Swansea Wood School | Justice Resource Institute

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Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

Services

Swansea Wood School

The Swansea Wood School is a therapeutic coed residential school for adolescents coping with trauma, mental health issues, behavioral difficulties, and/or mild-to-moderate cognitive challenges. We offer students the opportunity to progress academically, remediate past academic challenges, and increase cognitive ability by providing individualized support through clinical, vocational, milieu, and educational experiences.

Swansea Wood School building
At a Glance
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Focus: Coed therapeutic residential school for adolescents coping with past trauma, mental health issues, educational struggles, behavioral difficulties and/or mild-to-moderate cognitive challenges.
Age: 12-22
Gender: male, female, transgender, non-conforming
Capacity: 27
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Maribeth Balzano August
Program Director
789 Stevens Road
Swansea, MA 02777
(508) 672-6560
About the Swansea Wood School

The Swansea Wood School serves adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12 and 22 who have struggled with significant and chronic past trauma and/or organic mental illness and function at a mild-to-moderate cognitively impaired level. Our 27-bed, year-round program encompasses therapeutic services such as individual, group, and family therapy; comprehensive educational services; recreational and athletic activities; volunteer opportunities; and vocational training.

At the Swansea Wood School, we provide each student with a supportive, individually tailored program that balances school, personal life, and community while fostering individual talents that help build self-esteem and deepen relationships. The support provided by the school is far- reaching to help our students find success as they move forward in their lives.

Our fully accredited residential treatment and educational program is Chapter 766 approved and licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

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Referrals

The Swansea Wood School accepts private referrals as well as school system and state social service, youth service, mental health agency placements, and educational agency referrals. Contact us for additional information.

Admissions

Admissions are based upon referral packet information, which includes academic and psychological assessments and previous school history. Upon receipt of a student referral packet, our admissions screening team will initially determine eligibility for admission through review of written information and telephone interviews with the family, guardian, and/or relevant individuals and agencies. The pre-placement interview provides an opportunity for the students, family, and/or referral source to tour the campus and helps assess the appropriateness of the placement.

Focus on the Future

The Swansea Wood School is ultimately about empowering our students with the skills and the hope to achieve their life goals. Our comprehensive array of therapeutic resources include:

Assessment

Therapeutic residential services

Academics

Athletics

Medical-Psychiatric services

Clinical services

Trauma-specific interventions

Aftercare and Community-based services

Competency-building recreational activities

Trauma-informed yoga

Student with dog
Swansea Wood School has made a remarkable difference in my son's life which also makes a remarkable difference in my life.
Parent
World Class Trauma-Informed Treatment

Swansea Wood School is committed to providing each student with the clinical services necessary to help them achieve their goals. We are trauma- informed in all areas of our program, which serves to support the work that students do in individual, family and group therapy. The Swansea Wood School Therapists are all master's-level clinicians who use a wide variety of clinical approaches and techniques in order to best meet the needs of each student. Clinical caseloads are low (about six students per therapist) to allow for intensive treatment and case management services.

The Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework is a core-components treatment model developed to provide a guiding framework for thoughtful clinical intervention with complexly traumatized youth and their care-giving systems. This intensive, individualized approach features an array of services and interventions designed with a single goal in mind: to prepare our students for a strong, healthy future.

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