Male & Female Residential Program

Pathways Adolescent Center’s male residential unit is a 28 bed, privately owned, residential facility located in Oil City, Pennsylvania.  The New Beginnings Residential unit for females is also a 28 bed, privately owned unit located in Oil City, Pennsylvania.  The programs’ purpose is to provide comprehensive care in response to the individual needs of troubled youth and their families in close cooperation with other service providers.  As part of the Residential Programs, Pathways provides Shelter Care for referring counties and a privately licensed academic school.  Our focus is to offer Behavioral Modification Programming while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques with our counseling services.


Motivational Point System

The Residential Programs have a daily point system which each youth will have the opportunity to ascend or descend, depending on how well he/she is able to meet the expectations of the Program and any applicable focal goals of counseling.  Running parallel to one’s movement within the point system is an increasing number of privileges.  Privileges include home passes, late bed, special activity privileges, etc.
The privilege system is designed primarily for group management purposes.  It is a practical framework within which all child care staff can operate in order to manage the routines in an effective and efficient way.  The framework is also integrative, in that the needs of each youth can be fit into this model without individualization at the expense of the group.  Each youth will have the ability to move up and down the point system contingent upon feedback from staff.  This will be done formally on a weekly basis and informally on a daily basis.

Behaviors, which are not acceptable and/or disrupt routine continually, will be considered a rule violation and will be dealt with via staff interventions with subsequent consequences.   The following behaviors are some examples of rule violations:

  • Conversation about drugs in a non-therapeutic setting
  • Violence against oneself, others and/or property
  • Discussing previous delinquent activity in a non-therapeutic setting and disrespect for authority
  • Sexual behavior
  • Absconding behavior


Consequence System

 In following up on these interventions or in general management of behavior, the program will utilize the concept of natural and logical consequences.

In order to manage the facility so that safety and security are maintained for everyone and positive movement towards one’s ISP objectives can be effected, the staff must negotiate behavior in an expeditious, concrete, logical and creative way.  Each child care staff will move through a hierarchy of interventions for inappropriate behaviors.  The following are examples of interventions:

  • Verbal interventions
  • Verbal directive
  • Active listening
  • Time-out
  • Removal of privileges