Growing up, Bryan* had always been physical and aggressive. He was unmotivated and had poor social skills. He received very little credit in school his 10th grade year in school due to his lack of motivation.

Bryan had become physical with his mother and was placed in a residential treatment facility. Two weeks later, Bryan was referred to Family & Children’s Center Alternative Education LEADERSHIP Program and Half Day Adolescent Day Treatment by a county social worker. He was 16 years old.

FCC’s Alternative Education LEADERSHIP program addresses the needs of students who are not successful in the traditional classroom setting. Adolescent Treatment is a licensed half-day mental health program serving youth struggling with severe emotional, behavioral and/or mental health issues.

Bryan struggled with the LEADERSHIP program right away. He lacked the basic social skills to maintain appropriate behavior and relationships with staff and peers. He was very resistant to follow directions or do any schoolwork.

Bryan turned to verbal and physical aggression to deal with his frustration, throwing desks across classrooms or knocking doors off their hinges. He was very guarded with the staff and resistant to new things and people. A few months into treatment, he was still not improving. The staff decided to keep Bryan out of the classroom for a while and have him earn his way back in.

After spending about two weeks working on coping skills individually with staff, he was slowly integrated back into the classroom. His individual meetings with staff became less frequent. Every week he began to make small improvements. He seemed to turn to coping skills or staff for assistance when a frustrating situation occurred.

Bryan was doing a great job in the program and was very close to meeting all of his goals. He was completing his work, maintaining appropriate behavior in the classroom, and seemed to be turning things around in the school setting.

Because of his success at FCC, staff decided Bryan needed to go back to mainstream school. He was enrolled in a new public school and slowly transitioned into the classroom.

Soon after, Bryan’s new teacher stated he was completing all his work and wasn’t having any issues. Slowly adding more and more time in the classroom, the staff stated they were ready to take him on full time.

Today, Bryan is doing excellent at that same school. Teachers have stated that he is an excellent student and very smart. He is continuing to catch up on his school work every day. Bryan continues to attend the FCC ½ Day Adolescent Day treatment program, for continued support.

*Name has been changed