Creating an optimal therapeutic environment requires forming strong relationships between student, therapist, and the entire Northwest Academy staff team. Student and staff, working together to form clear and consistent boundaries, results in your troubled teen developing a healthy sense of self. That positive change, behavior management skills and emotional growth allows your child to create and sustain healthy relationships, and to keep on track to reach his or her true potential.
Adolescent drug and alcohol abuse often stems from different causes than abuse by adults. Teens have more trouble envisioning the consequences and their use of substances is often opportunistic and involves binges. They are also more likely to be experiencing co-occurring mental health issues. It is critical that the treatment services are appropriate to the adolescent’s cognitive, physiological and emotional stages of development.
Northwest Academy’s primary objective for our students is not to reach unattainable perfection, but rather, to better equip them with the life skills and tools they need to face life’s ever-changing and challenging situations.
We purposefully create an environment where your child can celebrate and learn from the choices they make. Each failure and success is a learning opportunity which aids in the development of new tools and skills. As students develop and demonstrate responsibility, they are asked to accomplish tasks that they previously thought were beyond them. They begin to demonstrate responsibility, role-model appropriate behavior to newer students and assume active leadership roles on campus.
Our character development program is structured into phases with a cumulative curriculum designed to build upon lessons learned. Each daily experience is a transformative opportunity. As students’ progress through the program they earn greater levels of freedom and responsibility, gaining opportunities to apply their newly acquired skills.
Many of our students are utilizing medications as a part of effective treatment for mental health conditions. We work with a board certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who comes to campus along with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and meets regularly with students and consults with parents to provide psychopharmacology services.
Our approach to psychopharmacology is designed to respect student individuality and parent wishes and to acknowledge the complexity of this intervention. A detailed student history and ongoing discussion of a student’s response to medications is essential to providing excellent care.