All Kinds of News for April 05, 2017
Elevations RTC, a co-educational residential treatment center for teens ages 13-18, utilizes a normalized campus environment to encourage academic and therapeutic success.
Elevations RTC strives to create not only a strong therapeutic environment but also provide a co-ed experience for students, which is designed to approximate, as closely as possible, the interactions that their counterparts experience in traditional middle school and high school. Students participate in co-ed activities on campus including the school day, etiquette dinners, co-ed therapy groups (level appropriate), and off campus recreational activities including snowboarding/skiing, hiking, running, bicycling, etc.
Teens often struggle to navigate relationships with opposite sex peers when mental health and/or behavioral issues are within the expected ranges. Youth who struggle with mental health or behavioral issues often have increased difficulties navigating and managing these relationships. And so treatment with appropriate co-ed components as part of the overall experience provides a venue for students that helps them learn to manage their relationships and practice pro-social behaviors with peers of the opposite sex. This becomes increasingly important as students transition from a treatment environment into traditional school and home environments.
“Myself as well as other therapy staff often participate in off campus recreational activities such as skiing, camping and hiking,” comments Jordan Killpack, MA, NCC, LCMHC, Clinical Director at Elevations RTC. “A student will often interact more openly with their therapist on a ski lift or while hiking in the outdoors. These opportunities to interact with students in an environment outside of the typical office setting help the clinical staff to reinforce therapeutic relationships and trust.”
At Elevations, many students struggle with academic challenges in addition to behavioral or emotional issues. The co-educational academic environment at Elevations RTC mirrors what students experience in a traditional high school setting. In addition to providing a normalized “real world” environment, the therapeutic and academic programming at Elevations are fully integrated.
“As a teacher of 18 years, I understand that the behaviors students exhibit in a classroom are very multi-layered and intricate. As educators, we need to be able to understand and unravel these complexities,” says Jennifer Capellen, Dean of Students at Elevations RTC.
Over the years, Capellen and the academic team at Elevations have worked closely with families and students to develop effective individualized academic plans.
“I absolutely love the fact that I can attend therapeutic groups with students, go on off campus activities with them, or even train for and participate in a triathlon alongside of them,” comments Capellen. “The relationship that is created in the moments outside of my history classroom ultimately help develop a positive and productive relationship that heeds positive results, both in the academic arena as well as the student’s overall well-being. If I can help a student understand how their learning is impacted by their emotional issues, then I have succeeded in giving them a better picture of their academic future and a healthier one overall.”
Elevations RTC is a unique residential treatment center that works with both young men and women ages 13 - 18. Elevations offers guidance, support and relief to young men and women struggling with issues like trauma, depression, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance use. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs for troubled teens. For more information about Elevations RTC, please visit https://www.elevationsrtc.com or call 866-952-7930.