Services Provided to our Youth:
The Gulf Coast Trades Center employs seven full-time caseworkers to counsel with students on a daily basis about anger management concerns. These professionals also provide the students with different techniques to help them process and handle their feelings appropriately. The Center offers individual and group counseling sessions as well to address these matters. Services are also added by different psychiatric and psychological professionals to aid the Casework staff in these counseling efforts. Therapeutic recreational activities such as flag football, basketball, weightlifting and the Ropes Course is provided to help students redirect their anger and express their emotions in a positive, creative and fun manner.
Substance Abuse is a major concern for our youth. They have almost all been impacted at least indirectly, so we have implemented a program that can help students address this aspect of their life. The Gulf Coast Trades Center employs full-time caseworkers to counsel with students on substance abuse concerns. These professionals also provide the students with different techniques to help them process and alleviate these obstacles. The Center offers individual and group counseling sessions as well to address these matters. Services are also added by different psychiatric and psychological professionals to aid the Casework staff in these counseling efforts.
The medical department has a nurse on call twenty-four hours a day in conjunction with the medical professional who is on campus Monday thru Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is an infirmary located in the medical department where a student can be examined and treated by the medical staff and kept as comfortable as possible during their illness. On staff are also a Medical Program Specialist and a Medical Transporter who secure all doctor appointments and see that each student arrives safely in a timely manner.
There are numerous physicians and specialist that are on contract by the Center to give the professional medical attention to students when needed. Fifteen miles north of the campus you will find Huntsville Memorial Hospital and fifteen miles south there is Conroe Regional Medical Center, both facilities have professionals on staff to treat most medical conditions. The Center has a Program Specialist on staff to process all Medicaid applications. An application is completed on each student that is enrolled in the program.
Serving three hot meals a day, the Gulf Coast Trades Center is known around the state of Texas for the delicious as well as nutritious meals. The Center participates in the USDA/National School Lunch Program and is a commodities contract program.
Designed to develop trust, overcome perceived boundaries, and to build self-esteem, our on-site Self-Challenge Course includes ropes, wood platforms, and webbing-type obstacles.
Counseling & Case Management:
GCTC focuses on the needs of the student to enhance their opportunity for a positive transition to their home community. The GCTC Case Management staff work to assess the students needs using diagnostic tools and then developing a Master Inter-Disciplinary Care Plan.
This plan includes case management and counseling topics which include crisis intervention, substance abuse education & counseling, and gang membership identification & counseling. All facets of the plan are reviewed and evaluated monthly to ensure progress.
GCTC has long understood the value of after-care and follow-up and has developed strong resources to assist youth in their transition back to the community. Currently, GCTC offers job development services and after-care.
All youth leaving GCTC undergo a one year follow-up. This program provides the youth with job search assistance, school monitoring, and mentoring.
Once the youth has completed his course of studies the youth will return to his home community. He will have a Job Developer that will assist the youth with the task of securing a career within his chosen trade. The Job Developer assists in identifying public transportation routes to and from work sites, transportation for job search, and coaching for the youth on job search skills prior to the interview. The Job Developer will act as a support center for the youth in their transition into the community. They will assist the youth with community based services that the youth may need as he returns home. The major goal of the program is for the youth to become gainfully employed, however the Job Developer will also assist the youth in the completion of GED/ High School, entering Post Secondary Training, working with Labor Unions, or entering the Armed Forces.