All Kinds of News for February 08, 2017
All staff meetings are scheduled on a regular basis at Summit Prep. At a recent meeting the staff was asked to join small groups with a mix of clinical, academic and residential directors. The focus of this meeting was twofold: centering on self reflection and community connections. The end results gave good insights to the staff’s perspective of Summit Prep’s vision.
The initial task was for each staff member to take a moment and reflect on something work related where they felt pleased with their response to the situation. Each person was then asked to share their accomplishment with their small group. This generated great conversation and reinforced their affirmation.
The next assignment was for the groups to discuss and develop a list of what they felt are the strengths of Summit Prep. Lists were generated and there was a positive buzz in the room as lively discussions ensued. As time ran down each group was then tasked with selecting the top three on their list and then share one of their top three.
Later as the list were reviewed, common threads were discovered. A couple of threads that were noted by all groups focused on relationships and diverse activities. All groups expressed thoughts on the topics of positive relationships and how we are a caring staff, not only for our clients (the students), but also for the families who send their children, and for each other. Another common thread was centered on the activities and opportunities which are designed for our students both on and off campus and the thoughtfulness that goes into the purposeful planning to support both fun opportunities along with a therapeutic enhancement.
This meeting’s takeaways were as follows: At times it is easy to get caught up in the day to day planning and routine and one often forgets to reflect on personal strengths and abilities. It is also important to articulate the strengths of a program with each other to solidify the positive aspects of a work environment, rather than expecting a top down business model.
About Summit PrepSummit Preparatory School is an accredited private, non-profit, co-ed therapeutic boarding school located on 520 acres near Kalispell, MT. Summit integrates professional therapy and college prep academics within a nurturing and dynamic community that energizes and challenges adolescents to succeed and transform their lives. Grounded in the concepts of the Summit Model, the program focuses on promoting the development of healthy psychological and social skills. The campus is close to Glacier International Airport (FCA) and is less that an hour from Glacier National Park.