Owensboro Campus

Mary Kendall Residential Treatment and Emergency Shelter Programs

Providing for physical, emotional, educational and spiritual needs...

The Mary Kendall Campus treatment programs provide treatment services for adolescent girls ages 11-17 years old. These services include temporary Emergency Shelter and Residential Treatment. These are youth that are classified as non-violent juvenile offenders, who are often status offenders (beyond control, truant, runaway, etc.). Our Residential Treatment program provides more long-term intense mental health treatment for those who have typically been court ordered out of their homes, while the Emergency Shelter allows brief therapy for crisis resolution.

Referrals can be accepted from the following:
  • Department of Community Based Services
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Court Designated Worker Offices: Daviess, Ohio, Hancock, and Henderson counties
  • Private placements as arranged

We believe in recognizing the unique value and worth of each person. Our agency's mental health treatment services offers a philosophy which is a family and child centered multidisciplinary resource that believes children and families can change in a positive manner when they believe in their own strengths. Specifically, the program focuses on the Family Systems Strength Based Model, which enables us to work with the whole family system in whatever form we find it to be.

The goal of this approach is to not make a "healthy" family defined by a theory or idea but to assist the family in making changes that will help them function in a more adaptive, acceptable, productive manner. These concepts require the treatment team to see the whole person with a respectful attitude and to understand the generally noble intent behind all maladaptive behaviors. It is understood that the treatment team builds protective factors for the child/family's social environment when we have a positive attitude in how we perceive the child/family.

Children who have experienced many traumatic events and who have difficulties with relationships benefit from residential treatment based on nurturing, respectful and consistent relationships, in combination with limit-setting. The agency employs appropriate personnel to ensure treatment for emotional and behavioral issues. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker ensures the clinical integrity of the program procedures, interventions and overall services. Program therapists are responsible for mental health services which include assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, recommendations and discharge planning.

The clinical therapists are trained in a variety of specialized evidenced based practices. These include but are not limited to, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)The agency employs a full time Registered Nurse to assess and coordinate medical services. Direct care staff are trained in First Aid, CPR, medication administration and receive ongoing medical training to ensure proper medical treatment for children. The Medical Office also has designated a full time Youth Care Worker that works closely with the nurse to coordinate medical treatment for optimal client care.

Ongoing psychiatric services are provided by RiverValley Behavioral Health, the local community mental health agency.

Individual Treatment Plans are the core component to each client's treatment program and are dynamic in nature, changing as the need arises. Each client has an Individual Treatment Plan to include issues that are or could most likely be problematic for that client. This plan guides the individual toward resolution of the problems that resulted in the need for treatment. Individual, family and group therapy support the mental health treatment process on a routine basis. Clients receive daily therapeutic interventions combined with one to one mentoring and peer support to provide a 24-hour supportive structured milieu. The milieu is organized by a daily schedule, which includes all aspects of service and care.

To provide comprehensive services, the agency also attends to the youth's spiritual needs. The program is community-based and attends local churches each Sunday. Youth also have the opportunity to participate in youth groups as well as other scheduled events. On a weekly basis, youth may also participate in a reflections group to discuss life stressors and how it may relate to faith issues.

Educational services are provided through a variety of settings in the community. These settings could include the community schools at Owensboro Public Schools or Owensboro Day Treatment operated by the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Clinical Services Include:

Additional Information:

*Specialty groups are based on the needs of youths on campus.
**Specific interventions are reviewed on an individual basis during the treatment planning process. Licensed clinicians providing TF-CBT, EMDR, DBT, and Play Therapy have additional training in those processes. Seven Challenges and MET/CBT individual treatment and groups are facilitated by trained staff with oversight as required by licensees of that program.

Weekly Services:

  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Cottage Groups

Using techniques from:

  • Drug and Alcohol Treatment (KYUMH utilizes the MET/CBT therapeutic approach to treatment)**
  • Family Therapy
  • Social Skills Development Group
  • Grief and Loss Group Therapy*
  • Anger Management Group Therapy*
  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT)**
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)**
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)**
  • Play Therapy**
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Multi-Disciplinary Team:

Meets weekly to review the progress of each client.

  • Licensed Clinical Therapists on site
  • Registered Nurse-24 hour access
  • Psychiatrist on campus bi-weekly
  • Dietician-monthly consults
  • Crisis response-24 hour on call for clients
  • Chaplain
  • Residential Youth Care Workers trained to supervise and provide the care and routine necessary for a safe environment

Family Resources:

  • Fuel assistance for visiting parents/guardians
  • Overnight accommodations available for visiting parents/guardians (upon request)

Additional Information

Chapel on site, part time chaplain on campus
Referral to KYUMH Pre-Independent Living/Independent Living Programs (when appropriate)
Recreational opportunities, on and off campus, throughout the year

Descriptions of Evidenced Based Practice (EBP)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

This is an EBP using a cognitive behavioral treatment approach that emphasizes the development of four skill sets: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and distress tolerance. DBT was developed initially to treat suicidality in adults with borderline personality disorder; however, it is now being used effectively in adolescents with similar self-harm behaviors as well as other co-occurring psychiatric illnesses such as depression and anxiety. DBT is an empirically supported technique, meaning that it has been clinically tested for its effectiveness in adolescents and adults.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

is an EBP psychosocial treatment model designed to treat posttraumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. Initially developed to address the psychological trauma associated with child sexual abuse, the model has been adapted for use with children who have a wide array of traumatic experiences, including domestic violence, traumatic loss, and the often multiple psychological traumas experienced by children prior to foster care placement.

The treatment model is designed to be delivered by trained therapists who initially provide parallel individual sessions with children and their parents (or guardians), with conjoint parent-child sessions increasingly incorporated over the course of treatment. Since late 2012, the Mary Kendall Campus has been in a collaborative partnership with the University of KY to comply with fidelity measures to ensure the effectiveness of services being offered.

Contact us for Placement

Pathfinder Residential Treatment/Emergency Shelter
(270) 683-6481