Louisiana Methodist Children's Home Programs and Services
Residential Treatment Services
Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services maintains three residential treatment centers capable of accommodating 128 children who may be admitted from across the state of Louisiana and the nation. These residential facilities are located at the top, heel and toe of Louisiana's boot-shaped geography. Louisiana Methodist Children's Home in Ruston offers 84 beds, Methodist Home for Children of Greater New Orleans in Mandeville provides 20 beds, and Methodist Children's Home of Southwest Louisiana in Sulphur has 24 beds.
Transitional Living Programs
Our Transitional Living Program in Monroe, Louisiana works to assist young people in making a successful transition to self-sufficiency and to prevent long-term dependence on the social services system. Interventions consist of guidance, support, and exercises designed to develop independent living skills and promote personal growth. A supervised apartment environment provides a more realistic independent living experience than a foster or group home. The Transitional Living Program offers older teens opportunities to gain self-sufficiency skills. The Transitional Living Program focuses on educational, vocational, social and interpersonal development.
Professional Support Services
Clinical Services Department
Clinical staff help assess and treat the cognitive, emotional, and relational needs of our residents and their families. There are 12 therapists for the Emergency Shelter Care, CAB, and Residential programs. These therapists meet regularly with the youth, providing individual, group counseling, and case management. They are either licensed professional counselors or licensed social workers or working toward licensure. Two (2) family therapists work with the residents and their families to help them improve their relationships and prepare for the youth's return home when this is possible. A therapist funded by a Crime Victims Assistance grant assists youth in working through traumatization from experience of abuse in their pasts. Clinical Interns from local universities assist the staff clinicians by providing additional counseling services to residents. The caring professionals in the Clinical Services Department work closely with other departments by forming a treatment team for the various living units and by providing support and consultation to staff. Clinicians in the Family Counseling Center and the Family Plus program are also included in the Clinical Services Department.
The Lorraine Howard Educational Center provides quality educational experiences on the Home's campus to residents and offers a GED program to qualified youth who show the potential to achieve a graduate equivalency diploma. "Howard School" is licensed by the Louisiana Department of Education as an alternative school. It is the only alternative school in Louisiana to be designated a "Top Gains" school by Louisiana Department of Education in 2012.
Medical and Health Services are provided to all residents by staff nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians and psychiatrists. Referrals are made to specialists.
The Recreational Services Department provides on-campus and off-campus recreational opportunities for all residents to develop physical and emotional well-being. A comprehensive Summer program is offered adding value to the Summer season.
Spiritual Care is provided through worship services, bible study, music and individual pastoral counseling sessions with the Chaplain.
Life Skills Training Center
The Life Skills Training Center offers successful training for residents and other clients in north Louisiana in preparation for independent living. Services are offered on campus and off campus in communities across North Louisiana.
Out Patient Counseling
The Family Counseling Center offers individual counseling, family counseling and court mediation services to the public. Contracts exist with State of Louisiana judicial districts. Family Counseling Center is located on campus, facing South Vienna (Hwy 167). Phone: (318) 255-5753
Our Family Plus Program offers assessment services, brief in-home counseling, and educational seminars to churches and other groups. There are five Family Plus offices in Louisiana. One is on our Ruston campus, (318) 255-5020, which serves north central Louisiana, one in Pineville serving central Louisiana, one in Monroe serving northeast Louisiana, one in Shreveport serving northwest Louisiana and a Baton Rouge office, (225) 383-5209, which serves Southeast Louisiana.
The Outdoor Wilderness Learning (OWL) Center is an 800-acre, wilderness facility located north of Ruston, Louisiana, with an equine-assisted psychotherapy program, camping, team challenge course, bike trails, fishing and many other activities. The OWL Center is located at 1523 Highway 563, Dubach, Louisiana 71235 Phone: 318-777-3460 Fax: 318-777-9553