Our Five Therapeutic Levels
At New Lifehouse Academy, troubled teens are encouraged to take ownership of their lives by demonstrating positive spiritual, mental and emotional growth. Our therapeutic methodology for teens is separated into five levels. As teens transition from one level to the next, they are rewarded with more personal privileges and responsibilities, thereby empowering them for the final transition home. Our 5 Level system is NOT a static formula that is applied to each of our teens in the same way. Our levels, instead, provide a framework of developmental goals which allow us to tailor each teen’s program to meet their unique needs while achieving important developmental milestones. The initial “entry” level lasts four weeks, followed by levels one through five, which each lasts around ten to twelve weeks.
Entry and Level One: Know Yourself
When students arrive at NLH, their first task is to understand the choices that led them to their current situation. Students must admit the presence of negative issues, take personal responsibility for their actions, and begin to realize how their own choices have affected their lives and the lives of others around them. Spiritually, we desire to see each student begin discovering, or returning to their identity in Christ. After defining their own core issues, students move toward identifying the triggers for those issues.
Level Two and Three: Choose Yourself
Building upon the knowledge gained in Entry and Level One, students then concentrate on recognizing behavior patterns and identifying those things that tend to initiate the patterns. Once students can recognize those triggers, they learn how to make different choices in response to those situations. Students learn how specific issues contribute to the building of a person’s character. The final goal of Level Two and Three involves seeing problems as opportunities instead of perceiving them as trials. We teach the Biblical principle that our weakness allows the strength of Christ to be displayed in us.
Level Four and Five: Give Yourself
With much of their emotional growth work completed, Level Four and Five students shift their focus to giving to others. While still working through details of their individual issues, teens find opportunities to give back to the students coming through the program behind them. Students also take responsibility for daily aspects of the program as part of their leadership training. Available components of Level Four and Five include Missions Trips and Community Service, along with a project intended to leave a lasting benefit for students who will come behind. Also, during Level Four and Five, we place great emphasis on planning a successful return to the home environment, especially focusing on long-term results.
3-Month Aftercare Program
Upon completion of NLA, students return home for a guided three months. This helps students and parents transition to living outside of a program. The student and parents sign a contract, that they help develop, which helps establish rules and expectations. When Aftercare is successfully completed, the student is now considered a graduate of NLA and will receive a certificate.