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Enhanced Residential Treatment

Mount Prospect Academy’s Enhanced Residential Treatment Program is designed for students who struggle to regulate their own behavior and require significant supports within the traditional classroom setting. The program maintains an enhanced faculty-to-student ratio of 1:2, which provides the additional assistance needed to increase students’ skill building and competency development.

ERT is composed of two separate communities that each house a maximum of eight students. The communities are located at MPA's Becket House in Campton, N.H.

One of the ERT program’s main goals is helping students develop a more positive self-identity. This will be accomplished through relationship and trust building, group processing, restorative justice work, promoting students' pro-social behavior, and maintaining an environment that is trauma informed and focused on personal and professional development.

The program is designed for students who need more intensive care than a traditional residential setting can provide, but less supervision than a sub-acute or locked residential facility.

MPA works closely with each youth’s sending school district to support basic skills development, course credit recovery, and advancement toward the student’s graduation requirements. Students who cannot safely engage in activities away from the ERT residential facility will participate in on-site tutoring, online courses, and internship opportunities.

 

Tutors and internship advisers are provided by the MPA day school. A strong internship component is embedded within the program, as many of our students benefit from hands-on learning and healthy energy release. On-site internship options include: greenhouse/horticulture, culinary arts, maintenance, and building trades. Students who are safe to attend off-site internship programming will have access to courses in: automobile repair, experiential science (outdoor biology, physics, and physical sciences adventure activities), woodworking, and animal-assisted therapies.

A masters level Milieu Clinician takes a lead role for students by providing clinical support and case oversight. The clinician works with MPA academic and residential faculty to develop a plan for implementing safe and productive coping skills, should the student escalate and require additional support.

 

Students are also assigned a permanency coordinator, who ensures that students and their families are adequately connected to long-term community supports, provides supervision such as curfew checks, and crisis support within the family’s home. The PC is the main communication facilitator between treatment team members, and he or she works in conjunction with the student’s team to provide a variety of case management and clinical services. Our clinical services incorporate evidence-based practices which include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Risk-need-responsivity principles.

ERT One Page Program Description

Meet Our Leadership

Richard Phelps

Executive Director

Rick has worked extensively with students and families who have histories of trauma, substance use, domestic violence and sexual behaviors; he has also facilitated training on trauma informed care.

He serves as executive director for Mount Prospect Academy's ERT program. Rick is responsible for oversight of all service delivery at ERT.

 

Rick earned his Bachelor’s Degree at University of Lowell in Massachusetts, and then his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He has been a licensed social worker in the state of New Hampshire since 2005, and he collaborates with professionals from all over New England. Rick has worked extensively with at risk students and families in a number of different settings. He has worked as a social worker for state of Massachusetts, behavioral specialist for at risk latency age students, crisis intervention specialist for at risk high school age students, and as a clinical director for MPA. He has also served as Board Chair for the NH Board of Mental Health Practice.

In his time away from work, Rick is an avid outdoor enthusiast and he specifically enjoys biking, skiing, and golf.

Mackenzie Brooks

Program Manager

Mackenzie is passionate about working with clients, their families, and her fellow professionals. She seeks to create and promote positive change in the individuals she serves, along with the greater community. 

 

Mackenzie has spent the entirety of her professional career working in residential treatment across New Hampshire, serving diverse clientele through numerous roles. 

In 2013 she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in family studies from the University of New Hampshire. She came to Mount Prospect Academy in 2015 as a permanency coordinator. In this role, Mackenzie managed high-risk adolescent males, provided treatment opportunities for students to correct maladaptive coping skills and behaviors, and supervised employees – providing daily feedback on their performance. She was promoted to program manger in February 2017.

 

Along with working as ERT's program manager, Mackenzie is enrolled full-time in the University of New Hampshire's Master’s of Social Work program. In her free time Mackenzie enjoys camping, snowmobiling, going to concerts, and playing with her dog.