The Compass Rose Academy approaches therapy from a biblical perspective that incorporates both individual and group counseling. Individually, students meet with their counselors once a week to identify problems in their lives and learn structural and character changes that last a lifetime. Often, this involves counselors helping students to resolve painful events, learn new ways of thinking and behaving and develop new ways of coping with difficult situations and emotions. In addition to these one-on-one sessions, other group counseling activities include work projects, experts group, cottage process group, dialectical behavior therapy skills group, family meetings, self-soothe time and experiential activities.

Work Projects

Students learn the importance of empathy, generosity, compassion and responsibility by participating in work projects at least twice each week. Work projects may include helping the elderly with yard work, volunteering at a local nonprofit agency or helping with campus beautification. Work projects not only build a sense of volunteerism, they also create side-by-side learning and mentoring opportunities for staff to teach and model important interpersonal skills to our students.

Experts Group

Each week, students participate in this group to learn and practice new skills. They are able to choose areas of interest in order to try new things. We believe that part of becoming an adult is learning. With the help of caring staff, young people discover new talents and strengths and find ways to use them positively in their lives.

Cottage Process Group

In this group, students participate in an open and safe environment of sharing, giving and receiving feedback and learning to resolve conflicts in healthy ways. The group becomes a safe place for students to be open and honest while being both supported and challenged by their peers.

DBT Skills Group

This group meets once each week and focuses on dialectical behavior therapy. This form of therapy helps with distress tolerance, emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness and mindfulness. Students learn skills to help them handle difficult emotions and situations they face without causing more pain to themselves or others.

Family Meeting

This group takes place two times weekly and is led by cottage staff as well as student leadership. This is where the cottage “family” makes announcements as well as decisions on various activities and events.

Self-Soothe Time

This is a nightly part of life at Compass Rose as young people begin to wind down and prepare to close the day. Many young people have difficulty self-regulating their emotions for a variety of reasons. Self-soothe time is an opportunity for students, either individually or as a group, to intentionally practice ways of calming and regulation through methods like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, Yoga, Christian meditation or even music.

Experiential Activities

Every week there are specific times set aside for experiential activities that serve multiple purposes. These activities expose young people to new skills, promote team-building and create side-by-side learning opportunities for staff to mentor students and model healthy behaviors. Experiential activities include high/low ropes courses, water sport activities, team-building initiatives and purposeful off-campus trips.