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Touchstone School 
Address: 11 Country Place
Litchfield, CT, 06759
Description: Touchstone is a staff-secure, residential treatment facility of North American Family Institute in Connecticut (NAFI CT). On a campus with a private country atmosphere in Litchfield, Touchstone provides a comprehensive therapeutic and educational program. Through intensive individual, group, and family treatment, girls with emotional and/or behavioral problems are given the opportunity to gain pro-social skills to promote successful return to home and community. The trained staff supports and guides a positive peer process known as the Normative Approach. This process empowers the girls in the program to appropriately engage in helping each other resolve behavioral issues that have prevented them from success to this point in their young lives.

The education program offers individualized and small group instruction based on the identified needs of each student. The curriculum blends verbal and written expression and applied skills in all academic areas to support continuing education. In small groups and individually, students are given the opportunity to reconnect with concepts that have been fragmented due to lack of motivation and truancy. Computer technology is applied in all classrooms, with supportive supervision from a team of certified educators and youth counselors.

Educators and clinicians at Touchstone consider gender specific principles in developing the activities that help these young females gain a positive self concept. Health issues in the lives of women and career exploration across a wide range of areas is emphasized to encourage the girls to consider the many options available to women in our society.

This program provides services to residential students who have been placed by public agencies for other than educational reasons. The program accepts students who have been referred by school districts.  
Ages: 12-18
Gender: Female 
Capacity: 26 
Director: Katherne Matz,(860) 567-3809
Fax: (860) 567-3846 
Note: This program is operated by NAFI Connecticut.  
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