All students can benefit from the personal growth available in a supportive context. At the Oakley School, students claim the power of their emotions and learn to exercise intuition, creating balance with the analytical and reasonable aspects of themselves. They learn to be sensitive to their own needs and to the emotions of others, as well. By creating an environment of caring and healing, we empower students to build their own enduring success through education, choices, challenges, and relationships.
Therapy is integrated daily and weekly into each student’s time at Oakley.
- Individualized, strategic counseling is required on an ongoing basis to assist students in taking full advantage of all elements of the Oakley program. Students are required to sign up for a minimum of four individualized therapeutic sessions per month (or more when needed) and check in weekly with their therapist.
- Family Therapy is scheduled weekly with the parents, therapist and student, and is held via telephone conference calls.
- Group Therapy is scheduled several days per week, broken into small school-wide focus groups, dorm-specific groups, and gender-specific groups.
- Recovery Group is built into the class schedule for students in need of recovery support. In addition to group meetings, students can meet individually with the Recovery Counselor. On campus 12-Step meetings are offered weekly, and students are also given the opportunity to attend 12-Step meetings off campus in the local community. A student in recovery typically attends a minimum of one Recovery group and one 12-Step meeting weekly with the option to go off campus weekly.
Every evening, prior to lights out, each dorm comes together for Sun-Down. These gatherings are designed to do a soft check in with each student and to address personal and living environment concerns that naturally arise with our students and dorm life.
Our professionally certified counselors holding master’s or doctorate degrees are an important catalyst for Oakley’s cohesive therapeutic plan. Through these support services, students learn to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.