Auldern EDGE Program
The Auldern Academy Edge Program is designed for young women, ages 18-21, in need of completing a high school diploma and/or beginning their college careers in a structured and safe setting that provides on-going academic, therapeutic and/or emotional growth support.
With an emphasis on building healthy interpersonal relationships and self-esteem, coaching and mentoring are offered to encourage skills development while enrolled with Edge. Relationship building, forming friendships, and community support are encouraged to further enhance young adults in their journeys to independence and success.
The goal of Auldern Edge is to assist young women in acquiring the skills to live a healthy, successful, independent life, while preparing for college or the workforce. We provide academic counseling and tutorial services to our students throughout the week so that they can feel supported and confident in their academic endeavors.
Clients meet twice weekly with their therapist for individual therapy and attend 2 therapeutic groups as a community each week. Our clients also do bi-weekly family therapy sessions so that families are informed of the client’s progress, while continuing to develop healthy family bonds and relationships.
Our clients are also involved in daily living skills development, to include self-care, time management, budgeting, employment skills, and other independent living skills as needed.
Auldern Edge provides an apartment-like environment that encourages a transition to independence. Cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and time management are all a part of living in this environment. Life Coaching staff offer support and mentorship that is provided throughout the client’s stay. Transportation is available to attend classes where indicated and to meet any employment or academic needs.
Academics & Education
The Academic program is personalized for the individual and may include completing high school diploma course work through our online accredited curriculum, enrolling in online college classes, or attending classes at one of the local community colleges or four-year schools. Vocational and/ or technical schools may also be accessed while enrolled in Edge. We do offer academic tutoring and special education support and follow Independent Educational Plans for those who will benefit from these services as well. SAT/ACT prep classes and testing are also offered as a part of the program, as well as college prep services such as local college tours, college essay writing, common application completion, applications for grants and scholarships, and the filing of college admission applications.
Therapeutic support is another important aspect to this program. Services offered include:
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Independent Living Skills training
- Activity/Recreational Services
- Life Coaching
- Health/Fitness Coaching
- Community Mentorship Services
- Psychiatric Services
Admissions & Enrollment
The Auldern Edge program works with young women struggling with academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs including, but not limited to the following:
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Depression and other Mood Disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- School Phobia / Anxiety / Refusal
- Learning Differences / Disabilities
- Substance Abuse
*While we would like to be a resource for every young person needing these services, we are not adequately equipped to provide treatment to those who display active fire setting, problematic sexualized behaviors, active psychoses, or those in need a primary substance abuse program. An average to above average IQ or evidence of past academic success is indicated for enrollment to Edge.