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 because of that self-growth. In order to achieve that, you need a first-class team.

“We continually make tremendous investments in our team, in our physical facilities, in the equipment that our kids use, in the trips that they take,” says Turning Winds co-founder and chief financial officer John Baisden, Jr. “It’s pretty significant what we’re doing on a continual basis, just investing in our people. For example, we’ve pretty much doubled our clinical team in the last twelve months, which is a significant investment. We just saw a tremendous need to really ramp up our clinical approach and our clinical processes and needed just more expertise.”

And families come first at Turning Winds. Two of our treatment goals are increasing the healthy autonomy of our students while promoting better integration into their families and assisting their return to living successfully within their family system after completing the program.

The Turning Winds team helps students and parents understand that they are part of a system and in order for that system to operate successfully after treatment, the system needs to be adjusted. Families that change the most about their system tend to have better long-term outcomes.

“It’s an entire team process,” says Baisden. “The whole family gets brought into that process and they’re along for that journey, just as the kid we’re providing treatment for. So, having the clinical expertise has been very, very significant. We believe that by making those investments, we’re going to see greater results and outcomes with our patients and with our families. For me, that’s really the hallmark of Turning Winds: finding that value. It’s not what we can do today to gain a couple of months creating shortcuts in treatment so that we can save some money or resources here.” 

It’s not a short-term approach, but the Turning Winds team looks at things with a long-term view. 

“Not taking any shortcuts, but making that investment, doing the hard work, and putting in the time so you do have those outcomes for our patients,” says Baisden. “We want our patients to be successful. We also want our families to be successful. And you can’t do that by cutting resources.” 

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

Our mission is to rescue teens from crisis situations, renew their belief in their own potential, reunite them with their families, and put them on a sustainable path to success. Contact us online for more information, or call us at 800-845-1380. If your call isn’t answered personally, one of us will get back to you as soon as possible.


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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.

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