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Pathways Adolescent Center

 

About Pathways

Pathways Adolescent Center offers both male (PAC) and female residential units (New Beginnings) which are both twenty-eight (28) bed, privately owned, residential facilities located in Oil City, Pennsylvania.  Pathways can also accommodate shelter youth within these programs.  The boys and girls programs accept youth from ages 11-20 years of age.  Pathways also offers a (12) bed step down male program (PAC 2) for youth ages 13-15 that have done well in our residential program.  All programs provide comprehensive care in a response to the individual needs of troubled youth and their families in close cooperation with other service providers.

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Pathways Programs

Empowering Children to Be a Better Version of Themselves

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Male and Female Residential Services

Pathways Adolescent Center offers both male (PAC) and female residential units (New
Beginnings) which are both twenty-eight (28) bed, privately owned, residential facilities located
in Oil City, Pennsylvania. Pathways can also accommodate shelter youth within these
programs. The boys and girls programs accept youth from ages 11-20 years of age. Pathways
also offers a (12) bed step down male program (PAC 2) for youth ages 13-15 that have done
well in our residential program. All programs provide comprehensive care in a response to the
individual needs of troubled youth and their families in close cooperation with other service
providers.
As part of the programs at Pathways, we also provide a privately licensed academic school.
Youth have the opportunity to graduate from our private school, graduate based on IEP goals,
obtain a GED, attend Public school/ local CTE, and take College courses on site. Pathways will
provide all youth placed for 30 days an Individual Service Plan to drive treatment based on the
YLS, case plans, and psychological evaluation. This plan will be updated every 6 months. Our
focus is to offer Behavioral Modification Programming while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy/Trauma Informed techniques with our counseling services.
Pathways is committed to the principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice for our delinquent
youth and implementing evidence based programming within the BARJ framework. Youth are
held accountable through meaningful community service projects and efforts to earn money
towards restitution obligations. Youth also have the opportunity to complete the Victim and
Community Awareness curriculum and understand how their behaviors have impacted others
and the community, and then learn ways they can repair the harm and restore victims.
Competency development and skill building efforts are incorporated in our counseling and
group services, as well as through our educational setting and unit routines.

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Male Transitional Living

Pathways Transitional Living Program provides two (2) twelve (12) bed, privately owned
transitional living homes located in Oil City, Pennsylvania. Its purpose is to provide
comprehensive care in response to the individual needs of troubled youths and their families in
close cooperation with other service providers. The program accepts at-risk, male children
between the ages of sixteen (16) and twenty-one (21). Each youth will spend a minimum of
thirty (30) days in Pathways Residential Program prior to acceptance into the Transitional Living
Program.

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Female Transitional Living

New Beginnings for Girls’ Transitional Living Program is an (8) bed traditional home located in the
community of Oil City. This program equips female youth, ages 16 through 20 years old with the
skills and education necessary to become independent, productive adults. The program’s goal is to
help our youth develop much needed independent living skills in an environment that offers
stability, consistency, and safety. Pathways is very selective with the types of girls placed in this
program; several criteria will have to be met for a female youth to be considered for placement into
this program.
Pathways is committed to the principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice for our delinquent
youth and implementing evidence based programming within the BARJ framework. Youth are
held accountable through meaningful community service projects and efforts to earn money
towards restitution obligations. Youth also have the opportunity to complete the Victim and
Community Awareness curriculum and understand how their behaviors have impacted others
and the community, and then learn ways they can repair the harm and restore victims.
Competency development and skill building efforts are incorporated in our counseling and
group services, as well as through our educational setting and unit routines.

 
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Counseling & Group Services

Specialized Group and Skill Components for male and female youth:
 NCTI Crossroads® and Basic Life Skills Groups
 Trauma Informed Care
 Job Training and Employment Opportunities
 Partnership with OVR and CareerLink
 Educational Services and Credit Recovery
 Independent Living Modules
 Licensed Drug and Alcohol Services
 Therapeutic Interventions that Target YLS Needs
 Community Service Projects
 Restitution/Payment Plans/Personal Banking
 Life Skills Training
Youth will complete Ansell Casey Testing to aid in making an individualized Independent living
plan. These results will indicate his/her strengths, weaknesses, and deficient areas that need to
be addressed. The Transitional Living Component also offers youth the ability to obtain
employment, become involved in community activities, and have additional counseling services
that targets the needs as identified by the Youth Level of Service and/or the Family Service Plan.
Several goals for our youth in the Transitional Living Programs relate to a successful
reintegration into their homes, schools, and communities and completion of YLS and case plan
goals.  We realize the importance of getting the residents either a driver’s permit or photo ID,
gainful employment via CareerLink or in the community, credit recovery and enrichment via our
Private Academic School, and continue therapy via our partnership with Craig Psychological
Associates.
Craig Psychological Associates, Inc. (CPA) administers a majority of the counseling services,
primarily individual and family therapy (mixed counseling). Craig Psychological employs
licensed, master’s level clinicians and is owned and operated by Robert P. Craig, Ph.D., a
licensed psychologist who oversees aspects of treatment and provides psychological
evaluations for youth in our care. The goal of CPA is to provide the highest quality
individualized treatment possible with evidence-based success. CPA also conducts groups for
self-esteem, violence education, problematic sexual behaviors, and utilizes the Seeking Safety
curriculum for female youth with traumatic experiences and substance abuse issues. Therapists
are all trained to provide a trauma focused approach through the treatment course. The
Regional Counseling Center in Oil City also partners with Pathways to provide individual and
group trauma focused counseling and psychiatric services for youth committed to Pathways.

Family Services and Children’s Aid Society provides individual and group substance abuse
counseling at Pathways Adolescent Center. These services are provided by licensed drug and
alcohol specialists assigned to Pathways and include topics of relapse prevention, life skills, self-
esteem, family circumstances, recovery lifestyle, and recreation/leisure activities.
Pathways uses the NCTI (National Curriculum and Training Institute, Inc.) Crossroads® curricula to
target youth need areas such as anti-social thinking, anti-social personality, negative peer
influence, and a range of various dynamic risk factors that influence negative behaviors.
Crossroads ® was designed to provide youth with opportunities to build upon their strengths
and skills in an effort to affect positive behavior change and reduce recidivism. The Crossroads
® curricula is aligned with the latest evidence-based research that uses a cognitive behavioral
approach in a group setting. NCTI groups include Anger Levels 1 and 2, Drugs and Alcohol Levels 1
and 2, and the Cognitive Life Skills Levels 1 & 2.
Pathways also utilizes validated risk/needs assessments such as the YLS (Youth Level of Service,
UCLA Child/Adolescent PTSD Reaction Index for DSM-5, psychological testing, and various child
welfare assessments to determine the appropriate treatment plan for youth. Pre-Post tests,
monthly progress reports, and exit interviews are used to measure a child’s progress through
our treatment curriculums.
Pathways targets the following youth need areas:
 -Attitudes/Orientation (anti-social thinking)
 -Personality/Behavior (anti-social personality)
 -Peer Relations
 -Family Circumstances/Parenting
 -Substance Abuse
 -Education
 -Employment
 -Leisure/Recreation
Responsivity traits such as mental health, developmental age, and trauma history are also
tracked as part of the treatment plan along with family engagement, child safety, permanency,
and well-being.

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Pathways Private Academic

Striving to Make a Difference

Pathways Private Academic School is licensed through the Pennsylvania Department of Education with a Private Academic License. We are able to educate youth grades 3-12 as well as offering an extensive GED program partnered with GED.com. Pathways has a great relationship with our LEA Oil City that can help provide students with incentives such as playing sports, attending public school, and attending the local vocational school.  Oil City also oversees our Special Education Services and provides an Emotional Support and Learning Support teacher. A youth can be interviewed to see if they are an appropriate fit to attend the Venango Technology Center to learn skills such Allied Health Occupations, Auto Body Repair, Automotive Technology, Building Construction, Computer Aided Drafting, Computer Information, Culinary Arts and much more. Pathways feels that our youth come from different backgrounds and have different educational needs, this is why we feel the use of differentiated instruction is best practice. We use an the online platform Edgenuity. This gives us a chance to make each education plan individualized for each youth. Our educational team will always make sure the student has what he/she needs to be achieve academically.

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