All Kinds of News for April 11, 2018
The Northwest Academy team is always looking for new approaches to provide students with as many tools as possible to support them as they navigate college and manage life as a young adult. Here are highlights of some recent initiatives:
Focus on Character Strengths
At Northwest Academy students identify and learn to flex their character strengths such as hope, leadership, kindness, zest and bravery. The research on the benefits of character strength shows it assists in reducing the likelihood of distress and dysfunction, while encouraging outcomes such as increased happiness, improved coping, and greater academic achievement.
Addressing Trauma through EFT tapping
One of the many ways we address trauma in students is through the use of EFT. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture, but without the use of needles. Tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians and is used in conjunction with positive voice affirmations. This works to “short-circuit” an emotional block and restores the mind body balance. Because it uses positive affirmations, EFT may work similarly to traditional “talk therapy” to some extent, but can be more effective for certain people because it engages both the mind and body. In studies, EFT has shown efficacy in treating PTSD and related symptoms.
Restorative Practices Initiative
We are introducing the use of restorative practices as a tool for students to use to restore and build relationships and achieve mutual understanding and collaboration.
Individual Pursuits in Local Community
Northwest Academy students experience potential career connections and interact within the local community to engage in individual pursuits. Students can explore athletics, internships and job options and other areas of personal interests. Students play on high school or club sports teams, perform at open-mic nights, take flying lessons, attend hot yoga classes, take certified nursing assistant courses and more.
Single Gender Opportunities
Northwest Academy provides a co-ed environment, which allows for a better understanding and respect for opposite sex peers. The Academy is also mindful of the need to foster single-gender relationships and provides opportunities for experiences and activities that are single-gender.
About Northwest Academy
Northwest Academy specializes in working with high school juniors and seniors, ages 16-18, who are college capable but expressing unhealthy independence, defying authority and family rules, have lost sight of their post-secondary dreams, and oftentimes are using or abusing drugs and alcohol. These negative behaviors are often a result of underlying issues including ADHD, trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and adoption/identity challenges.
Through individual, group and family therapy students work on addressing family dynamics and their own thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and the relationships and patterns between them. They participate in a recovery program and evaluate their substance use, co-dependency, and excessive social-media use.
Academic course-work is provided at a variety of levels including dual-enrollment courses and the option of attending community college. Students may retake classes and improve their GPA. We also guide students through the college application process. Students graduate from Northwest Academy with a high school diploma and anywhere from one to five college acceptances.
Northwest Academy provides the people, place and experiences that equip students with the knowledge to manage life’s ever-changing and challenging situations.