Awaken360 Therapeutic Center is unique from other community mental health centers in the Ozarks. We provide a preventative option that bridges the gap between outpatient and residential treatment centers. Our programs keep students involved with their families and connected to their communities. Awaken360 Academy will provide at-risk youth and their families better access to intensive psychological treatment through traditional and intensive-outpatient counseling options. With Awaken360 Therapeutic Academy as an option, families won’t have to seek more invasive forms of treatment which often include the youth being separated from their family and community. Students receive individual and group therapy from licensed professional counselors. The immediate families of students will also receive therapy with their teen so that the entire family is empowered and equipped. Students will also continue their education through LAUNCH, Missouri's online schooling solution used by the public school system so that each student stays on track academically. After graduating from Awaken360 Academy, students will be prepared to head back into their previous schools, equipped with the skills and confidence needed to succeed.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy serves as the foundation for our individual, group, and family therapy plans tailored to each student by our licensed professional therapists and counselors. We also incorporate faith & biblical concepts into our 360-degree approach so that our program encompasses mental, physical, and spiritual healing. We address character, self-esteem, social skills,
stress management, life skills, addiction, relapse prevention, and overall mental health while supporting the student’s individual faith.
Awaken360 Therapeutic Academy serves students ages 10-18. Students will attend our academy Monday - Friday, 7:30a-3:30p, similar to a public school schedule, and return home to their families at the end of the day. Their daily schedules will include therapy, academics, community-partnered after school projects, and occasional field trips. Students will attend our academy for four to six months, depending on the needs of the student and their family. Then they will be supported with traditional outpatient therapy as they transition back to their community-based education setting.
We provide a unique classroom experience through LAUNCH, Missouri's online schooling solution used by the public school system. This is combined with individualized, one-on-one, in-person support with paraprofessionals. Our goal is to prepare students to reintegrate into their community school setting when they graduate the Awaken360 program. Each student will also receive a therapy workbook called Waging War: A Christian's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workbook.
The Ozarks need Awaken360 because there are limited options for families with teens who need therapeutic help and support
for behavioral and life-controlling issues ( i.e. self-harm, addictions, depression, eating disorders, and similar struggles).
Some teens need less-invasive treatment than what may be available, or their families may struggle to afford treatment. You can find more information HERE about this issue that Awaken360 is seeking to address.
The members of the Awaken360 team feel that it's important to share our foundational "why" for the organization and tell the story of what sparked Awaken360.
Our founder and director, Heather Freeman, was motivated to start this program after watching her own family struggle.
Meet Heather's brother-in-law, Matt. He passed away in 2018. Matt was an amazing person, and he struggled with addiction and mental illness. Heather saw the impact it had on him and everyone in her family. When she was a teenager, there were a lot of "what if" questions she asked herself as he struggled.
What if someone had seen his need for help before it escalated to addiction? What if her family had found help sooner? These questions motivated her through her middle school, high school, and grad school career, leading her to seek out a position working with high-risk youth as a licensed professional counselor.
Matt's story inspired Awaken360, and it motivates her and our team as we help families with teens who need hope and healing.