The foundations of Behavior Modification therapy are based on the work carried out by BF Skinner. He believed human behaviors could be changed through operant conditioning which was carried out through positive and negative reinforcement. At Turning Winds, we strive to help struggling adolescents come to the realization they alone must be responsible for their defiance and the course their life takes.
We have found no reward system can help the true change that wilderness therapy and residential treatment can. In the beauty of the great outdoors, our students learn more about themselves and the world around them. Through each moment of the day, they are grasping the skills they will need to live a sober life once they graduate from Turning Winds.
For true changes to occur, a system of positive and negative reinforcement must be put in place. Teenage Boys and Girls who have a dual diagnosis do not always respond to these methods of treatment. Unfortunately, some adolescents simply make changes during the conditioning aspect of therapy and are unable to learn the skills they need to experience true change.
Turning Winds is devoted to helping adolescents make lasting changes through the educational experiences they participate in on a daily basis. Whether hiking, in class, or in therapy, students are given the opportunity to explore new methods of dealing with old behaviors.
Our staff provides a 5:1 student ratio so each of our students receives the full attention that is needed to address the individual mental health constraints they are suffering from. Through our staff, an individualized treatment plan is put in place so each student learns the skills they need to handle life’s challenges. We place a strong focus on character development which is crucial for the ability to face and overcome the life pressures young people deal with on a day to day basis.
With a focused emphasis on guiding teens towards making better life decisions, students at Turning Winds benefit from individual and group counseling, along with daily educational outdoor experiences that strengthen their fortitude to remain vigilant in their quest to change. Through our stellar academic program, troubled teens from Florida are not forced to decide between continuing their education and pursuing therapy because they can receive both in our all-inclusive program.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive grassroots mental health community. It is devoted to building healthier lives for Florida residents, and the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. A mental illness is a mental health condition that impacts an individual’s thought processes, emotions, and bipolar disorder. It may also affect the person’s ability to relate to others, as well as function on a daily basis. NAMI strives to shape the national public policy landscape for troubled adolescents, young adults, and families in Florida; affected by mental illness. NAMI also offers grassroots volunteer leaders with the tools, resources, and skills necessary to protect the mental health of individuals in Florida, and all over the nation.
As one of the leading residential treatment centers for a variety of therapeutic intervention strategies (CBT, DBT, behavioral therapy) and life skills development and experiential education in the nation, Turning Winds prescribes to the convictions of these premier authorities of volunteers and expert practitioners.
South Florida Behavioral Health Network – South Florida Behavioral Health Network is devoted to improving the lives of people with mental disorders and opiate abuse/addiction problems. Their goal is to develop, implement and refine a coordinated system of behavioral health care within the community that enhances prevention, treatment and change services for those troubled with or who are struggling with mental health and alcohol dependence problems.
Florida Hospital (Behavioral Health) – The Florida Hospital Helpline staff is available to offer information/referrals over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Like all branches of medicine, behavioral health, rehabilitating and change requires different paths for different people. Their behavioral health teams develop personalized treatment and supporting plans that truly integrate the whole person—mind, body and spirit—to improve the quality of life for each patient. For more than 50 years, Florida Hospital’s dedication to specialized behavioral health services spans the entire age spectrum. 24 Hour Mental Health Helpline, (800) 869-1616.
Turning Winds is the trusted choice for parents from Florida who may be looking for the optimal therapeutic boarding school to provide help for their at-risk child who may be struggling with anxiety, opiate abuse/addiction, or oppositional defiant disorder. Here at Turning Winds, parents and families from Florida can expect only the best results from our compassionate and expert practitioners. Our research-validated approach to a variety of therapeutic intervention strategies (CBT, DBT, behavioral therapy) and outdoor recreation and adventure therapy
Our practitioners are devoted to not only giving guidance to our clients in need, but also the whole family; with the care and commitment required for full change. It is our desire to assist, guide, and coach parents from Florida, with a troubled child, through a very difficult time. Turning Winds is here to serve! There is hope… and you are not alone. The vision of Turning Winds is to bring forth peace while rehabilitating emotional health for at-risk teen boys and girls from Florida.
Turning Winds has transformed the lives of countless at-risk adolescents over the years, including many from Florida. Our approach has improved the lives of our at-risk clients, and their families. We see that troubled teen boys and girls can grow to be healthy adults with a desire to succeed! Turning Winds understands that in order for our at-risk clients to experience real change, the entire family needs to be part of the help that our practitioners provide. Our intake counselors can be reached immediately at 800-845-1380.
We understand that the decision to seek help for your struggling child is a very challenging choice and that you likely have numerous questions about our therapeutic program. Give us a call to learn more, or apply using our secure online acceptance form today.