Murphy Harpst

Turning hope into healing…

Our Services:

Assessment Services

are provided by a clinical psychologist, child psychiatrists, registered nurses, and professional counselors.  Assessments include a review of the biological, environmental, educational, and psychological factors that contribute to behavioral and emotional problems.  These results are compiled and form the basis for the comprehensive treatment plan.


Individual Therapy

is provided to youth in the residential and outpatient programs by a licensed professional counselor or clinical psychologist.  This therapist also provides family therapy for those children who have parents and family members involved in their lives.  The therapist defines behavioral and therapeutic goals for recovery which are monitored by the treatment team and documented on the treatment plan.


Family Therapy

is offered to children’s families who are available and willing to participate.  Therapists examine the family dynamics, strengths and challenges and work with them to effectively manage the behavior.  Training parents in providing structure, consistency, and appropriate discipline within the home is often critical.


Group Therapy

and skills training are provided to assist children recovering from abuse, depression, anxiety problems, and substance abuse.  Group formats are also utilized to help build skills in the areas of conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, the development of independent living and other crucial life skills.  The objective of group therapies is to allow youth to learn from one another and reduce the stress and conflict that lead to behavioral problems.


Therapeutic Recreation

includes arts and crafts, camping trips, team sports, exercise, challenge course experiences, riding and caring for horses, and cultural activities. It aims to enhance cooperation and team building, increase self-esteem and provide an enriching, fun environment.


Community Support Services

are community based and/or in-home services provided by a trained behavioral specialist who is skilled in handling behavioral crises.  Therapeutic interventions occur in the home, often in response to crises, and offer parents and their children the immediate support needed to improve family relationships and to decrease risk factors that lead to abuse, neglect, delinquency, substance abuse, and school difficulties.


Educational Services

are provided to all residents to help maximize their full academic potential.  Residents begin school in the Harpst Academy which is highly structured and supportive.  Educational assessments and individualized educational planning meetings assist teachers to develop appropriate educational goals.  The lead teacher recommends children for community school placement when deemed ready.  A school liason assists the student in making the transition to the public school in the community.


Work/Career Development

Age and behavior permitting, youth in the Harpst residential program may participate in the work development program.  It is designed to provide a real life job search and career development experience by filling out applications, collecting references, interviewing, managing a bank account and working as part of a team.


Spiritual Development

While participation is voluntary, children attend weekly chapel services on the Harpst campus.  Children also choose from a variety of religious denominations in the community.  Accompanied by staff, they look forward to these worship experiences that afford opportunities for fellowship with others of their religious faith.     

Since Sept., 2008, Murphy-Harpst has scored above the 90th percentile on Medicaid audits which test the quality of our assessment process, treatment planning, therapeutic services provided, billing practices, and program integrity.  Few, if any, providers of similar services have obtained this level of consistent quality in Medicaid service delivery.