teacher with a puppet on each handThe Short-Term Treatment and Evaluation Program (STTEP) provides a thorough evaluation of clients in a residential setting over a 60-90 day period. This program serves 10 children, ages 6 through 12, who are often at risk of disrupting less restrictive placements or who have required multiple hospitalizations.

Children enrolled in the STTEP are taught the skills necessary for them to return to their homes and become active and responsible members of their families and communities. Skills taught include how to identify and communicate feelings effectively, how to manage anger, and how to improve social skills. Home visits are used to assist in the transition back to the home, and an integral part of the program is identifying and locating the services that will be instrumental to success when the child returns home.

Daily Schedule*

6:30 am: Wake up, complete morning routine, eat breakfast

8:00 am-12:00 pm: School day

12-1:00 pm: Lunch

1-2:00 pm: Educational group/individual work educating consumers on activities of daily living and improving basic living skills (anger management skills, sportsmanship, communicating feelings, interacting appropriately with authority figures, developing creative outlets, etc.)

2-3:00 pm: Menu choice/quiet time – Behavior during day determines whether children earn a free play period or earn quiet time, a period for reviewing the rules and reflecting on their behavior.

3-4:30 pm: Educational group/individual work educating consumers on activities of daily living and improving basic living skills

4:30-5:00 pm: Menu choice – play period where different levels of activities are earned based on behavior during day

5-6:00 pm: Dinner

6-8:30 pm: Therapeutic group activities, phone calls home, showering and preparing for bed

8:30-10:00 pm: Bedtime, based on age (later on weekends)

*All clients receive individual and group therapy weekly and see the psychiatrist every other week. On the weekends, clients do not attend school, but they continue to receive therapeutic education individually and as a group. Those who earn the privilege participate in off-campus outings on the weekends.

More Information

Visit our Residential FAQs for answers to common questions about our residential programs.

Use our intake appointment checklist to make sure you bring all required items.

Follow our packing list as you prepare for your child’s stay at Brewer-Porch.

Read about your child’s rights while at Brewer-Porch

Read a detailed description of the STTEP.

Contact the program coordinator, Corliss Banks, LPC, via phone (205-348-4058) or email (cbanks@ua.edu) with any further questions.