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Hope Academy, Intensive Outpatient Program


House of Hope Kansas City is excited to announce our newest therapeutic program designed to serve Kansas City metro area families –

The Hope Academy,

Intensive Outpatient Program.

For this unique group of teens and families, House of Hope KC is excited to offer The Hope Academy-Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) beginning in January 2022.  This IOP will leverage a similar therapeutic approach and regimen currently used in our Residential program, but the client would be able to continue to live at home.  Here are a few more details about our Hope Academy.  Complete the inquiry form at the bottom of this page or call our office for more information on how to enroll your daughter.

Who is The Hope Academy uniquely designed to serve?


For some teens who have experienced trauma, abuse or neglect in their past, weekly or bi-weekly counseling may not be enough therapeutic support to provide the kind of healing a family desires for their teen daughter.  At the same, a residential program may be more intensive than what a teen might require.  Whether your daughter has been experiencing challenges to her mental health from bullying, divorce, death of close family member, relocation, or a traumatic event, The Hope Academy IOP will be designed to assist teens, ages 12-17, begin the healing process in a safe, therapeutic environment where they can continue their academic progression.


Where is HOHKC’s Hope Academy located?  

Our Hope Academy is located on our main campus at

7040 Antioch Rd. in Merriam, KS

and therefore centrally located to serve families all around

the Kansas City metro.


When is The Hope Academy offered?

We offer The Hope Academy Monday-Friday during the

Fall and Winter/Spring semesters of the traditional school year,

August – December, January – May. 
The exact calendar is set each year to make allowances for holidays.  

The school day will be from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm each day.


How much therapy would my daughter receive if she were enrolled in The Hope Academy?

Each student would receive 3 therapy sessions per week – one Individual counseling session, one Family counseling session, and one Group Counseling session.  In addition to these weekly sessions, students will receive occasional specialized therapy, like music therapy, art therapy, or adventure therapy.  To read more on the various types of therapies used by our counselors check out this link to our webpage.  In addition to weekly Family Counseling, parents will also be expected to participate in a weekly Parent Education group.


What is the educational platform used for The Hope Academy?

House of Hope Kansas City partners with the Basehor-Linwood (KS)

Virtual School to provide a safe, accommodating, and comprehensive

education. Our teachers work diligently to assist the students to do the

best they can. Each student has their own class schedule to meet their

specific educational needs.


How long would my daughter be enrolled in The Hope Academy?

Every student’s healing journey is unique.  However, our plan is that your

student would remain in our program for a full semester to allow the maximum

amount of therapeutic effectiveness while also providing easier transition back

into your original school district after she completes the program.  If the parents

and counselor felt like your student should remain for one more semester, that

decision can be determined at that time.


Does The Hope Academy provide transportation?  

We do not provide transportation to our facility at this time.  Parents will be able to drop off and pick up in a 15 min. window from the start and conclusion of the school day.  Transportation will be provided for any school day therapeutic activities and/or field trips.


How much does The Hope Academy cost?

Our tuition is very affordable considering the amount therapy your student would receive and is on a sliding scale based on income.  Parents can pay monthly or can pay for the semester in full.


How do I start the enrollment process?

You can start the process by completing the ‘Contact Us’ form below or calling our

Admissions Counselor at 913-262-8885

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Our Counseling Staff


Vicki Bartholomew, LMSW | Admissions Counselor

Vicki Bartholomew has been with House of Hope KC since April 2018. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the School of Social Welfare from the University of Kansas. Go Jayhawks! Vicki is married and has 3 kiddos who keep her extremely busy with all of their various activities. She is thankful to be a counselor at House of Hope and being a part of the journey of healing with the girls and their families.

Vicki Bartholomew, LMSW | Counselor


Phoebe Finley | Counselor

Phoebe Finley is the newest member of the Counseling Team at House of Hope KC.  Phoebe received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Southwest Baptist University and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Kansas. For the last two years she has been at St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School as a school counselor and is currently pursuing her license in clinical social work and play therapy.  Phoebe works clients in our Residential program as well as clients in our Family Counseling Center.

Phoebe Finley | Counselor


Laurie White, LMSW | Counselor

Laurie White began her journey at House of Hope in 2010, while earning two Service-Learning Certificates from Johnson County Community College for her volunteer work with the annual Stars and Spurs fundraiser. She recalls learning to use her strengths as a former professional cake decorator while teaching a cake decorating class to the residents, while sharing her story of how she came to faith in Jesus.  Later she had to resign her full-time job as a Paralegal to pursue God’s calling to be a social worker, she applied for the House Staff job on two different occasions.  Marilyn called her for an interview, and from that day forward she would begin her career with House of Hope as a House staff, to Senior House Staff to Program Director to Counselor while earning her degree. Laurie graduated from the University of Kansas in 2017 with her master’s in social work and began her clinical supervision in December of 2017.   She is currently working towards getting her permanent License Master Addiction Counselor (LMAC).  The best part of her job is getting to know the teenagers and helping families repair and restore relationships.  

Laurie White, LMSW | Counselor


Rebecca Randall, LPC | Counselor 

Rebecca Randall, LPC | Counselor 

Rebecca recently joined the counseling team at House of Hope KC. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Baker University and her Master of Arts in Counseling degree, with an emphasis in marriage, couples and families, from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Rebecca is married to her husband of three years who she shares two pups with. Rebecca is biblically informed in her work with clients and focuses on family systems and attachment. Her specialties include anxiety, depression and shame.