1987 Willowglen Academy NJ has been providing specialized treatment services
for children aged 10-21 who are experiencing emotional and behavioral
treatment services are provided in our 40-bed coed residential facility
nestled in the pristine hills of rural Sussex County. Two transitional
group homes and a third group home for younger children who have developmental
issues complete the programming for children referred by Care Management
Organizations and Youth Case Management.
admission team is the starting place in the Willowglen Academy treatment
process. Once a child is admitted they are assigned a clinician that guides
them throughout their course of treatment.
level system is utilized as the main reinforcement for behavioral change
along with staff relationships. These relationships are supportive and
therapeutically challenging for the residents. Specific cognitive behavior
therapy plans are used in conjunction with the level system.
provides a structured environment that emphasizes consistency and treatment
that is individual to the unique needs and strengths of the child and
his family. Treatment plans focus on skill development, social functioning,
daily living skills, individual, group and family therapies.
level clinicians function as leaders of the multi disciplinary treatment
teams and coordinate the development and implementation of each individualized
plan. A consulting psychologist conducts evaluations and provides consultation
to clinical staff. Our consulting psychiatrist conducts psychiatric evaluations,
medication reviews, case consultation and staff training. Families are
strongly encouraged to participate in treatment planning, family therapy
and discharge planning. Evening and weekend hours for clinical staff are
scheduled to facilitate the family's involvement in the child's treatment.
following services are included but not limited to within our Residential
- 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.
is the philosophy of Willowglen Academy that each child can eventually
become a productive and stable member of society given that their individual
needs are met on a developmental basis during their maturational years.
any additional information including referrals, services, funding, programs
and site tours, contact:
Quinn, Associate Director / Clinical Supervisor
Academy-NJ, Inc. (Newton Campus)
579-5117 ext. 20