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Penrith Farms

Young Adult Program

Penrith Farms Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 18 to 26
Grades: High School/GED/College
Estimated Enrollment: 15
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 1983
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Penrith Farms Contact Information

662 Scotia Road
Newport, WA 99156
Phone: (509) 447-0665
Fax: (509) 447-3799
School Contact: James Brewster
Alternative Contact: James Brewster
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Penrith Farms, a therapeutic community for young adults, was established in 1983 and offers a unique and innovative community designed to assist troubled and challenged young adults in the acquisition of essential life skills. Our residents learn the importance of personal accountability, effective communication, and appropriate coping skills while living in, and contributing to, a therapeutic, family-based farm community.

Penrith Farms began operating as a Specialized Therapeutic Community in Eastern Washington in 1983. Located on 320 acres of timber and farmland, Penrith Farms is an ideal setting for young men and women, ages 18-26, to make the transition into responsible adulthood. At Penrith Farms, young men and women are integrated into a therapeutic community devoted to personal commitment, communication, and self-discovery.

The goal of Penrith Farms is to teach young adults skills that are necessary for them to succeed in an increasingly competitive society by providing them with a strong sense of self-worth, positive work ethics, and communication skills. In addition, our goal is to assist our clients in becoming productive, self-motivated, and responsible adults.


Penrith Farms surpasses all other residential programs because of its structure, community, and its round the clock commitment of service to the young adult members of the community.

The advantage a community has, compared to a program, boarding school, or residential treatment center, is the ability to connect with each member from a more realistic, spontaneous, and honest perspective. The outcome of this type of connection is a relationship based on trust. Trust is a major consideration for any therapeutic interaction. Without trust, therapy becomes nothing more than a word game of “hide and seek” and core issues are never uncovered. At Penrith Farms, core issues are our goal.

Our community is insight-oriented because we help members recognize ineffectual behaviors and encourage them to experiment with a different approach. Every moment of life on the farm presents an opportunity for members to identify inappropriate and non-productive behaviors and replace them with newly acquired skills and insights.

Penrith Farms employs a positive peer culture; members are responsible for encouraging each other to succeed and holding each other accountable for their words and actions. A positive peer culture creates a foundation for discovering personal responsibility and developing essential leadership skills through appropriate role modeling

The work venues, music instruction, and horsemanship curriculum offer opportunities for young adults to develop effective communication skills through the process of cooperation and completion.

Penrith Farms accepts young adults, 18 to 26 years of age, with a combination of social, emotional, academic, and behavioral challenges.

The individualized approach utilized at Penrith allows us to serve a wide population. Many of our clients exhibit one or more of the following:

-Depression and other mood disorders
-Anxiety Disorders
-Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
-Learning disabilities
-Attachment disorders
-Eating disorders (mild severity)
-Substance abuse (in remission)
-Emancipation and adoption issues
-Poor impulse control
-Strained family relationships
-Lack of responsibility and accountability
-Lack of motivation
-Lack of realistic goals
-Lack of problem solving skills
-Low self-esteem
-Poor judgment
-Ineffective communication skills
-Anger management problems
-Defiance and oppositional behavior
-Involvement with the legal system
-History of abuse (e.g., victim of physical, emotional, sexual, verbal abuse, etc.)

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