Using relationship as a primary vehicle of change, River Stones unique treatment model blends
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Nurtured Heart ®
into a unique model that teaches and promotes pro-social skills, emotional intelligence and moral development.
River Stones’ collaboration with top ranked Pomona College has allowed us to take our program to a new level of quality. We work closely their professional team of researchers led by respected and published professors with the oversight of the Institutional Review Board. Clients are tested at intake and every six months to track progress. We also measure the outcomes of specific interventions such as neurofeedback and other interventions used to treat our population. Some of our intervention results are published in professional journals and presented and national conferences. We hope that our treatment interventions not only help our clients, but that they may also be used to inform the broader treatment community about what works with this population.
Quality programs don’t just treat the boy, they treat the entire family system.
Helping youth manage their behavior and then returning them to a broken system just doesn’t make sense.
Our therapists specialize in creating healthy families and getting to the root of the problem. We offer intensive family therapy, which includes a systemic approach, as well as teaching parenting skills specifically designed to parent intense kids.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE
The California state average of High School graduation for foster youth hovers around a dismal 50%.
Through our dedication and commitment to all boys leaving with a High School Diploma, River Stones has been able to achieve a 100% High School graduation rate for those who stay with us through High School.
This is realized by a tight system of accountability, addressing the specific educational needs and having a close relationship with the teachers and school district.
American Academy of Pediatrics rates Neurofeedback Level 1-Best Practice for treatment ADD and ADHD.
Neurofeedback is a non invasive intervention that trains the brain to function better and more healthy. It allows kids to play games using their brain, helping them learn how utilize parts of the brain that need developed in order to control impulses.
River Stones has a fully operating neurofeedback clinic on site to treat our clients and we have experienced amazing success at helping kids be more successful in school and decreasing or eliminating the need for medication.
Rewiring the Brain: Neurofeedback
Transforming their life narrative is a central part of our goal in working with youth.
To help rewrite their story we feel it is imperative to provide positive experiences to help shape a new way of talking about their lives. We have provided some life changing trips and created some great stories for them to tell. Some of these stories include travel, backpacking and camping in:
Revealing Excellence: Transformation over Behavior Change
Our kids often come to us mired in labels, ADHD, Attachment Disorder, Foster child, Special Ed, etc.
Their “inner portfolio” is largely negative and being that they are “intense” kids, they often primarily elicit negative attention. It is our mission and goal to transform that inner portfolio, not just modify behavior.
Our staff are highly trained in the Nurtured Heart Approach ® to hone in on any amount of success or excellence the child displays, and if our lenses are adjusted correctly, we can see the toughest of kids are far more successful than they are unsuccessful.
Refracting the light of this success results in a new identity and transformed view of themselves.