Behavior Modification and Residential Treatment For Troubled Teens from Illinois

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Located in MontanaTurning Winds has a full continuum of care supporting teens with mental health diagnoses from Illinois who are struggling with attachment disorders, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, depression and mood disorders, just to name a few.  In our unique environment, teens receive exceptional clinical treatment needed to make lasting changes in their lives. Behavior Modification is one approach that seeks to change unwanted oppositional defiant disorder into a more desirable lifestyle through operant conditioning. The treatment facilities that rely on this method of therapy treat troubled adolescents who are suffering from a variety of mental and behavioral dilemmas such as ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety. While some success has been achieved through this method of treatment, changes in behavior are sometimes short-lived, leaving parents with the burden of looking for other methods of care.


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, however,  no reward system can help the true change that a more comprehensive model of residential treatment, like Turning Winds 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.

Therapeutic Residential Treatment Center for Troubled Adolescents From Illinois

Turning Winds is devoted to helping adolescents make lasting changes through the experiential educational 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 Illinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois; 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 Illinois, and all over the nation.


As one of the top Academic Institutes 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.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Illinois (NAMI) – NAMI Illinois (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is a not-for-profit membership institution created to improve the lives of at-risk teen boys and girls, young adults, and families struggling with mental illness. In collaboration with NAMI National, Illinois affiliates and other like-minded authorities, they influence public policies, provide up to date education and guidance programs, and increase public awareness and understanding of mental illness. With more than 210,000 members, NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s premier grassroots advocacy institution solely devoted to improving the quality of life for individuals and their families going through mental illness.

Illinois Department of Human Services (Division of Mental Health) – The Division of Mental Health (DMH) is an institution for the state of Illinois which offers the Illinois residents with mental health services. DMH provides mental health services for children, at-risk teen boys and girls, and young adults throughout the state of Illinois. The resources, which DMH offers, provide their services to hundreds of affiliated mental health agencies, treatment facilities, and publicly funded authorities. These affiliated agencies serve as a ‘front door’ for those in need of looking for mental health treatment.

Turning Winds is the favored choice for parents from Illinois, who are looking for an Academic Institute to provide help to their at-risk child struggling with anxiety, alcohol dependence, or defiance. Here at Turning Winds, parents and families from Illinois can expect 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 makes our work WORK! Turning Winds’s serene and distraction-free setting helps even the most treatment-resistant adolescents find their way toward healing and change. 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 Illinois, with a troubled child, through a very difficult time. Turning Winds is here to serve! There is hope… and you are not alone.

Turning Winds has provided guidance to numerous families from all over the nation. Our skilled practitioners provide superior treatment to set the path of change for adolescents troubled with issues such as opiate abuse/addiction, anxiety, or even oppositional defiant disorder. Contact Turning Winds today at 800-845-1380 to speak with one of our expert intake counselors. They are readily available to answer any questions about our enrollment fees, insurance affiliations, and proximity to Illinois. Make Turning Winds and their therapeutic boarding school a life-changing and memorable experience for both your family and your at-risk child.


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.

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