SOURCE: Turning Winds Academic Institute
March 27, 2008 15:31 ET
Turning Winds Academic Institute Uses Three-Step Process to Help Struggling Teens
TROY, MT--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Turning Winds Academic Institute, a therapeutic
boarding school located in northwestern Montana, is taking a unique
approach to helping at-risk teens who suffer from substance abuse,
behavioral disorders and other related issues. The school is currently
implementing its program in a three-step "phasing" process, which includes
orientation, transition and aftercare.
The school provides assistance to both boys and girls, ages 12 to 18, and
is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and
National Independent Private Schools Association. The school's secluded
location allows for a distraction-free education, while offering students
the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential. The phasing program
also gets parents and counselors involved after students leave school and
integrate back into their home environments.
"Our proven program helps teens find the potential that is within all of
them," said Owen Baisden, vice president of operations for Turning Winds
"We feel all three phases are extremely important, including the Aftercare
phase, which is implemented once a student leaves our facility," he added.
When a student arrives at Turning Winds Academic Institute, he or she
begins the Orientation phase, which can last anywhere from four to six
months. Also known as the stabilization phase, students participate in
individual and group counseling sessions, life skills classes,
team-building activities and outdoor adventures to cultivate personal
growth and internal change.
The second step, or Transition phase, prepares students for transition back
into the home environment. During this phase, emphasis is placed on
emotional, behavioral and academic stability. Teens start the transitioning
process back home, which includes a series of visits from family members
and short home visits for each child.
Lastly, after arriving home, students work with an assigned therapist for
weekly counseling sessions and continued support during the critical
Aftercare phase. A brief return visit back to Turning Winds Academic
Institute within three months of departure is recommended.
The entire program averages approximately 12 months per child. With
enrollment capacity of only 40 students, the school's small environment
allows for intensive focus on each individual, allowing no child to slip
through the cracks.
For more information, visit www.turningwinds.com or call 1-800-845-1380.