Program Description

Turning Winds Private Boarding School Program Description Summary

Turning Winds Academic Institute’s teen boarding school is a community of academic and therapeutic professionals focused on helping teens find their way past troubles and challenges to a path of engaged and productive living.

TWAI is accredited by two of the most recognized respected secondary academic accrediting bodies in the United States. We are fully accredited by Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA). Our teen boarding school accepts children between the ages of 13 and 18. Turning Winds Academic Institute, a specialty private boarding school, can accept enrollment of approximately 45 students. The entire program averages approximately 12 months.

Our Integrated Therapeutic Curriculum (ITC) is distinguished for integrating a therapeutic direction throughout the program, including academics, nightly group sessions, sports, the outdoors, and all other activities our teens experience.

We have helped hundreds of teens work through challenges to achieve a constructive attitude. The Institute continues to make a positive difference within in the lives life of each teen with whom we work.

TWAI believes families are an integral part in the process of helping a child make changes in his or her life, and we encourage parents to actively participate along with their child in recognizing and implementing the changes necessary for success. Parental participation can include, but is not limited to the following activities: parent workshops, assignments, and family counseling sessions facilitated by one of our clinical staff. While enrolled at TWAI’s therapeutic boarding school your son or daughter will traverse through three program phases: orientation, transition, and aftercare.

 

 

HELPING TEENS WORK THROUGH CHALLENGES TO BUILD A LIFE OF PURPOSE AND WELL-BEING

Orientation Phase

The orientation phase of our teen boarding school is approximately five-six months; however, the length will be determined by the progress of your teen. This is also known as the stabilization phase of our teen program. During orientation, your teen will be assessed behaviorally, emotionally, and academically. Once these assessments are made by our clinicians and academic staff an individual treatment plan will be completed and will serve as a therapeutic roadmap for your teen during the remainder of the program. Among other things, your son or daughter will participate in individual and group counseling sessions, life skills classes, team-building activities, and outdoor adventures to help cultivate personal growth and internal change.

 

Transition Phase

After commencing from the orientation phase your teen will enter the transition phase of the boarding school experience.The Transition Phase of TWAI prepares students to transition back into the home environment. During this phase your child will continue to stabilize emotionally, behaviorally, and academically. This is the time that your child will become involved in regular extracurricular activities, start mentoring peers, and engage in regular off-campus activities.

Another important component of our therapeutic program’s transition phase is the regular family counseling that occurs between the child and his or her therapist and the family. Family counseling is helpful in providing parents with the needed guidance to ensure, when the time arrives for the child to return home, that the teen, and family, will have all the tools necessary for a successful reintegration back into the home. In essence, our goal is to help the parents and child come back together and work toward common goals to help achieve a strong relationship that goes beyond the walls of our therapeutic boarding school.

Once it is determined by our staff, therapists, academic leaders, and the parents that the child is ready to start the transitioning process back into the family from our boarding schools for teens, we will start planning a series of visits for the family to come and visit the child, and then for the child to visit home before finally returning home for good. These visits are not meant to be vacations, rather they are opportunities for your child to prove that he or she can maintain his or her positive lifestyle while with the family. The visits will help “test the water” and ensure that when problems arise they are identified and all the necessary adjustments are made before the child finally returns home.

 

Aftercare Phase

Finally, after arriving home from our therapeutic boarding school we have set up a support network in which one of our therapists will be assigned directly to your family for regular counseling sessions and continued support during the critical Aftercare Phase. After the agreed upon Aftercare contacts have come to an end we encourage parent and child to keep in contact with TWAI and use us as a resource on an as-needed basis. We have found when parents and the child keep in contact we are able to help both the family and the child to stay on track during this decisive time.
Contact us or call one of our admissions counselors to get help now. 1-800-845-1380

 

MAKING THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE, ONE LIFE AT A TIME

PARENT TESTIMONIAL

“Jonathan is doing wonderfully. He’s 18 now, going to college at the University of Colorado and staying in a dorm. He also has a full-time job as a sous chef at a four-star restaurant in Colorado Springs, and he very much enjoys his work. His personality has vastly improved, and I can honestly say that in more than a year since he’s been home we haven’t had a single argument with him. That’s never happened before! Rebecca and I do not begrudge a moment Jonathan spent with you. He is miraculously improved now and we really enjoy having him around; we’re proud of what he’s accomplished. Thanks for your help.” -Kevin

STUDENT TESTIMONIAL

“As far as my struggles prior to Turning Winds Academic Institute, they somewhat still remain and it’s a constant effort to continue to be successful. It’s self-rewarding though to push through and accomplish what used to seem impossible. I have been sober for almost two years now! I never thought I could do it, but I have and it has changed my life more than anything else has! I also have become more assertive, independent, brave, and open minded. I am still pretty opinionated though :) and my patience is something I try to be better at… but sometimes fall short. :) That’s just Abby though. -Abby

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HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR TEEN BOARDING SCHOOL

  • We believe in and teach the principles of “Leave No Trace” where outdoor activity is concerned. We are environmentally friendly, conserving energy by using solar technology.
  • Our program is time-tested, getting exceptional results for over a decade.
  • Our student is a diverse, international group, providing a rich cultural experience for all.
  • We offer students fine, healthy cuisine, prepared by a professional chef.
  • We are certified as a testing center for GED, SAT, ACT and CLEP.
  • Our experienced clinical team possesses the highest standards for respectful and constructive treatment.
  • We work with parents to find financing solutions and to expedite insurance reimbursement.
  • We offer regular one-on-one therapy sessions.
  • Our focus is on working through challenges and on building character.
  • Our program focuses on improving family dynamics via core value teaching.
  • Our certified teachers come from a variety of backgrounds in education, affording them the necessary tools to cultivate success with each student.
  • Our tight-knit, small community and program design allows us to focus on the individual; no child in our care will “slip through the cracks.”
  • We offer intensive parent support through webinars, regular family counseling sessions, parent workshops and an effective aftercare program
  • Turning Winds Recreation and Education Connection (TREC) is our system of bringing the outdoors into our therapy.
  • TWAI employees – whether clinical, administrative or custodial – are the finest in the industry.
  • We’re located in a wonderful natural setting in serene Northwestern Montana.  Our campus sits on 150 acres with a beautiful trout river flowing through it.
  • We’re fully accredited as an academic institute by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and by the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA). 
  • Utilize the outdoors to help facilitate change.
  • We have successfully helped hundreds of teens in crisis.