All Kinds of News for May 10, 2017
A positive milieu is a structured community environment which provides teens with the support they need to create lasting changes for emotional and behavioral challenges. The milieu on campus helps students improve communication skills, feel like members of a team, and build a positive peer culture. At Elevations, team directors play a large role in ensuring that the milieu on campus is supportive and healthy.
Jamie Clapier, team director of the Green Team on campus, works closely with her team to help each student achieve success.
“In my role, I help foster a positive peer culture, which promotes healthy relationship skills,” comments Clapier. “A positive peer culture is created through trainings, in the moment coaching, and communication with all members of the treatment team.”
Practicing communication skills and working together as a team are important aspects of creating a positive milieu on campus. Tiffany Paquet, the team director for the Ruby and Diamond teams, describes her role in developing these skills:
“I get to observe the different dynamics of each team and implement creative therapeutic interventions that foster a positive milieu,” comments Paquet. “ I also have the opportunity to give hands on coaching to our direct-care staff in order to provide the best possible client care. Our multidisciplinary team act as role models for pro-social behaviors. By doing this we teach our students the skills necessary to help them build happy, successful lives. Working as a team helps break that ‘us versus them’ mentality. After all, I believe we learn just as much from them as they do from us.”
In addition to working closely with students to help build strong social skills, team directors track the progress students make.
“As a part of training and supporting milieu staff, I get to interact with every student on campus on a regular basis, often during challenging times,” comments Team Director Aaron Sceili. “This allows me to learn about each resident and see the progress they make, day in and day out. ”
Program Director Eric Flores, who oversees the team directors as well as the milieu programming in general, describes the team effort in creating a healthy, thriving culture on campus:
“Elevations is a family, a community of professionals who strive to achieve greatness,” says Flores. “This community continuously evolves standards and best practice applications in order to provide exceptional client-care. The knowledgeable and collaborative professionals at Elevations thrive at setting the standards that have defined it as a leader in the Adolescent RTC community.”
About Elevations RTCElevations RTC is a unique co-ed residential treatment center that works with students ages 13 - 18. Elevations offers guidance, support and relief to students 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.