Team Spirit Rules Supreme at Turning Winds

Over the past two decades, Turning Winds has matured into a sophisticated program that blends the benefits of a wilderness program, a residential treatment center, and a boarding school. The Turning Winds difference is grounded in this unusual hybrid approach and our skilled, caring, and dedicated team working tirelessly to give our teenage clients the […]

How to Handle ADHD in an Academic Environment

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or being overly active. ADHD was first included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders […]

No Treatment Shortcuts at Turning Winds

The Turning Winds program is modeled after a healthy family environment with strong role models and structure paired with an academic focus and clinical individual, and group sessions. The full-day approach includes longer stays and helps invest the time needed for meaningful change. Often unexpectedly, these teens return home ahead of their peers in development […]

Recreation Therapy on the Water

Exposure to nature and exercising outdoors can contribute immensely to improving a person’s mental health. 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 experience.  Turning Winds uses the great outdoors of Montana to combine adventure therapy, experiential education, […]

Back to School Advice: How to Deal with Teen Angst, Depression, or Anxiety

If it seems to you that your teen is in constant emotional turmoil, that’s because they are. Parents can think of teenage emotions as a rollercoaster ride for everybody involved.    Understanding the Rollercoaster of Emotions   The Climb: The ride begins with a slow but steady climb up a steep hill. You can do nothing […]

The Best Time to Act is Now!

When young people struggle with substance misuse or addiction, there’s usually also the question of school. Falling behind academically “can be detrimental to learning and future success, but traditional school can be tough for kids whose peer groups use drugs or alcohol and where treatment resources can be limited,” reported Rachel Morello on NPR in […]

Learning New Skills in Morocco

Turning Winds organizes international service trips abroad for clients twice a year. They have become a big part of the therapeutic experience for our teenage clients since the focus is on helping other people.  Traveling to foreign countries to be immersed in other cultures and help people less fortunate than ourselves is an exciting opportunity […]

The New ADHD Plaguing Our Youths

This article includes the topic of suicide. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call, text, or chat with the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988, or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741. People with mental illness are more likely to experience a substance use disorder than those […]

When the Identified Patient Turns Into a Scapegoat

The so-called “identified patient is a proverbial scapegoat,” wrote Annie Wright, LMFT, on Psychology Today in 2022. “Identified patients are often the first people in the room to nod their heads when the term ‘black sheep’ is said. You say ‘scapegoat,’ and they say ‘yes.’ They know what it is to feel lonely, unsupported, and […]

Effecting Positive Change in Treatment

Turning Winds helps young people learn how to correctly perceive and purposefully engage with the world around them. The program’s holistic approach, relational focus, and emphasis on achieving authentic openness make Turning Winds especially effective at facilitating positive outcomes and long-term change. “The simple, singular focus of our treatment program is to help each student […]