Treatment programs, like people, put their treasure where their heart is.
We have been encouraged by several Capstone parents over the years to get the word out concerning what people get for their money at Capstone compared to other programs. These parents and their sons had been through other programs and were comparing the value of Capstone’s program to their prior treatment experiences. When comparing programs there are a couple of ways to assess the differences in programs: therapist-to-client ratio and therapist training.
The saying “you get what you pay for” is true in a couple of ways. Yes, when you are getting the best services you are usually going to pay more. But flip that statement to the other side of the equation to understand this. A company also gets what they pay for, in other words, you can judge the heart of a company by looking at where they put their money. As people say here in the South, “Put your money where your mouth is,” which means back up what you are saying with actions that prove it. Many programs promote the quality of their program, but to know how that compares to other programs, consider the ratio of therapists to clients and estimate the difference in the amount of money the program is spending on salaries.
Capstone’s ratio average is 1 therapist to 2 clients, and the maximum is 3 clients. Capstone therapists carry this ratio so they can devote the necessary time, energy, and personal attention to their clients and families and develop the level of relationship that is vital to success. Compare this to a program whose therapist-to-client ratio is 1 to 6, 8, or 10, and you can learn something about what you are getting for your investment. Ask about the therapist-to-client ratio, the staff-to-client ratio, the number of therapists and staff that are full-time employees versus part-timers, and you will begin to see the heart of a program. Treatment programs, like people, put their treasure where their heart is.
Capstone’s goal is not to become bigger but instead better. Our formula for the above ratio is to average no more than a census of 32. For those 32 young men, we have 24 full-time positions that are held by therapists licensed by the state of Arkansas:
- 18 case-load therapist positions with 1 clinical director,
- 3 admissions counselors with 1 admissions director, and
- 1 founder & CEO
The second way to assess the value in a program is the ability of its therapists, and for that you look at how the company spent their money in training their therapists. Since 2009, we have spent more than $1 million in the training of our therapy team. These annually budgeted investments translate into higher quality treatment for our clients and families, and it shows that we put our money where our mouth is. Capstone therapists are not just Licensed Professional Counselors and/or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, they are also:
- Certified Sexual Addiction Therapists (CSAT) iitap.com
- Certified Multiple Addiction Therapists (CMAT) (emphasis in substances) iitap.com
Area of Expertise – Addictive/Compulsive Behaviors (substance & behavioral)
- Certified Trauma Therapists (CTT) spirit2spirithealing.com
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapists (EMDR 1 & 2) emdr.com
Area of Expertise – Trauma/Attachment in its many levels and forms
- Our therapists hold master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy from top-notch graduate programs:
- Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas
- Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi
- Richmont University in Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Pepperdine University in Malibu, California
Area of Expertise – Family Therapy
Many programs are becoming “trauma-informed,” which is an absolute necessity in doing this work. Again, check and see how much investment the company is putting in to being trauma-informed. If they hire one or two trauma-informed care therapists or if they say something like this, which I have heard more than once: “We have a trauma therapist who comes in one day per week and works with any clients who have trauma issues,” that’s a step in the right direction, but it’s not an all-in commitment to doing trauma work. My internal response when I hear statements like this is, “One? One day a week? Any clients who have trauma issues? Gracious! We’ve got about 20 trauma therapists there every day, Monday through Friday, along with plenty of boys who need trauma work.”
It’s true you get what you pay for. But before you can determine what that is, you need to look at what each program is paying for with their budget, because in the end, that’s what you are going to be paying for.
These are some other examples of the value of what Capstone offers:
- The family participates in over 60 hours of family therapy (most of which are with their individual therapist), which includes Family Week, Family Retreat, Relapse Prevention Tune-ups, and the Family Reunion.
- The client participates in 4 hours of individual therapy per week.
- The client participates in 20 hours of therapist-led groups per week.
- The client participates in one hour of Canine Therapy per day with their puppy, seven days per week, plus two 30-minute canine-care sessions – one in the morning and one in the evening.
- The client participates in five workouts per week, including cardio weightlifting and aerobic conditioning.
- The client participates in Adventure Therapy on the ropes course once a week.
- The client participates in Outdoor Adventures each Friday as a part of Displacement Therapy. Activities include fishing, caving, rock climbing and rappelling, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and trail biking.
- The client participates in a supervised three-day solo experience.
- Great meals every day prepared by Scott Hunt, our very own retired Navy chef.
- Participation in 12 Steps Groups on Capstone campus that are led by the older clients.
- Each family – client and parents – participates in aftercare with a one-hour phone check-in per week for three months following graduation.
- A therapy approach aimed at discovering the causes and addressing them to stop the symptoms instead of naming the symptoms only.
- A tried and true aftercare plan: a two-year game plan aimed at a paradigm shift of the heart and a healthiness of the brain, all designed to provide the skills necessary to learn how to live a sober life that is healthy, fruitful, and fulfilling.