All Kinds of News for August 03, 2016
For 8 years Alpine Academy has had the privilege of inviting alumni students and families for reconnecting. The theme this year was “It’s Your Turn to Change the World”. 46 alumni students came to the event, along with many of their parents. Along with the alumni students and families, many of our current students’ parents and other family members. There were 300 people attending the weekend.
In addition to the traditional workshop weekend events (like in-person family therapy, meetings with the after-care coordinator, etc) highlights of these weekends are the alumni student panel, the parent panel, and the Lila Award Gala. During the Alumni panel, our current and alumni parents are given the opportunity to talk with and ask questions of our alumni students. This year the alumni group ranged in graduation dates from 2006 to 2016. They were able to offer a powerful perspective on what works and what doesn’t in regard to working the program, successful transitions home and reintegration to “real-life.”
The parent panel is an opportunity for current and alumni parents to ask questions of each other and seek support, ideas and guidance. This is a great moment where the parents can learn from each other and get great ideas on how to not only make time spent at Alpine most effective, but also how to aid their daughters in the process of coming back home.
The capstone of the weekend is the Lila Award Gala. The Lila Award is an award that honors our founder, Lila Bjorklund. Lila dedicated more than 30 years of her life to helping children and adolescents, never accepting a dime for countless hours of work. Her dedication, compassion and love are at the center of our mission. Each year, one of our alumni students receives this award who has taken advantage of her opportunity to learn and grow and help others along the way. The recipient is selected by a vote of all of Alpine Academy’s staff members. In addition to the award ceremony, we had 3 of our alumni students speak about what they are doing to “change the world”. One has become a certified EMT, one has gotten back to nature and is in the process of becoming a field guide and hopes to become a wilderness therapist, and the recipient spoke about her part in a collaboration with Coca-Cola to start an anti-bullying initiative.
Alpine Academy is a licensed Residential Treatment Center for girls ages 12-18 who struggle with emotional disturbances that are severe enough to prevent them from going to school successfully. Alpine is a fully accredited school with dual-endorsed teachers at the front of every classroom. Year round school and an extended block schedule enable students to start catching up on missing credits as soon as they arrive. Therapy is built into the school day so students never miss class for therapy or vice versa. The therapists use a variety of modalities (DBT, CBT, Mindfulness, EMDR, Equine, etc) to find the best way to connect with and help the youth through individual, family, and group therapy. Students live in homes on our campus with a married couple trained and nationally certified in the Teaching Family Model; they are called Family Teachers. Their only job is to care for and teach social, academic, and independent living skills to the youth. This allows for ongoing, pro-social skill development that is more easily generalized back to the home and public school environment.