Equine Experience: How Working With Horses Can Build Self-Esteem and Trust

Turning Winds utilizes a variety of experiential treatment modalities. We use the great outdoors of Montana to combine adventure therapy, experiential education, and psycho-educational therapy. Experiential learning is based on the assumption that lasting change can occur when people are placed outside their familiar comfort environment and immersed in new and somewhat challenging situations. Interacting […]

Outdoor Activities Do More Than Just Support Therapy—They Are Therapy

Exposure to nature and exercising outdoors can improve a person’s mental health immensely. Through utilizing outdoor recreation in our treatment program, our teens experience the therapeutic effect of the great outdoors in a way that few will ever forget.  Last summer, our outdoor program launched a new pontoon boat. It was an immediate hit with […]

Unplug and Heal at Turning Winds

According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center published in March, nearly three-quarters of American teenagers say they feel happy or peaceful when they don’t have their phones with them. At the same time, the Pew researchers found that despite the well-known negative associations with smartphones, most teens are not limiting their phone […]

Christmas Shopping as Clinical Assignment

Celebrating Holidays at Turning Winds Teen Treatment Center Family holidays are important—for kids and parents. Thanksgiving and Christmas are traditional opportunities to come together once a year and enjoy a meal as a family. Mental health issues and substance misuse can seriously disrupt this tradition.  When your child needs help, such family events may need […]

Family Bonds: Healing Together at Turning Winds

Gathering spot for teens attending the adolescent treatment program for mental health and addiction.

Families come first at Turning Winds. Our treatment approach focuses on increasing the healthy independence of adolescents in our care while promoting and strengthening the family bonds, ensuring a harmonious and successful reintegration post-treatment. Family connection is one of the 12 character virtues taught in our program: students develop a greater appreciation for the strengths […]

Halloween Fun is Part of Teen Therapy

Teen and Turning Wind Director in a playful Halloween costume exemplifying the use of fun activities in teen therapy and treatment. Celebrating Holidays in Treatment

Celebrating Holidays in Teen Treatment: A Turning Winds Approach Being in treatment doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the holiday fun. At Turning Winds, teenage clients typically stay many months, often a whole year. That means they may not be home for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas. Or for Halloween!  “In the summer, […]

Turning Winds Offers Healthy Activities For Every Season

A pair of f students carrying their snowboards back up the snowy mountain for more snowboarding, one of the healthy outdoor activities Turning Winds offers.

Situated in the remote woods of Montana, Turning Winds offers young people a purposeful remove to find the self-confidence essential to leading a purposeful life. Here, away from the artifice and relentlessness of our current culture, young people can become free from the perceptions that reinforce negative thinking and instead accept new ideas and skills […]

The Healing Power of Nature

Sometimes a child needs a change of environment to get away from negative influences, break old habits, and gain new perspectives. For many teens, a change of location provides an opportunity for a new start. Turning Winds provides a safe, nurturing refuge when their home is no longer the best place for your child. But […]

Therapeutic Winter Activities at Turning Winds

Turning Winds is a family-run residential treatment center for teens combined with a fully accredited academic program. 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 in our program.  The therapeutic approaches—many particular to the […]

Throw Like A Girl Has A New Meaning

When someone says a person throws like a girl, they are most often being insulting. Today, girls participate in a wide variety of sports and they are giving boys a run for their money. Sports participation can help to keep girls healthy and assist them in increasing their self-esteem and confidence. Now that girls are […]