Tessa Friday, Evergreen Cottage, Unit Coordinator
Tessa graduated from Saint Mary’s University, Winona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Psychology. Upon starting at the Hoffmann Center she became a Sex Offender Certified Counselor to help better understand the adolescents she works with.
Treatment services are provided for boys, ages 11-17, of average intelligence, who have engaged in harmful or inappropriate sexual behavior. The young man must have a pattern of emotional disturbance and behavioral difficulties that necessitates removal from the community and requires a higher level of supervision. Program components include:
Group Therapy – Group therapy is provided to all clients through the use of multi-modal interventions. These interventions (which may include experiential, DBT, empowerment and/or cognitive-behavioral therapy) assist the client in exploring both victimization and sexual offense dynamics as well as develop a Healthy Living Plan.
Individual Therapy – Individual therapy is provided for all clients to address a variety of dynamics and significant issues. Play therapy, EMDR, DBT, and cognitive-behavioral approaches are used.
Family Therapy – Families are invited to be active members of our treatment team. We encourage families to attend family therapy sessions, our Family Education Days, and the bi-weekly parent/caregiver support group sessions.
Psychiatric Services – Psychiatric services are closely integrated with other elements of treatment. Services are provided by a child psychiatrist bi-monthly, monthly, and quarterly basis, depending on the mental health needs of the client.
Education – The St. Peter Public School District offers full-time accredited educational programs for the youth on our campus.
Life Skills – Psycho-educational classes are offered weekly. Courses include: Human Sexuality, Stress Management, Self-esteem, Anger Management, Chemical Awareness, Independent Living (through Lutheran Social Services “On My Own” program), Assertiveness, and Healthy Touch.
Therapeutic Recreation – A variety of therapeutic recreation and program activities are provided daily to assist clients in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary for a healthy leisure lifestyle.
Therapeutic Milieu – A supportive living environment stresses positive, respectful interactions, daily living responsibilities, and positive peer relationships.
Transitional Services – A client’s transitional plan and adjustment to his transition to home, foster care, group home, or another facility is facilitated by the Transitional Services Coordinator for six months after completion of the program.
Progress Reviews – Each client’s progress is reviewed monthly and at approximately eight to ten week intervals by the multi-disciplinary treatment team.