• Devereux Massachusetts

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Specialized Treatment Components

Extended Day Program

An opportunity is available to Day Students for remediation, enrichment and sports activities until 4:30 p.m.

Summer School Program

Devereux School provides a six week summer program staffed by teachers and teacher's aides.

Activities may include:
  • drama, swimming, arts and crafts, basketball, fishing, writing, hiking, rock climbing, academic support, computers, cooking, college preparation and animal care.

Other Treatment Components

NYPUM (National Youth Project Using Minibikes)

The National Youth Project Using Minibikes (NYPUM) was established to help non-profit agencies throughout the country motivate children to improve their behavior. Using a minibike as a motivational tool, youth are encouraged to improve their behavior, excel at school, and become responsible in their community. NYPUM is an ideal way to get school systems, police, probation, local businesses, and other community resources working together in a cost-effective way to help children. Supported by the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., NYPUM has a proven track record of safety and success.

Animal Care
Animal Care The Devereux Animal Care program works closely with Great Dog Rescue New England. Devereux students help foster the animals and facilitate adoptions. The students learn to care for and interact appropriately with the animals. The skills they develop include: grooming, feeding, ear/dental care and socializing. In addition, the students work closely with the teachers to learn how to modify animal behavior as necessary.

Adventure Based Counseling
Adventure Based Counseling (ABC) is a therapeutic skills group program that uses an experiential approach to teach strong, character building skills to students of all ages and abilities. This weekly group engages students in trust building and problem solving activities designed to increase clients self esteem. Teamwork, effective communication and relationship building are all incorporated. Activities vary from simple games to more complicated challenges, which allow students to accomplish difficult goals that they may have felt were unattainable. These interactions occur in a fun, positive, supportive group environment.

  • Groups follow these basic guidelines:
    • The Brief The group is presented with its goals for the day. Group reviews Full Value Contract. Facilitator explains the activity of the day and what is expected.
    • The Activity The group attempts to accomplish goals. If, during this process, difficulties and/or problems arise, the group temporarily ceases and “circles up.” During this time, the group will discuss the problem and come up a solution. Once a plan is agreed upon, the group resumes and attempts to accomplish specified goals.
    • Debrief The group discusses how they feel things went, along with a discussion of what worked well and what could have been improved upon.

"I felt that no one could parent Josh as well as I could. I was wrong. He was cared for and nurtured by the most caring, warm, and loving group of wonderful people. I look at my son today and I give Devereux full credit." -- Lois Brown, parent