All Kinds of News for September 13, 2017
Novitas Academy is a boys high school boarding school providing education within a therapeutic framework. One of the exciting clinical models used at Novitas Academy is Adventure-Based Counseling (Schoel & Maizell, 2002). Adventure-Based Counseling (ABC) gives group counseling a sequenced series of experiential activities. ABC allows for therapeutic process to be utilized in recreational and educational programs.
Working with teenage boys, clinicians come across some resistance to group counseling and process groups; talk therapy can be unrelatable to adolescent boys. Providing experiential activities that are counseling-oriented gives the clients opportunities to learn and receive treatment through interactive activities. Due to the ABC model, treatment is still being provided to address behaviors, communication, trust, and other areas of need without using traditional talk therapy.
At Novitas Academy, students participate in adventures from backpacking in the Sawtooth Mountains and floating the Payette River, to a robust game of partner dodgeball. Each activity has teachable moments or intentional work to induce growth. Although fun is happening, change is occurring in each of the students.
About Novitas Academy
Located on 30 acres of majestic river front property, Novitas Academy is a unique fully accredited and SEVIS certified therapeutic boarding school for boys ages 14-18. The program is designed to meet the needs of young men struggling with life skills, learning differences, lack of academic motivation, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ADD) and mild to moderate behavioral and emotional problems. Novitas is a relationship-based treatment program that strives to help our students build their self-esteem and self-confidence through discovering and nurturing their strengths, passions and dreams. Our goal is to help our boys reach their goals.