The Farm2020-01-31T17:04:32+00:00

The Farm

Our Medical Director leads the nursing staff, licensed therapists, social workers, certified recreation therapists, and direct care staff in providing ongoing supervision, treatment, and support to boys ages six to sixteen.

Licensed by DHEC, we provide a multi-disciplinary approach to intensive treatment for psychiatric issues that are negatively affecting the child’s personal growth and social development, his family life, and his ability to achieve academic pursuits. We have a contract with the SC Department of Health and Human Services to deliver this form of residential treatment; we accept SC Medicaid for payment of those services.

We believe that when children explore and discover their inherent strengths in a structured, nature-based environment, their self-esteem, compassion, coping, and social skills improve.

Following a thorough diagnostic assessment and evaluation, our team provides clinical interventions that address medication regimens and symptoms related to PTSD, Suicidal thoughts, Depression, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Anxiety/Social Phobias, ADHD, and aggressive or violent behavior disorders.

Although many of the children we serve are suffering from prior abuse and neglect and are in the custody of SCDSS, our program also provides treatment to children who are in their parent’s custody and who do not have abuse or neglect in their background.

While here they will learn age-appropriate social and communication skills, acquire the ability to resolve conflicts and to manage their anger, and learn to extinguish the disruptive behavior patterns that prevented them from leading successful live

Psychiatric Evaluation:
Meeting with our psychiatrist is an important part of the program. He is available to us seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. The staff psychiatrist completes a psychiatric evaluation on each new person entering the program and remains an integral part of the treatment team throughout the child’s stay. The psychiatrist and multi-disciplinary treatment team develop a personalized individualized plan of care to foster personal growth and resolution of mental, emotional and/or behavioral issues. If medications are required, the psychiatrist and/or nursing staff provides information and education to the child and their family and/or legal guardians. The psychiatrist meets with each child on a weekly basis to assess their response to treatment and medications. If necessary, the psychiatrist will coordinate with other medical providers to ensure all health issues are addressed appropriately

Individual/Family Therapy:
The children participate in regular individual, family and group therapy sessions to work toward treatment objectives. In these sessions they address issues related to mood, behaviors, relationships, as well as overall functioning. Our therapists employ cognitive behavioral therapy as a foundation. In addition, the therapists may employ a variety of other therapeutic approaches and techniques to address individual needs of the patients. All of our therapists are master level licensed individuals.

Our residents meet with an assigned therapist throughout the week for individual therapy, which focuses on psychological, emotional, and behavioral issues. A therapist is available seven days a week to also address and monitor any crisis that may arise. The residents also meet with a therapist at least once a week with their family, either in person or by telephone or web conferencing, for intensive family therapy. Patients integrate what they are learning in the program and in individual therapy.

Group Therapy:
These groups are facilitated by Masters-Level therapists and occur three times weekly. Two of the groups focus on issues that our residents can address in a group setting. Our therapists also use specific curriculum to address issues that are pertinent to the issues affecting the children they serve.

Our Program:

  • 24 hour direct care, mentoring, and supervision
  • Psychiatric Oversight
  • Treatment Plan Development
  • Psychological Testing
  • Nursing Management of Medical, Dental, Eye, and specialty care
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Crisis Prevention and Management
  • Evidence-Based Trauma Therapy
  • Health & Wellness Lifestyle activities; USDA approved meals, Fitness trail and Obstacle Course; personal fitness plans and goals
  • Individualized Education to meet his needs. Each child attends classes at our on-campus school. Individualized Education
  • Plans are developed as needed. Summer school program infused with the Arts to enhance and retain learning.
  • Individual, Group, & Family Therapy as needed to diminish the effects of past abuse & neglect and to secure Family reunification or positive permanency.
  • Therapeutic Recreation: using experiential activities such as our ROPES Course as a way to develop outlets for anger management and conflict resolution and to promote self-awareness, leadership, and team building
  • Leisure Activities: to encourage the development of hobbies we offer a variety of outdoor opportunities such as bike riding, fishing, sport games, nature walks, caring for animals, bee keeping, & horticulture
  • Instruction for mastery of Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) and Independent Living Skills (ILS)
  • Exposure to Spiritual and Community Activities
  • Transition and Discharge Planning

Meet Our PRTF Multi-disciplinary Team:

James E. McKinney, MD; Medical Director
Bob Pender, RN Nurse, CPR/First Aid Instructor 
Susan Zellmann, LPN, Nurse
Krista Dickerson, LMSW Therapist and LPHA   
Terrie Sigler, MS, LPC, CAC  Director of Campus Based Clinical Services
Eric Morton, Transition and In-Home Services Coordinator
Brenda Middleton, MA, Group Therapist, Benefit Bank, Family Team Meeting Coordinator
Gina Skrobola, CTRS, Recreation Therapist
Deborah D. McKelvey, MA; Executive Director
Alicia Hinson, CTRS Deputy Director, Referrals
Anthony Houston, Director of Operations and  Residential Services, Master Level CPI Instructor 

Referrals: referrals are accepted through child serving state agencies (DSS, DJJ, DMH, COC, and local school districts) and from Parents/Legal Guardians Call us @ 843-884-5342; when the recording starts dial 1- and the extension 2222 or email for more information.

In order for your child to be admitted to our program, you must first obtain a Diagnostic Assessment/Comprehensive Assessment within 7 days of  a Certificate of Need(CON) being completed by your child’s physician. Once we receive the information and these documents, we will request prior authorization from your child’s Medicaid Managed Care Organization (MCO).

100% of our admissions are funded through SC Medicaid


This program offers direct care, mentoring and emotional support in a structured but homelike setting .We offer therapeutic interventions, education, and residential programming for boys with social, emotional, learning and behavioral challenges. Our residential program is a unique, multi-faceted therapeutic program designed to give every child a chance to succeed academically, socially and emotionally. We provide 24-hour supervision and support to ensure children’s safety within a therapeutic milieu that allows each child to participate in an array of beneficial activities as part of their individualized care plan. Our residential therapeutic programs help children maximize their potential through strong academics, recreational and clinical interventions, and positive relationships with peers, adults and nature.

Licensed by DSS to provide this service for up to 15 boys, we provide therapeutic interventions, medication management, behavior supports, and character building experiences through a variety of therapeutic and experiential activities. The boys learn to respect themselves and to accept responsibility for the behaviors they display and the choices they make. While here they will learn age- appropriate social and communication skills, acquire the ability to resolve conflicts and to manage their anger, and learn to extinguish the disruptive behavior patterns that prevented them from leading successful lives.

Residential Programming on “The Farm”

  • 24-hour direct care, mentoring, and supervision
  • Nurse Management of Medical and Dental care
  • Instruction for mastery of Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s) and Independent Living Skills (ILS)
  • Individualized education programming to meet his needs. Children attend a full day of academic studies in either our on-campus education center or in a community school
  • Individual counseling to promote behavior changes, family reunification or positive permanency
  • Rehabilitative Behavioral Health Services: Individual, Group, and Family Therapy, BMod, Psychosocial Rehabilitative Services, Medication Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation using experiential activities such as our ROPES Course, Fitness Trail and Obstacle Course as a way to develop outlets for anger management and conflict resolution and to promote self-awareness, leadership, and team building
  • Leisure Activities: to encourage the development of hobbies we offer a variety of outdoor opportunities such as bike riding, fishing, sport games, and nature walks, caring for animals, bee keeping, & horticulture
  • Exposure to Spiritual and Community Activities
  • Ongoing Transition and Discharge Planning

Meet Our Team:

Gina Skrobola, CTRS Therapeutic Recreation
Bob Pender, RN First Aid and CPR Instructor
Margaret Greene, LMSW, Care Coordinator
Alicia Hinson, CTRS, Deputy Director, Referrals
Anthony Houston, BA Director of Residential Services, CPI Instructor
Deborah D. McKelvey, MA Executive Director
James E. McKinney, MD, Medical Director diagnostic assessments psychiatric evaluations, medication monitoring

Referrals are accepted: through child serving state agencies: DSS, DJJ, DMH, COC, and local school districts.

Call us at 843-884-5342 x222 or email us:

Our Discharge and Transition Services team work to increase the positive prognosis of the child’s return to a community living arrangement. They take the lead in developing discharge plans and in coordinating the actual transition services for our clients. We focus our efforts on working with the family to ensure the child will continue to receive appropriate educational, medical, and mental health services post discharge from our program.

Transition staff is instrumental in providing the child with a realistic view of what life as a member of a new family will entail and in helping them to adjust to the behavioral expectations a family may enforce. They also work with them to resolve any conflicts they might have about not returning to their family of origin.

The staff works together with the child to prepare them for everyday life experiences in their home, in the school setting, and with adjusting to the social and peer pressures they may experience.

We remain the therapeutic arm of the child’s care for 90-120 days post discharge from our residential program. We offer the family support in diffusing crises, we assist the family in navigating the educational and mental health services system and we work to ensure the child has access to all services he needs for a successful reintegration.

Windwood has been providing education services on campus to our boys since its inception. In 1996, with the financial assistance of the Sertoma Club of Charleston and several generous local donors, the Windwood Farm School was erected. The Windwood school stands as a legacy to the founding members of The Sertoma Club of Charleston. Over twenty years ago The Sertoma Club interviewed the Windwood Board and made a decision to forge a lasting relationship.  Each year following the annual Sertoma Football Classic, proceeds of that event were given to our agency to help sustain operations at the education center that has provided many young boys with their first positive experience in a classroom.

Charleston County School District provides the teachers, aides, and itinerant teachers for art and other subjects. Each boy receives education services that are individualized and, if they are classified as needing a special education curriculum, Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) are developed and followed during their stay with us.

All of the boys who are placed in our PRTF attend school on our campus. Boys who are placed in the group home may receive services at The Windwood Farm School or, if they have learned to maintain appropriate behaviors in the classroom they can be mainstreamed to a community school.

Therapeutic Recreation is offered through our rehabilitative behavioral health services contract under psycho-social rehabilitative services through group sessions that assist the child in the restoration or strengthening of skills needed to promote and sustain independence and stability in their living, learning, social, and work environments. It is a form of skill building support designed to improve the quality of life of the children we serve by assisting them to assume responsibility over their lives, strengthen skills, and develop environmental supports necessary to enable them to function as actively and independently in the community as possible such as basic living skills development, interpersonal skills training, therapeutic socialization, and consumer empowerment.

Positive use of leisure time enhances mental and emotional health, functional abilities, independence, and quality of life. When participating in recreation therapy services, residents discover hidden talents, understand the value of teamwork, and experience benefits of healthy leisure and recreation. They take part in planning activities and learn skills to make healthy decisions when they return home.

As part of their program, residents examine their past leisure lifestyle choices, how their treatment issues affected their leisure, how their use of free time played a part in their current problems, and/or how recreation and leisure has been and can be an effective coping skill. As residents progress through the program, the goal is for them to learn skills and develop insight that they can practice in treatment and continue to use when they return to their home environment and throughout their life.

Goals of therapeutic recreation activities:

  • To develop and improve social skills.
  • To develop and improve self-esteem and self-concept.
  • To improve expression of feelings and self-awareness.
  • To develop and improve physical fitness and motor coordination.
  • To develop and improve cognitive skills.
  • To develop and expand leisure skills.
  • To develop the knowledge and skills to utilize leisure resources.
  • To provide opportunities for voluntary independent recreation participation.

Educational Field Trips: Museums, Public Library, and Zoo.

Community Service: cleanup through Adopt-a-Highway

Cultural Events: plays and musicals, Spoleto, Piccolo, local parades and festivities.

Recreational Activities: fishing, nature walks, ROPES, Fitness trail and obstacle course bowling, roller-skating, ice skating, swimming, trips to local recreation center, kite flying, baseball games, miniature golfing, movies, and other group sports and games

Horticulture: The benefits that horticulture therapy offers are varied form person to person. This therapy enhances physical, mental and social health. People of any age can participate and the activities can be varied according to their abilities. Each season, the boys plant vegetable and herb gardens. When the growing season is over, the boys are able to eat the vegetables they grew.

There are many benefits of horticulture therapy:

Physical: increase range of motion, improve fine motor skills, tone under used muscles, improve coordination and balance, and increase muscular strength.
Mental: Increases independence, increase self-esteem, increase observation skills, provides choices and ability to use problem solving skills, encourages creativity, provides outlet for stress, anger, and emotions.

Social: opportunity to interact with others, commitment to a living thing, cooperation and team working skills, dealing with success and failure, provides an environment to learn and be inspired by others.

Advantages of participating in purposeful, supervised gardening activities:

  • Enhance self-esteem
  • Alleviate depression
  • Improve motor skills
  • Provide opportunities in problem solving
  • Encourage work adjustment
  • Improve social interaction and communication
  • Teach marketable horticultural and business skills

From the American Horticultural Therapy Association

Windwood utilizes the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning or EAGALA model. The EAGALA Model provides a standard and structure for providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning sessions. The EAGALA Model provides a framework of practice, but within that framework, there are infinite opportunities for creativity and adaptability to various therapeutic and facilitating styles.

The EAGALA Model uses a Team Approach – An Equine Specialist, a Mental Health professional, and horses work together with clients in all EAGALA sessions.

  • Focus on the ground – No horseback riding is involved. Instead, effective and deliberate techniques are utilized where the horses are metaphors in specific ground-based experiences.
  • Solution-Oriented – The basis of the EAGALA Model is a belief that all clients have the best solutions for themselves when given the opportunity to discover them. Rather than instructing or directing solutions, we allow our clients to experiment, problem-solve, take risks, employ creativity, and find their own solutions that work best for them.

Also operating on our property

Rein & ShineThe therapeutic riding lesson program is modeled after the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) guidelines for accredited operating centers. Therapeutic riding lessons are planned with the individual’s/parents’ educational, physical, social and recreational goals in mind.

Participants as young as four years and with a wide array of disabilities are active in our therapeutic riding program. Prospective students are provided with all pertinent information and with the forms required for application. Once all forms are completed and returned to us, a PATH certified Rein and Shine instructor will contact you to set up a lesson schedule.
During the initial visit, therapeutic goals are established, and from this point forward, progress is documented. Most participants have one 30-60 minute lesson each week for the length of the semester, with the majority continuing their lessons from one semester to the next. A PATH certified instructor, along with trained volunteers, conducts each lesson. Lesson activities may include developing basic riding skills, exercises, games, ground work, and trail riding.

We are proud to be a PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Premiere Accredited Facility, and we have been providing horseback riding as therapy since 2001.

For more information on this therapeutic program go to

We have been ‘buzzing’ about this project at Windwood for years! We are thrilled to have the Bee Cause Organization alive and thriving on our property. Our boys are champions for animals, the environment and themselves as a result of the bee keeping program that The Bee Cause Project and Tami Enright provides!

Who would have thought that a tiny little insect with such a bad reputation is doing so much to make the Lowcountry proud?

One of those places is an organization that has hundreds of thousands of employees who literally work 24 hours a day to help us all. It’s not uncommon to find a beehive in the middle of several Lowcountry classrooms and no one is calling the exterminator. They are there on purpose and donated by the Bee Cause Project.

The kids love it. The teachers love it. The principal loves showing it off,” Tami Enright with the Bee Cause Project said. “We created the program so that it would be open to all kids and schools of all socioeconomic levels,” Enright said.

Tami Enright is the Executive Director of The Bee Cause Project. She started beekeeping by putting two hives in her front yard garden on Isle of Palms – to help teach her four children about ecology and natural science. Tami became hooked on bees and beekeeping and soon was asked to teach beekeeping to the children at Windwood Farm in Awendaw. Tami has expanded her backyard beekeeping hobby into all aspects of her life: She manages over a dozen beehives on a local farm, provides educational services and hands-on experiences with bees to help enrich the lives of all children, and installs honeybee observation hives in local schools to promote honeybee awareness among the next generation.

One beehive location is at Windwood Farm in Awendaw.

To teach the kids to appreciate the bees. To have an understanding of their purpose in the whole world,” Arianne Bauserman said as she showed off the hive at Windwood Farm. Beekeeping is part of Windwood Farm’s therapeutic recreation program for the boys who participate in one of our residential care and treatment programs.

Windwood Farm is a safe haven for abused and neglected children; some with behavioral issues.

Rather than looking at the bees as something harmful and something that can hurt them and something that they want to swat away, it’s something that they can appreciate and understand. I think sometimes our kids often feel that way. They can come from negative backgrounds in a sense of maybe unstable home lives or come from situations where people have viewed them as something threatening,” Bauserman explained.

The children learn that how they handle the bees can translate into how they can handle problems in life.

They need to be calm. They need to take deep breaths. They need to be patient. They need to listen to directions. That can absolutely go to their behaviors that are expected in school and expected toward dealing with problems,” Bauseman said.

The Bee Cause Project houses their hives on the grounds of Windwood before they are moved into classrooms. It’s basically the home office of the honey-makers. “We are sitting here in a field with 12 bee hives and they are full of bees,” Enright explained.

We have 25 schools installed in the areas along with a couple of businesses in the area and even some community programs like a YMCA preschool and a girls scout troop,” Enright said. It’s free for the schools, but with a kind-hearted catch.

My favorite part of the program is our pay it forward model. If schools are able to, then they can do some sort of fundraiser to pay it forward to another school,” Enright explained. The bees are able to teach in classrooms across the Lowcountry. The bees are used to explain math, geometry, biology and even art. “It is so important because you can read anything in a book and look up anything on the Internet but when it is there and they are living it and see it everyday….” WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

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