Micah’s Promise will be a residential program serving girls 12-17 who are survivors of DMST. The program will offer a continuum of care including therapy, education, and life skills classes. The program is designed to foster holistic change in the life of each survivor. Incorporating a safe, supportive environment for each survivor, allowing her to heal, grow, and create a new future in her own time. Each girl will be encouraged to set personal goals in her therapy and education.
Every girl will need to be supported by staff and volunteers throughout her journey of healing. The therapeutic services for each survivor in Micah’s Promise Home for Girls will include weekly personal therapy, daily group therapy, and family therapy twice a month.
Therapy programs are Strength-Based and trauma informed, meeting each survivor at her place of need and working towards healing.
Educational success is an important key to removing barriers for survivors in order for them to progress towards living a healthy lifestyle. Micah’s Promise will become a certified Georgia Residential Treatment School under the jurisdiction of Muscogee County School. Because vulnerable girls do not respond to traditional education, Micah’s Promise will provide a hybrid learning style that is an interactive, hands-on, memorable learning environment. Our educational environment allows them to catch up and enables them to self-motivate their own learning.
A self-directed, strength-based program of differentiated instruction has proven to be successful. Academic services will include a personalized curriculum developed for each girl. An accredited online curriculum, will be obtained, which will help facilitate the progression of each girl no matter the current gaps in her education. Providing and addressing the academic gaps of the girls is essential in empowering and securing a successful life trajectory for them.
TRAUMA FOCUSED-COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (MAIN THERAPY)
Trauma focused- cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidenced based therapy and treatment for children with a history of traumatic events, whether multiple events or a single traumatic event. TF-CBT is especially helpful in treating individuals experiencing PTSD. The goals of this treatment are a reduction of the negative behavior patterns, reduce stress, reaction to stress, while increasing a positive emotional state (Goodtherapy.org, 2016).
The benefits of equine therapy are well documented for emotionally traumatized people, including those suffering from PTSD. Equine therapy acts as a catalyst to help traumatized individuals learn to express emotions.
Working the soil to produce food or plants is an activity that organically connects a person to the earth. Gardening Therapy can serve as a way to reconnect victims of trauma with life in a very simple and elemental way. Gardening therapy will present the girls with a clear linear progression. The progression starts from initially digging a hole and planting a seed. Then watching a plant grow as it is continually nourished and the end reward of a mature plant, which bears the fruit of their labor.
Trauma focused and trained foster families will provide mentoring throughout the recovery process when appropriate and necessary. Partnerships with local foster care ministries and child protective agencies are important to facilitate a continuous provision of care and consistency.