, emotions), building self-confidence (e.g., intimacy, autonomy, success) and ensuring an adequate quality of life (e.g., balance between work, play and personal maintenance responsibilities). Focus areas also include learning to get along with peers and adults by addressing issues such as: becoming socially responsible, building and maintaining friendships, interacting respectfully with authority figures and resolving conflicts.
Individuals who participate in therapy sessions undergo a self-discovery process. This process helps them both recognize better solutions and identify available resources that lead to solutions.
Group Therapy allows individuals to merge their interpretation of reality with other people’s interpretations. This often leads to a better understanding of themselves as well as the world around them. The foundation of Group Therapy is sharing in the experience of others. During Group, therapists help students identify their common bonds and encourage them to recognize and appreciate diversity among their peers.
Case Management services coordinate and link the student and his or her family with community-based services and opportunities that are both needed and desired. The Community Support Specialist focuses on extending the supports of the program beyond the four walls of the building and into the community.
Webster Street Academy offers psychiatric services. Our physicians can complete evaluations and can also provide pharmacological management when necessary. Psychiatric services are optional for all children at Webster Street.