About Us

ASPIRE™ offers a highly structured curriculum using multiple evidenced-based treatment modalities, including behavioral modification, for behavioral problems. Members of ASPIRE™ participate in therapeutic groups, individual psycho-social rehabilitation, individual and family counseling that is designed to teach healthy social skills, anger management, conflict resolution, appropriate classroom behavior, improved focusing skills, appropriate verbalization, and impulse control as applicable to diagnosis and treatment plan(s). ASPIRE™ also employs a Family Integration Specialist, whose primary role is to engage families, extended family, and community members in comprehensive skills training and are coached to be active in the treatment process.


Each youth sets an achievable daily goal and a home-based goal that is related to problematic behavior. Goals are reviewed with their parents or caregivers daily.

Most participants of the ASPIRE™ Day Treatment program identify with anger management issues. We utilize Aggression Replacement Training/Anger Management (ART) with the hopes of providing members of our Day Treatment Program with effective coping mechanisms that make anger management more feasible. ART treatment is an evidence-based approach for working with challenging youth utilizing three components: social skills training, anger control, and moral reasoning.

ASPIRE™ frequently uses process groups for our older youth to develop the skills necessary to deal with their individual problems/issues. This is accomplished by using the group process to provide peer interaction and feedback while developing problem-solving strategies and assisting one another in resolving behavioral and emotional problems. Process groups are based on the premise that much of human behavior and feeling involves an individual's adaptation and response to other people; the process group can assist individuals in making necessary changes by means of support, feedback, and guidance.

ASPIRE™ also uses some non-traditional therapies that utilize self-expression (art, recreation, dance, music, etc.) as the therapeutic intervention. Youth do not need to have any level of skill in the area of self-expression, but rather be able to utilize the modality to develop or enhance skills directed towards their goals.

ASPIRE™ also provides counseling by licensed professionals and it assists youth in achieving a better psychosocial adaptation, acquiring greater human realization of psychosocial potential and adaptation, to modify internal and external conditions that affect individuals, groups, or communities with respect to behavior, emotions, and thinking, with respect to their intrapersonal and interpersonal processes. Psychotherapy does not include physiological interventions, including medication intervention.

ASPIRE™’s PSR groups build skills in managing social interactions at home, school, and in the community. Topics include: problem-solving, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills, and communication skills. Therapeutic activities include gross motor activities, cinema therapy, therapeutic board games, and creative art projects to teach and strengthen daily living skills while developing body coordination, physical health, and self-esteem. Our PRS groups help youth to identify barriers/obstacles related to their psychiatric and psychological experiences and, through the course of interaction, become better able to identify skills that address symptoms and behaviors while increasing adaptive behaviors.

At Aspire Day School we strive to

Reduce recidivism;

Provide the community with a favorable option for Alternative Schooling Programs;

Improve pro-social outcomes by addressing youths’ risks, needs, and behavioral challenges;

Establish a holistic approach to serving at-risk youth, encompassing the individual, the family, and the community;

Improve the academic performance of youth whose behavioral challenges impede their true abilities


Must have Kentucky Medicaid

Must be between the ages of 5 to 15

The family/caregiver/guardian agrees to be an active participant, which involves participating in interventions to better understand and care for the beneficiary for the purpose of maintaining progress during and after treatment

Experiences impaired cognitive ability to recognize personal or environmental dangers or significantly inappropriate social behavior

Exhibited behavior that resulted in at least one intervention by crisis response, social services, or law enforcement in the last 90 days.

Individuals deemed to be at risk of psychiatric hospitalization or out-of-home placement