Our Counseling Program

counseling program failure to launch young adults penrith farmsThe Penrith Farms counseling program offers direction and confidence for young adults struggling with independent living, and developing a constructive and healthy lifestyle.  Hence, we base our counseling services on the needs of the young adult and their family.  Our program assists troubled young adults in need of help whether they need counseling or not.  Sometimes counseling can be a key part of solving a student’s harmful life choices.  At times, it can do more harm than good.

The counseling program at Penrith Farms is flexible and unique.  Therefore, as part of our program, counselors are available to give individual, group, and family therapy if needed. We know the benefits of traditional counseling but we do not compel students to take part.  Many students come to our farm oppositional towards counseling because of years of unwillingly participation.  It is also not true to say that all our students need formal counseling.  So, we find that by giving students the choice to engage we get more involvement.

Our Counselors

The counselors at our counseling program actively engage the students on the farm.  Therefore, they know the students very well outside of counseling.  While our counselors work with all the staff to stay abreast of how they are doing.  We share details, with consent, about what they are working on with staff so they can help them with their therapeutic goals.  It is also very important that parents work with our counselors too.  Parents will stay up to date with their young adult’s progress along with help in learning how to deal with reactivity.

As we have said before, our failure to launch program is a working farm and not a lock down facility.  Nor are we a Wilderness Therapy Program out in the middle of nowhere.  The theory behind Wilderness Therapy is that if troubled young adults are removed from all their prior self-sabotaging distractions they will be less resistant to treatment.  The problem with this theory is that locked down facilities and Wilderness Therapy Programs work within a vacuum.  That is to say, “if you have no means of getting into trouble you won’t get into trouble.”

Penrith Farms has what we like to think of as a solution oriented form of counseling.  This model allows us to deal with real issues as they come up in a spontaneous manner rather than allowing them to develop into problems.  Most of the counseling that takes place on the farm is done in a non-formal interaction that takes place as issues are developing or as they happen.  When people lie or triangulate, we challenge them as an individual and bring their actions into question.  While it might sound simplistic, we see honesty and respect as an integral part of development.

Our Counseling Program Helps

Penrith Farms helps troubled young adults struggling with difficult problems like social challenges and substance abuse.  The approach we use is quite successful at helping struggling young adults deal with some of the complex issues that they commonly face, including substance abuse, behavioral issues, or addiction.  Consequently, our informal and spontaneous approach offers troubled adults the environment and relationships that are necessary for lasting success.  As a result, our program for troubled young adults has developed over time and we have created a program that provides struggling young adults what they need to transition into adulthood and independent living.

Often Wilderness Programs or Formal Treatment Facilities will utilise us an Aftercare Program.  Because our environment poses new challenges to these young adults as our young adult program does not come with any walls.  Our students are not isolated from the world and the skills they developed before arriving are put to the test.  Consequently, our approach to counseling will help young adults develop the life skills necessary to engage in current and future challenges.


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Do You Need a More Formal Counseling Program?

We are not a treatment facility nor do we provide inpatient care but in some circumstances that is what people need.  If that is the case than we would strongly recommend the Menninger Clinic out of Texas.  Over the past 15 years occasionally a client will come to us for aftercare after being at Menninger.  They are also one of the oldest psychiatric institutions in the United States and below is a little bit of information on them if you are leaning more towards an inpatient facility.  Thank you for your interest in Penrith Farms.


The Menninger Foundation was founded in 1919 by the Menninger family in Topeka, Kansas, and consists of a clinic, a sanatorium, and a school of psychiatry, all of which bear the Menninger name.  In 2003, the Menninger Clinic moved to Houston … It represented the first group psychiatry practice. “We had a vision,” Dr. C. F. Menninger said, “of a better kind of medicine and a better kind of world.”  The Menninger Clinic was founded in 1919 in Topeka, Kansas. The Menninger Sanitarium was founded in 1925.  The Menninger Clinic established the Southard School for children in 1926. The school fostered treatment programs for children and adolescents that were recognized worldwide. In the 1930s the Menningers expanded training programs for psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals.

The Menninger Foundation was established in 1941.  The Menninger School of Psychiatry was established in 1946. It quickly became the largest training center in the country, driven by the country’s demand for psychiatrists to treat military veterans.  Menninger announced its affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine and The Methodist Hospital in December 2002.  The concept was that Menninger would perform treatment while Baylor would oversee research and education.

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