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The T.O.P.

The T.O.P. (Therapeutic Outreach Program) is a 6 month, 5 days per week program that encourages more effective choices for all of the youth involved.

The Capricious Child: ‘acting on impulse’

Youth today are being pulled every which way, whether it is from peer pressure, societal pressure, or even parent pressure. Often, for them to do the ‘right thing’, it can mean going against the flow of the mainstream, and for many of them, this is a near impossibility.

Is your child:

  • Experiencing mental health problems, such as ADHD, ADD, RAD, bipolar tendencies, and/or depressive disorders, to name a few?
  • Demonstrating self-harming behaviors, such as cutting? (Note that we will not work with youth who have attempted suicide or have suicidal tendencies, except in unique circumstances)
  • Showing antisocial behavior at home and/or at school?
  • Exhibiting defiant, apathetic, and/or disturbing behavior at home?
If you said yes to one or more of these, then The T.O.P. or The T.O.P. Flex may be beneficial to you.

Difference between The T.O.P. and The T.O.P. Flex

  1. The T.O.P.: The T.O.P. is a day program in Nashville, TN. If you live within a 45 mile radius of Nashville and have a ‘capricious’ child, The T.O.P. may be for you. For complete information on The T.O.P., continue reading below.
  2. The T.O.P. Flex: The T.O.P. Flex has elements of a residential program without the youth needing to go away for long periods of time. If you live outside of Nashville, TN and have a ‘capricious’ child, The T.O.P. Flex may be for you. For complete information on The T.O.P. Flex, please read about The T.O.P. FIRST then click here for The T.O.P. Flex.

What is The T.O.P.?

The T.O.P. (Therapeutic Outreach Program) is a 6 month/5 days/week program that encourages more effective choices for the youth involved. The T.O.P. is designed to come alongside the family and youth for ultimate encouragement and success.

The T.O.P. begins with:

  • Family Blueprint: A Family Blueprint is a plan for change in the family. 4Families works with the youth and family to develop Goals, Objectives and Action Plans, identifying specific concerns that need to be addressed and how they will be addressed. For more details on a Family Blueprint, click here.
  • Family Consultation: 4Families works with the youth and family on a regular basis, through weekly or bi-weekly meetings and at-home support, specifically in the evening and on weekends or on an as needed basis. For more information on Family Consultation, click here.
  • Family Coaching: Sometimes a child and the family may need coaching within the home to help all move in a more healthy direction. Family Coaching is ‘coming alongside’ a family and prodding and encouraging along the way. Family Coaching is only used when it is the desire of the family and it seems to be the best option for maximum results. For more information on Family Coaching, click here.
  • Family Support: 4Families is available at any time, through texts, e-mails, phone calls and personal visits, to encourage and support the youth and family.

A Typical Day

A Typical Day for The T.O.P. looks like this:

  • 8:30-2:30 Charis Woods Academy (Click here for more info)
  • 2:30-5:30 Charis Woods after-School (Click here for more info)
  • Other Consultation as Needed

The goal of The T.O.P. is to provide a structured/supportive environment for the youth involved. For at least 6 months, the youth are involved in our Charis Woods Academy, thus giving us the ability to work with the youth through challenges and on goals that may help them move towards complete restoration.

In addition, we help them find discipline and passion through our Charis Woods after-School program.  Our goal for both of these daily programs is to:

  1. Give them a structure of support and expectation that will help them grow -and-
  2. Give them an atmosphere that eliminates the peer and other negative influences that may be tripping them up.

Four Stages

During The T.O.P, there are four stages. Each stage progresses towards student growth and maturity in the family unit and teaches the parents how to continue to encourage their youth’s success.

For all stages, there is an average length of time with a window of opportunity. A student can reach the next stage in a shorter period of time if s/he is focused. The four stages are:

Stage Name Length Window
1 Learner 300 Points 2 Months (The T.O.P. & At Home)
2 Livewire 250 Points 1 Month (The T.O.P. & At Home)
3 Levitator 250 Points 1 Month (The T.O.P. & At Home)
4 Leader 150 Points 2 Months (At Home)
  • Learner: The word ‘learn’ means to acquire knowledge or skill. This stage is key to finding out whether youth want to learn or not.
  • Livewire: The word ‘livewire’ means energetic & alert. We encourage youth to be alert & ready before s/he achieves Livewire status.
  • Levitator: The word ‘levitator’ means ascending to new heights. This is the stage in which we expect change to be internalized.
  • Leader: The word ‘leader’ means in charge or in command. We will encourage youth in this stage to be leading their peers and in command of their own behaviors.

Process

The purpose of The T.O.P. is to work with a child within the family structure before problems get so serious that more extreme actions must be taken.

If The T.O.P. seems like it could be the right fit for your child, here is the process:

  1. Contact: Either call us @ (844) 54-Family or contact us @ kent@4families.org. You will receive an immediate response to your inquiry.
  2. Apply: Once we have talked to you, you will be asked to fill out an application. Click below for a pdf of the application information.
  3. Interview: Not every youth is admitted into The T.O.P. We are looking for youth and families who are willing to do the work towards healing. Once you have filled out an application, your youth and family will go through a series of 3 interviews. These interviews include:
    • Interview with Parent or Parents
    • Interview with child
    • Interview with Parent(s) and child
  4. Fees: We never want finances to be a hindrance to healing and growth. It is for this reason that we will only discuss fees once a youth has been accepted in the program. Scholarships are available if a family cannot pay the whole amount.

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about The T.O.P. and how it may help your child, contact us @ (844) 54-FAMILY or e-mail @ kent@4families.org.

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Charis Woods Academy

Charis Woods Academy is a PACE Based, Homework Free, Year Round Program that provides a nurturing environment for youth who ‘think outside the box’.

You may have a Capricious, Checked-out, Collective or Curious Child. If so,

-then-

Charis Woods Academy may be for you!

What is Charis Woods Academy?

The goal of Charis Woods Academy is to provide a nurturing atmosphere that encourages youth to excellence both at school and at home. It is a structured environment that rewards good work and behavior and eliminates the influences of negative peer interaction. We treat every one of our students as though they were our own children. Charis Woods Academy is:

  • PACE Based:
    • Emphasis is not on grades but PACE. PACE means Preparation, Aptitude, Creativity & Excellence.
    • Students can PACE past their age and grade. Some students are doing 2 days of work/day.
  • Acceptance Anytime:
    • If you’re child is struggling in a current school program, we can help. Process is simple, give us a call.
    • We have seen a child’s persona change sometimes in the first day they come into our program.
  • Homework Free:
    • Our goal is that they do the work at school. Evenings are reserved for family.
    • Our view is this: If they don’t learn it at school, then we aren’t doing our job.
  • It’s All About the TEAM
    • Classrooms are TEAMs of 5-6 youth…of different ages but similar interests.
    • Each TEAM member learns to lead. Key motto: Less words, more action.
  • We Expect AWEsome behavior
    • AWE means Attitude, Work and Excellence. Excellence means above and beyond.
    • There are rewards for their Excellence. 15+ excellences/wk merits a $5 gift card.
  • School is the length of a Regular Workday
    • Charis Woods Academy is from 8:30-2:30. A time for Education.
    • Charis Woods after-School is from 2:30-5:30. A time for Passion. (For more information, click here.)
  • Year Round
    • Statistics state that youth usually get in trouble after school or during the summer. We want them to want to be at school.
    • It is our view that structured work can be fun. Our goal is that they look forward to waking up in the morning.

Schedule

It does not matter what age your child is, the schedule for all is the same. We have designed a day that works for all ages but at their respective grade level. This is what a typical day looks like:

  8:30-9:00    Quotes and Scripture Memory (For current quotes and scripture, click here.)

  9:00-10:30  Math

  10:30-11:30 Creative Writing

  11:30-1:00    History/English Literature (Projects done each week)

  1:00-2:30     Science (Projects done each week)

  2:30-5:30    Charis Woods after School (For more details, click here)

Classroom Structure and Atmosphere

Each classroom is made up a 5-6 youth with different genders and ages. We work very hard to put youth together that will have the best synergy together. As part of the day, the older youth are expected to help the younger youth. It is just like a family is expected to be. The reason they are different ages is because we have found that it eliminates peer pressure.

The classroom is set up in a circle with each student at a table of their own. Their chairs are pointing outwards with their backs facing away from the teacher. This eliminates distractions and creates a focused atmosphere. Students who may be a distraction to each other are placed with their backs to each other.

Each student does their school work on a Kindle. Each Kindle has all of the detail for the day and all they need to do is get on the Kindle and do the work. If there are projects that require videos or flash, they are given laptops to complete their work.

The teacher can see from her table everything that the student is doing. If there is a need for assistance, all the student needs to do is ask and the teacher can assist.

Rewards and Consequences

Every hour of every day, youth can earn rewards. As mentioned above, each hour, every student is rated and can get a point each for the following:

A is for Attitude

W is for Work

E is for Excellent

Excellent means ‘above and beyond’. There are various ways a student can get an excellent. If they are asked to write one page during writing and they do two, that is ‘above and beyond’. If they help the teacher without being asked, that is ‘above and beyond’. If they complete their school work before the end of the day and do additional work, that is ‘above and beyond’.

At the end of each hour, there are things that they can earn. For example:

  • At 9:30, they can choose to sit on a couch or on the floor to do their work
  • At 10:30, they get a snack.
  • At 11:30, they can eat their lunch
  • At 12:30, they can listen to music
  • At 1:30, they can have another snack

If they are not focused and doing their work, they can either lose or delay the above benefits.

They can always turn their day around. We may have a child who has a bad hour, but we help them understand that they can always turn around their day.

At the end of the week, if a student earns at least 15 excellents, they can earn a $5 gift card. These gift cards are for places like Starbucks, Panera, Sonic; a place of their choice. They get their card on the next Monday.

Parents can also rate their children at home. We expect good and respectful behavior at all times. If youth know that they are also being watched at home and they can earn additional rewards, they work very hard to do the right thing. We also want to encourage families as they work hard to raise their child.

The top 2 students with the largest number of excellents receive additional rewards, rewards that are chosen by their parents.

Bad behavior can have consequences. If a student lies, they might lose all of their excellents for the week. If they are talking or a distraction to others, they may lose their work or attitude points, which means they don’t get an excellent for the hour.

Grades

We do not grade students in the traditional sense. The reason for this is that, if they are doing the work, they will always get 100%. If they don’t get them all right the first time, then they go back, restudy and do it again.

For example, with Math, we focus on a specific Math operation per week and drill it over and over again until we are confident that they ‘get it’. By the end of the week, we test them over the last number of weeks to ensure that the math that they have learned is fresh.

Curriculum

We use one specific curriculum and then wrap around it with a number of other programs. If you are interested in knowing more about our curriculum, contact us at the information below.

Admissions

If you think that this type of school program may be a good fit for your child, please contact us using the information below. Once we have discussed your situation and your child, we will ask you to fill out the following forms:

Fees

Though there are fees for this program, if your child is accepted into the program, we never want finances to be a hindrance to getting help for your child. This is why we do not discuss fees until after we have met with you and your child and have determined that your child would be a good fit for our program. For those that cannot afford to pay the whole amount, we have scholarships available for you.

Contact Us

If you would like to know more about Charis Woods Academy and how it may help your child, contact us @ (844) 54-Family or e-mail @ kent@4families.org.

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