The Ingham County Family Center is host to two juvenile court community based programs, Ingham Academy and PRIDE.
Ingham Academy is a day treatment program for court adjudicated youth that is operated by three agencies - Ingham County Circuit Court, Ingham Intermediate School District, and Highfields. Ingham ISD provides the educational component of the program for youth who are placed in the Academy by the Ingham County Circuit Court. Highfields provides behavior treatment and support to the program. This partnership between the three agencies has been in effect since 2007, providing these high risk students a path to learning the life-skills necessary to be productive members of society while earning a high school diploma. In 2011, a fourth partnership with Peckham was created to provide individualized services to students in efforts to enhance education, vocational training and person-centered planning for students striving to maximize their potential and eliminate self-defeating behaviors.
Ingham Academy provides evidence based cognitive behavioral treatment called Aggression Replacement Training® (ART) to all students. ART and is a multi-component cognitive-behavioral treatment to promote pro-social behavior by addressing factors that contribute to aggression in children and adolescents including limited interpersonal social and coping skills, impulsiveness, over-reliance on aggression to meet daily needs, and egocentric and concrete values.
The PRIDE program is an evening reporting program for court adjudicated youth. Ingham County Circuit Court partners with Highfields to provide cognitive behavioral treatment using an evidenced based practice called Thinking for a Change. Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavioral change program for offenders that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills. The PRIDE program lasts for 20 weeks and youth are referred to this program via their assigned Juvenile Court Officer.
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