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Shepherd's Hill Farm (SHF)
Shepherd's Hill Farm (SHF) is a co-ed therapeutic Christian program for troubled teens ages 13-17.
At SHF, therapy is not something that is reserved for an office. Therapy is done everywhere and all the time. Our 30 full and part time staff members are trained to look for "teachable moments" in every activity and in every situation. They use a variety of proven therapeutic strategies, straight from the bible, to challenge faulty thinking and encourage positive changes in students' behavior. Our goal is to equip at-risk and troubled youth struggling with behavioral issues with the tools necessary to become more productive members at home, school, and in the community.
The program takes troubled youth out of their normal comfort zone and requires them to build their own living quarters in the woods. With no electricity, and with the help of counselors and peers, every student succeeds while learning coping skills and communal cooperation necessary for basic daily needs. These skills are designed to be transferable into their societal roles, as rights and privileges are reinstated to the degree that students fulfill their responsibilities and obligations.
After one year in the outdoor therapeutic program, students are eligible for our transition program, "The 'Next Step", which prepares them to re-enter the normal world. Here they can live under supervision in a real house with the use of modern conveniences so they can adjust to a more self-disciplined approach to life.
Residential therapeutic program and school.
Our Georgia state certified junior and senior high educators serve and educate our kids in our on-campus school house each day in compliance with Georgia state law. Since there is no education without a disciplined environment, respect for authority is transferred into the classroom. This comes from the truth, love, time, communication, and consistent training given to each student in the program. Shepherd's Hill Academy is a fully-accredited junior and senior high school by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Courses offered are based on requirements of the state of Georgia's Quality Core Curriculum.
Shepherd's Hill Academy is a fully accredited junior and senior high school by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. State certified teachers work with students each day in compliance with Georgia state law. Courses are offered based on requirements of the state of Georgia's Quality Core Curriculum.
Our outdoor residential therapeutic program and school is located in Georgia. The 80-acre facility lends itself to an atmosphere conducive for learning and growing spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
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"The 'Next Step" program is our program designed for those kids who wish to make an easier transition back into the real world after a year in the woods. After a one year stint in the outdoor therapeutic program, kids are eligible to transition into our "Next Step" program, which finds them living back in a real house with a SHF house parent. Kids return to the use of modern conveniences such as television, CD players, video games, etc, in attempt to adjust them back into the real world with a more self-disciplined approach to life.
The annual cost is $58,900. Medical expenses, insurance costs, co-payments, prescriptions and psychotherapy are not included.
Unfortunately, at the current time scholarships funds are unavailable to the first-year student; however, we do accept Sallie Mae educational loan. Please visit slmfinancial.com (school code 606160) for more information.