Greenhope provides services to 42 residential and 70 day treatment/outpatient
clients. Greenhope's comprehensive approach to recovery incorporates a variety
of academic enrichment and personal development strategies in order to address
the various needs of the clients. Each program includes:
Substance abuse counseling is offered in individual and group settings.
Individual counseling is provided weekly for approximately one hour
for all clients. If needed, counseling session frequency and length
of time can and will be extended depending on the presenting concern.
Through individual counseling, clients are geared toward self-acceptance
in order to find their voices. Group counseling is provided at various
times and lengths throughout the week.
Group topics include but are not limited to anger management, relapse
prevention, chemical dependency education, domestic violence, and healthy
relationships. Participation in groups teaches women how to cope with
the absence of drug use by discussing and exploring thoughts and urges
of drug use and the possible consequences associated with drug use.
Tasks and role-plays are assigned to assist the women in changing behavior,
thoughts and attitudes.
Greenhope’s programs place a strong emphasis on breaking the
cycle of family abuse. The majority of the women served have experienced abuse
including: physical and sexual abuse as children; battery as women; abuse of illegal
substances; as well as physical abuse of their own children. In addition to individual
counseling around the issues of domestic violence, Greenhope provides an on-going
domestic violence group facilitated by a social worker.
This group allows women to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings about
domestic violence. Specific topics addressed include defining domestic violence,
warning signs of a batterer as well as how to report a batterer, obtainment and
then enforcement of an order of protection, safety planning and how to find local
The legal advocacy supervisor and the court and corrections liaison
are responsible for providing clients with support services to educate
them about their legal rights both individually and as parents. They
also instruct them on how to negotiate various systems in which they
may be involved such as parole, probation, and family and drug treatment
The supervisor and the court liaison conduct legal advocacy workshops, meet monthly
with the parole officers, communicate with the probation officer, accompany clients
to court appearances and advocate on the clients’ and children’s behalf
Greenhope provides a vocational assessment, counseling, evaluation, academic
support, GED preparation, vocational workshops, job training, and job placement
for all clients. Upon entering the program, the Test of Adult Battery Education
(TABE) is administered. This test helps to determine each woman’s grade
equivalent while enabling proper placement for academic remediation and vocational
training. The specific services include:
- Vocational Assessment: Each client meets with the vocational counselor
and a comprehensive overview of her social, legal, medical, educational
and vocational history is conducted in order to develop a vocational
treatment plan. The plan depicts specific strategies to accomplish
the client’s goals within a designated time period. Vocational
counseling continues throughout treatment.
- Vocational Evaluation: If a client cannot determine her educational
goals, once the assessment is completed, a Diagnostic Vocational Evaluation
(DVE) is conducted. The DVE is used to evaluate the client’s
vocational interests and aspirations and/or educational aptitude.
During the evaluation phase, each client performs work tasks related
to her area of interest.
- Academic Preparation: Any woman seeking to obtain her GED or increase her
academic skills attends educational classes on-site every day for a minimum of
eight weeks. Upon completion of these classes, she is evaluated for off-site academic
preparation. Greenhope has established relationships with local educational
and skills building institutions. While attending off-site classes the women continue
to participate in on-site vocational and educational training in order to complete
homework assignments and receive tutoring in specific subject areas.
- Vocational Workshops: A series of vocational groups are provided
in order to prepare the women for joining the work force. Topics such
as Career Exploration, Job Readiness, Interviewing Skills, and Resume
Writing are addressed. In addition, clients learn to answer questions
regarding their incarceration; complete job applications; write effective
cover letters; develop resumes; and learn proper telephone etiquette.
- Vocational Training: Vocational training includes on-the-job training,
classroom instruction, and computer training and/or internships.
- Job Placement and Referrals: Job placement assistance is available
for all women at Greenhope to obtain gainful employment. Clients
may be referred to agencies that assist with job placement such as
Department of Labor, National Association on Drug and Alcohol Prevention,
Center for Employment Opportunities and Ready Willing and Able. The
women have access to fax and photocopying machines, computers and