Abraxas Academy, located in Morgantown, Pennsylvania is a multi-service facility which offers Secure Residential Treatment; Transitional Living; Secure Detention and Shelter Services.
The secure treatment program is our largest program in the facility and serves delinquent male youth ages 14 to 18 who demonstrate a consistent display of delinquent patterns through multiple placements, serious charges, and problematic behaviors. Youth are admitted either for habitual offending behaviors or for a history of sexual offending behavior.
At Abraxas Academy, we provide the framework for treatment through the Sanctuary® Model. Sanctuary promotes safety and recovery from adversity through the active creation of a trauma-informed community. These activities and practices enhance treatment outcomes.
Guided by the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model, Abraxas Academy provides youth with tools to make a positive contribution to their communities, while building life skills that will benefit them far beyond their time at Abraxas. Prior to program completion, our secure treatment residents use their learned skills and knowledge around victim awareness, restorative justice and competency development to prepare and present a BARJ Presentation, which is a culmination of all their treatment.
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The Secure Treatment Program serves delinquent male youth ages 14 to 18 who demonstrate a consistent display of delinquent patterns through multiple placements, serious charges, and problematic behaviors. Youth are admitted either for habitual offending behaviors or for a history of sexual offending behavior.
Treatment emphasizes the enhancement of physical, social, emotional and academic development. Upon admission, all residents undergo a comprehensive intake process utilizing a wide variety of assessments. The program offers a combination of treatment modalities. Key therapeutic interventions include individual, group and family therapy. Therapeutic groups are facilitated by master’s level clinicians and psychoeducational groups are facilitated by treatment staff. All masters’ level clinicians also hold a sex offender certification. Groups specifically address the residents' criminogenic needs. Specific focus is placed on Attitudes and Orientation, Personality/Behavior and Behavioral Health, Peer Relations, and Family Circumstance.
Clinical staff assesses competencies through the youth’s ability to comprehend, internalize, and finally apply learned concepts. Through progressive stages of clinical treatment, residents are expected to establish a better understanding of their offense, healthy boundaries, decision making, relationships, empathy, relapse prevention, and overall accountability for their behavior and contributing issues that led to placement.
Interactive Journaling® through The Change Companies® Forward Thinking Series
Drug and Alcohol education utilizing The Matrix Model for Teens and Young Adults and Hazelton Curriculum
The Sanctuary® Model
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Casey Life Skills
PA Victim / Community Awareness Curriculum
Teens on Target: Violence Prevention Curriculum
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Thinking Errors
La Red Leadership Curriculum
The on-site private high school is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Opportunities are available in Culinary Arts, Electrical, Horticulture and Carpentry.
The following training certifications are provided to youth to improve their employability potential: OSHA 10, ServSafe, and First Aid & CPR.
The Academy has partnered with Berks Career and Technology Center to provide residents with hands-on career and technical education opportunities. With the approval of The Court, select students will be provided the opportunity to participate in this off-grounds learning experience.Work Experience
Once residents reach a certain level in treatment and with a court order, they are eligible to work off-site at local establishments.Download the PACTT Matrix
Youth are provided opportunities to earn community service and to earn money to pay toward their fines, costs and restitution. Youth are involved in structured recreational programs on a weekly basis to promote pro-social skills, develop positive self-image and increase self-esteem. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of healthy, drug-free leisure activities. Activities include indoor and outdoor athletic games, climbing wall, music, arts/crafts, and cooking.
Family therapy is offered and encouraged every two weeks and the session is guided by the treatment plan. Abraxas Academy will provide transportation for approved family members to visit once a month. Case managers and/or clinicians provide families with bi-weekly phone updates. Families are invited to participate in quarterly treatment meetings via telephone or in person. Both teleconferencing and video conferencing are available upon request
The Abraxas Academy Next Step Transitional Living Program is an open residential program for delinquent and/or dependent male youth ages 16 to 18 with a focus on completing high school, obtaining employment, career and/or college planning and daily living skills.
Youth who have not yet obtained their diploma or GED, will attend high school at our on-site, private school (9AM–2:30PM M-F) coupled with part-time employment.
Those with a diploma or GED can choose from two different tracks:
Abraxas Academy is a certified PREA Facility
Abraxas Academy is accredited by The Joint Commission
Abraxas Academy has partnered with the Sanctuary Institute for clinical and organizational change
Abraxas Academy is affiliated with the Pennsylvania Academic Career/Technical Training Alliance