Our Awesome Campus
Waterford Country School Therapeutic Boarding Program youth reside in home like setting where they can work together on valuable life skills. Their residence has common areas such as a lounge and a kitchen, an office for staff, bedrooms for residents. Staff and youth make the most of their time together, building relationships and personal skills as they cook breakfast and dinner together, take care of their spaces and enjoy leisure time.
Our dining hall staff provide healthy food options and can make accommodations for special food considerations. In general, we are often able to utilize fruits and vegetables grown in our very own gardens as part of the meal planning here on our campus.
Video Conferencing with families from other regions of the country is available.
As a family member or relative of a student at Waterford Therapeutic Program, you are an integral part of the team dedicated to helping your child succeed. We recognize the significance of your relationship and the important role you play in your child’s life. From the start, we want you to feel involved and informed about your child’s goals here. There will be a Family Orientation in the fall that ALL family members and friends are encouraged to attend. There will be special events throughout the year that you will be invited to take part in, birthdays, holiday celebrations etc.
Our Clinical Services team provides Group meetings for youth every day. Individual attention by a Clinician will be scheduled weekly for each child. Families will meet with the child and their Clinician on a monthly basis. Clinical Services will be tailored to each individual child. Each child comes with a different needs and we can be as unique and creative as we need to be! Our only goal is to create conditions for change and growth.
Health & Wellness
Waterford Therapeutic Program has a highly trained medical team overseen by Sue Sullivan R.N., the Medical Director. Staff is trained in CPR and Epi-Pen procedures. If your child has particular medical concerns, they will be addressed by Sue and her nursing team to provide the individualized care that each child needs on campus.
We take a whole body approach to caring for kids and know how important spirituality is to each human being. Our Spiritual Life Committee plans fun and thought provoking activities for youth on and off campus as a way to encourage faith and growth in each child’s spiritual journey.
Although physical fitness is not our main focus, it permeates everything we do on our campus. There are so many opportunities for physical wellness. We have a Fitness Challenge trail, hiking trails, basketball courts, a baseball field, state of the art gymnasium (with weight room), gardens and so many activities that staff and youth can involve themselves in. In 2015, the Otto Graham Gymnasium was completed, providing student with an indoor activity center for sports, exercise classes, enrichment activities and theatrical presentations. We have adopted the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go Health and Wellness Model and do our best to model simple changes in diet and exercise to maximize the health and happiness of staff and youth. It’s not uncommon to find us planning incentives and group challenges to get us thinking and talking about how we can take even better care of our health!
Our location in Southern Connecticut provides us so many rich opportunities for activity and fun! Some planned activities that our youth have taken part in include:
Beach trips (Ocean Beach, Rocky Neck Beach, Misquamicut Beach all very closeby)
- A day at Lake Compounce
- A day at nearby state parks (Harkness Memorial Park, Devil’s Hopyard, Ocean Beach Park, Bluff Point)
- Ballet at the Garde Arts Center in New London
- Professional basketball game at Mohegan Sun Arena
- Concerts at local churches
- Yoga classes
- Dance classes at Arthur Murray Dance Studio
- Fishing trips on the Mijoy charter boat in Waterford, CT
- Baseball games at the CT Tigers Stadium in Norwich, CT
- Museum trips
- Movie theater trips
- Swimming at local pools
- Corn Maze/Apple Orchards in the fall