Special Programs

Glen Mills utilizes evidence-based programs for juveniles that are based on scientifically sound research, which helps reduce problems or behaviors at the residential facility and help reduce recidivism upon release. This is accomplished by specifically addressing those identified areas of risk and applying targeted specific interventions to address those needs. Results are analyzed in the form of outcomes, which can show program effectiveness.

Competency Based Programs afford even more opportunities for the growth and development for our students in accordance with the Balanced and Restorative Justice principles of competency development. Restorative justice programs will be integrated into the framework of our well established behavior management system. All students  participate in these offerings.

Evidence Based Programs for Juveniles

  • Moral Reconation Therapy, MRT®, is a cognitive behavioral intervention which combines elements from a variety of traditions to progressively address ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth.
  • Coping with Anger® is a MRT® companion program which addresses anger.
  • Parenting and Family Values® is a MRT® companion program which develops parenting skills.
  • Botvin LifeSkills® is used as an intervention to address drug and alcohol issues and violence.

Competency Based Programs

Drug & Alcohol Program - Glen Mills uses a 24 lesson curriculum that utilizes lectures, group exercises, speakers and facilitated discussions to reduce future dependency on drugs and alcohol. 

Gun Violence Prevention - This program is a 16 week curriculum that uses lectures, exercises and speakers to provide gun violence prevention strategies to students. The program utilizes the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfares’ Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services Workbook.

Wellness & Nutrition - This is a comprehensive program designed to give our students the opportunities to experience a higher quality of life through the use of proper diet, nutrition, and exercise.

Independent Living Skills - Based on the Casey Life Skills® curriculum. The course includes subjects such as: Money Management, Home Management, Food Management, Health Care, Safety Skills, Social Skills, Education, Job Seeking Skills, Job Maintenance, Housing, Transportation, Community Resources, Understanding the Law, Recreation and Human Sexuality.