The Children's Home of Kingston is fully committed to the provision of services in a therapeutic milieu.
All CHK staff are viewed as having the potential to interact with a resident in a therapeutic manner and
provide opportunities for growth and change. Staff are therefore trained in the needs of residents and
encouraged to interact with residents in a manner that consistently emphasizes strengths and potential
for changed behavior. Art, music, recreation and other activities are utilized as a way for enjoyment and
as avenues for therapeutic interaction. CHK tries not only to encourage a home-like environment, but also
to provide a community model that enables boys to practice social skills on a small scale and in a
controlled arena before they must return to their communities and families.
Residential and educational staff work closely with clinical staff to provide a seamless provision
of services and responses. Consistency is a constant goal. Boys work through a level system which responds
to their behaviors and provides rewards and consequences as a way to reinforce positive behavior and to
discourage less than effective behavior. Through this comprehensive system, boys learn new ways of responding
to the world and are able to try on new behaviors in a safe, secure setting.