Gould Farm is a psycho-social rehabilitation program for people living with mental health and related challenges. This healing community is located on a 700-acre working farm in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts.
We serve adults with diagnoses of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, and related mental health challenges.
Gould Farm’s continuum of services include:
- A structured work program with varied activities on the farm
- Life in a caring community of peers and staff and their families
- Clinical services and support (Licensed by the state of Massachusetts as a residential treatment program.)
- Transitional services inWestern Massachusetts and the Boston area
Gould Farm is a residential therapeutic program where residents are referred to as “Guests” and are welcomed into a multigenerational community.
Staff and their families live and work on the Farm alongside guests. Meals, holiday celebrations, and special events are shared as everyone is encouraged to participate in activities that strengthen interpersonal relationships and self-confidence.
Residents live on the farm in one of three guest houses in individual rooms with shared baths and common living areas. Resident Advisors provide overnight support and assist Guests to achieve competency in their daily living skills.
Our on-site clinical staff provides psychiatric evaluations, individual and group counseling, medication monitoring, and coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Each guest works with a clinician who will walk beside them through their stay at the Farm. Our Clinical Team provides one-on-one therapy, case management and coaching, from orientation to discharge planning.
Clinicians are in constant collaboration with the Residential Advisors and Work team leaders and provide guidance to all staff to support each individual’s recovery.
Wellness strategies and supports are integrated into our program design, including an on-site exercise room and the availability of yoga, meditation, stress management, nutrition group, tobacco education, and substance abuse recovery groups.
Guests participate in all aspects of the farm’s daily work. From tapping trees and making maple syrup, to collecting eggs and making cheese from fresh milk, guests learn the benefits and rewards of hard work. Together we sustain a healthy community in which everyone can thrive.
Guests partner with work team leaders and clinicians to build compensatory strategies and create resiliency in work and social contexts. Vocational opportunities at Gould Farm help residents find strengths they didn’t know they had, experience new roles, learn new skills, gain job readiness, and build self-esteem.
Transition Support and Extended Community
Our transition program allows guests to move at their own pace through a continuum of services. We offer residential step-up support services at the O’Connell House in the Berkshires and Fellside, our Boston area residence. Staff support each guest in establishing and maintaining 30 hours a week of structure, which may include paid work, academic pursuits, volunteering, individual therapy, and wellness practices. Staff encourage a continuing connection to the Gould Farm community through shared meals and scheduled activities, providing a rich resource of meaningful connection and affirmation.
We also offer non-residential supports to guests who are well established in their self-sufficiency and would like to maintain an on-going relationship to Gould Farm. This program is available on a long-term basis and guests who have contracted for non-residential services are given priority re-admission to residential treatment if the need arises.