Cunningham’s residential services provide a therapeutic living environment where treatment is received all day, every day as youth go through routines of daily living. Every interaction becomes a learning experience and opportunity for therapy. 

Our main campus residential program serves boys ages 9 to 17 at the Residential Treatment Center where residential units offer the highest level of regulated care. Overtime, youth may earn independent time and other privileges.

The Girls Group Home and Kendall Gill Boys Group Home provide a community-based intervention approach to up to young people ages 15 1/2 to 18. While still offering 24-hour staff support, the Group Homes are a less restrictive residential environment as youth begin developing skills needed for independence. 

Types of Therapy Services

Individual therapy: Individual therapy focused on growth and healing for youth with developmental, mental health, or trauma-related issues. 

Family therapy: Provides family healing when the family and the child or youth are ready.

Group therapy and education:  Anger Management, Feelings (emotional regulation and coping skills), Sex Education (appropriate boundaries and social interaction), Sexual Reactivity Issues, Teen Relationships, Physical and Sexual Abuse Recovery, Adaptive and Independent Living Skills, Anti-Bullying and Recreation therapy.

Special therapy activities: Activities include recreation, music, art and spiritual therapeutic programming. Children with severe emotional and behavior problems respond to the social interaction and creative challenges involved in recreational therapy and engage themselves as active participants.

  • Cunningham participates in the Illinois Interagency Athletic Association (IIAA), including soccer, swimming, softball, volleyball, basketball, and track and field. Additionally, the organization engages in arts, crafts, creative writing activities and chess.
  • The spiritual nurturing of children and youth has always been an integral part of our provision of care. Chaplain Anne Fuquay, our United Methodist Chaplain, supports youth and their families during crises and provides leadership for campus events and celebrations. Spiritual services are optional and customized for each client’s needs.
  • Thank you for remembering our kids and staff in your prayers. Your prayers mean so much!  Please also print our Prayer-A-Day Calendar.