serve developmentally disabled children and adults with special needs.
Many of our consumers are diagnosed with autism.
serve our consumers through program models that are interdisciplinary,
client-centered, structured and community-based. Our primary focus
is placed on developing positive, creative environments that recognize
the cognitive/behavioral challenges of our consumers, while providing
opportunities for growth, learning, increased self-determination and normalization.
living in our group home network attend our adult
day programs, or other community based day programs suited to their
special needs or if of school age attend one or more certified, special
our Group Homes the following services are available, but not limited
- Group Counseling
- Individual Counseling
- Family Counseling
are held weekly in blocks of 30 to 60 minutes. Many groups are time
limited and issue specific. Cognitive Behavioral psycho-educational
experiential approaches are used to address anger management, social skills
development, understanding human sexuality, choosing healthy friendships,
personal and interpersonal growth and the development of responsible lifestyles.
sessions are conducted at least twice per week by the consumer's primary
mental health clinician. The clinician is a Master's degree or better,
Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP) or under the direct clinical supervision
of a LIP in the field(s) of Professional Counseling, Social Work, Marriage
and Family Therapy, or School Psychology. Resolution of past traumas,
developing sound cognitive and behavioral coping abilities, rational problem
solving, encouragement and support to complete treatment, family reunification
and/or planning for the future are strongly pursued during the individual
the phone or face to face, the consumer's family/caregiver(s) are engaged
in family empowerment with the clinician. Building upon the strengths
and resources of the family culture, all significant-others are considered
essential to the successful completion of treatment. Whether family
reunification is to occur or an alternative living arrangement is to be
provided, the family/caregiver(s) are encouraged to develop parenting/support
skills that provide the necessary structure, nurture, authority and role
models for the consumer in treatment. The long-term success of the
treatment received is predicated on strengthening and empowerment of the
primary caregiver system.
community homes are located throughout northern and southern New Jersey
in a variety of suburban and rural settings.
Northern NJ Group Homes:
Southern NJ Group Homes:
all referrals and funding come through contracts with the New Jersey Division
of Developmental Disabilities; however, private placements, including
placements by local school districts have been arranged.
additional information including referrals, funding, services, programs
and site tours, contact the following Willowglen Academy-NJ Staff Members:
Mitchell, Associate Executive Director
Academy-NJ, Inc. (Corporate Office North Jersey)
Keith, Associate Executive Director
Academy-NJ, Inc. (Corporate Office South Jersey)
Hill, NJ 08002