John Baisden, Jr

John Baisden, Jr

John Baisden Jr is the father of seven inspiring children, and he is married to Kara, the love of his life. Together they have created a family-centered legacy by leading the way with early childhood educational advancement. John loves to write and is an author of a children’s book, An Unlikely Journey and plans to publish additional books. Show More

John is a visionary in his work and applies “outside-the-box” approaches to business practice and people development. He is the Founder of Turning Winds, along with several other organizations. He has extensive experience launching and developing organizations. His skills include strategic planning, promoting meaningful leader-member movement, organizational change, effective communication, project management, financial oversight and analysis, digital marketing and content creation, and implementing innovative ideas through influential leadership. As a leader, John seeks to empower others and brand success through collaborative work. His vision is to lead with courage, grit, truth, justice, humility, and integrity while emphasizing relational influence rather than focusing on the sheens of titles, positions, or things.

Finally, John is passionate about life and promoting equity among those who are often overlooked because of differences that frequently clash with the “norm.” He lives in Southern Idaho and loves the outdoors and the life lessons that can be learned in such an informal environment.

How Turning Winds Began

Turning Winds is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. The Montana-based program began in 2002 with the simple desire to help young lives see a new path. In the decades that followed, the program matured into a sophisticated program that blends the benefits of a wilderness program, a residential treatment center,

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Graduation as a Landmark

Graduating from high school, college, or a vocational program is usually a key moment in someone’s life. It’s a symbol of change, progression, and moving on to new adventures. People take a moment to celebrate what they’ve achieved so far and appreciate the memories that this part of their journey

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The Stars Program Inspires Treatment Progress

Turning Winds is a family-run full continuum of care for mental health issues combined with a therapeutic boarding school for teens. We believe the success of our teenage clients is based on a combination of therapeutic and educational approaches that provide the best possible outcomes for each patient we treat

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The Therapeutic Family Environment at Turning Winds

One of the many special things about Turning Wind is the way the team is able to create a family environment for the teens in treatment. One of the awesome people who make that happen is head chef Veronica Langton. She is an experienced and excellent international cook who is

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3 Most Effective Troubled Teen Residential Treatment Options

The other day, I had an interesting conversation with a mom about her 15-year-old girl. We discussed her daughter’s struggles with chronic depression and anxiety. She talked about her beautiful daughter’s potential and dreams and how suddenly, when she was 12 years old, her life came to a halt.  She told

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The Digital Madness of America’s Youth

“Today’s media landscape is larger and more diverse than ever before, with youth having access to an unprecedented volume of digital content across numerous devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, laptops, and gaming consoles,” wrote Jacqueline Nesi in a 2020 article for the North Carolina Medical Journal. “Social media represents a

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Turning Winds Celebrates 20 Years of Helping Teens Grow

Twenty years ago, Turning Winds began with the simple desire to help young lives see a new path. In two decades, the program has matured into a sophisticated program based in Troy, Montana, that blends the benefits of a wilderness program, a residential treatment center, and a boarding school.

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The Healing Power of Character Education and Life Skills Training

The Healing Power of Character Education and Life Skills Training Turning Winds fosters a therapeutic environment modeling functional family communion to help adolescents achieve better mental health and establish beliefs that support long-term stability and personal success. Character education and life skills training are crucial elements of this approach. At

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Mentoring Peers in Treatment at Turning Winds

Mentoring Peers in Treatment at Turning Winds Peer support encompasses a range of activities and interactions between people who share similar experiences of being diagnosed with mental health conditions, substance use disorders, or both. This mutuality between peers seeking recovery promotes connection and inspires hope.  By sharing their own lived

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Going Abroad to Find What is Within

A Transformative Experience from Traveling and Finding Yourself We have all heard how traveling can broaden a person’s horizons. You interact with different people and learn new things about other cultures. According to blogger Volina Serban travel helps you grow and become a better person: “The more you see and

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