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Initially licensed in 1969 as a foster/group home serving three to five children at one time, Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO) now has five cottages on its 165-acre Wooster campus that are home to as many as 36 at-risk kids whose lives have been turned upside down by abuse, neglect and trauma of all kinds.

Here are just some of the things that make our Children’s Residential Program (CRC) unique.

Our
Campus

Our residential campus sits on 165 acres in Wooster, Ohio where children ages 6-18 reside in multiple cottages that house clients based on age, development, and gender and features individual bedrooms for each client. In CRC at CCHO, our goal is to help residents explore traumatic events and find healing and restoration through a variety of therapy, connection and interactive strategies. We focus on helping residents build skills that will not only make them successful in homes and communities, but will enable them to lead productive lives as adults, breaking the cycles of abuse and neglect that they have experienced.
Our team employs a trauma effective approach to engage residents in a calm and compassionate way, eliciting safety and focusing on relationships and connection, providing 24/7 supervision to all clients. Our SCM certified and trauma effective direct care staffing team creates a 1 to 3 ratio with our clients. This allows for clients to feel safe and our team to focus on preventative strategies, de-escalation skills, incentive plans, and creative interventions to create the least restrictive environment for clients.

Our
Staff

Status
System

Our program utilizes an innovative status system that is directly linked to the resident’s individualized treatment plan goals. This system encourages goal setting, the ability to clearly view progress/outcomes and allows the treatment team to provide a specialized approach to meet the individual needs of clients. Furthermore, our program offers a balance of structure and flexibility to encourage healthy decision making.
Residents are exposed to community integration activities such as sporting events, theatre, museums and concerts. Field days and other campus-wide activities are scheduled to enrich resident life, promote teamwork and social skills and prepares residents for community living.

Community
Integration

Residential
Cottages

Our spacious cottages contain sensory rooms in addition to an outdoor sensory tower and trail that residents can access freely.

An in-ground pool bordered by an open horse pasture, a baseball/softball field, an outdoor basketball court and a geodome provide plenty of physical activity outlets for residents. A vast wooded area with hiking trails as well as a ropes course with a Certified Ropes Course Instructor and a new gymnasium augment the overall experience that residents gain during placement here.

Campus
Activities

Therapy
Services

Therapy services are provided daily to residents and incorporate multi-disciplinary trauma effective methods aimed at trauma resolution, implementation of skills to manage mental health/behavioral concerns and re-integration into community life.

Each cottage has 3 clinical team members focused on providing individual therapy, group therapy and CPST services for the specific population residing in their cottage.

Independent living skills are interwoven into all aspects of client life.  CBT and DBT services are utilized as well as creative techniques such as play therapy elicit safety and freedom in processing traumatic events.  Children get an average of 3-4 hours of individual therapy, 5-7 hours of CPST services and 7 days of Day Treatment groups weekly.

Thrive is an intensive trauma therapy technique. It utilizes the instinctual trauma response (ITR) model to rework how traumatic memories are encoded in the brain. It also focuses on the client’s connection to themselves as well as their connection to others. Each resident has the opportunity to participate in this unique and specialized treatment method while in placement.

Thrive
Treatment

Art
Therapy

Each child is able to participate in individual art therapy to assist in an alternative expression of thoughts and feelings. Residents have the opportunity to explore a variety of art media as they acknowledge and process hurt, grief and trauma from their past.

Equine Therapy that utilizes relationship logic and biofeedback assists in processing trauma and further developing social and coping skills.

Equine
Therapy

Medical
Support

Nursing and Psychiatric services are offered on campus to monitor and manage medication and ensure the overall wellbeing of each child. In addition to using medications conservatively, psychiatric services include holistic viewpoints as well as ongoing collaboration with the cottage treatment teams to ensure efficient and effective medication utilization. GeneSight, a test that combines personal genetic data with medication information, is used to shorten a resident’s road to recovery and optimize medication success

Our Family Integration Specialist looks to support the family unit through the child’s transition into residential care, his/her treatment while here, and the transition back into the home and/or community. We currently are working to develop programming that will allow us to provide more consistent aftercare support for the children and families/foster families involved with the child’s case once he/she discharges from our residential program to continue to ensure a successful transition into the community.

In putting the children first, we seek to put the family first as well in hopes this will build stronger and healthier families and children.

Family Integration
Specialist

Committed
Team

Weekly interdisciplinary team meetings occur to discuss the progression of each child including cottage, life, school performance, therapy and other aspects of resident care.

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