All Kinds of News for June 06, 2018
At Elevations RTC, a residential treatment center for teens ages 13-18, students are encouraged to express their voice and become leaders on campus.
On a monthly basis, Executive Director Judi Jacques, M.Ed, meets with a Student Advisory Board to discuss a wide variety of topics as well as plan special activities and events. The Student Advisory Board is an open format in which the students are invited to participate, and bring up issues that are important to them as related to their stay at Elevations. These issues cover a wide spectrum of topics: from the temperature of the water in the showers to generating new programming ideas that may help their peers who are currently struggling to gain some additional motivation. The students are also always quick to spend time recognizing outstanding staff members. The concerns and ideas generated during the Student Advisory Board are brought to the Elevations Leadership Team for discussion, solutions, and implementation.
“The voice of the students through the Student Advisory Board can be seen in countless ways on campus from our monthly Super Supper Social and Leadership Shirt Tuesdays to the addition of several level-associated privileges and community roles, all of which were generated from different Student Advisory Board meetings,” comments Judi Jacques, M.Ed, Executive Director of Elevations RTC.
In addition to the Student Advisory Board, students have the opportunity to gain leadership skills on campus in bi-weekly campus meetings. During these meetings, students learn skills such as problem solving, being assertive, and stress management. These skills help build students into strong leaders. “During these bi-weekly meetings, specific students are assigned as leaders,” comments Tiffany Orozco, Residential Team Director of the Olympus and Everett Teams at Elevations RTC. “Students assigned as leaders are encouraged to help lead these meetings by bringing up specific topics and communicating their needs.”
These meetings give students an opportunity to support one another, feel connected, and give each other feedback and ideas on how to help themselves and their teams. “I get a lot of support from the leadership on campus, whether it be advice for how to address a situation or just to talk about stuff that is going on,” says an Elevations RTC student. “I think that leadership really does help everything go more smoothly.”
Each quarter, students take part in a survey which allows them to voice their thoughts on a wide range of topics including academic programming, campus milieu, staff, and their overall experience.
In the most recent survey, students rated academic programming and therapeutic staff with a rating of 4 out of 5.
About Elevations RTC
Elevations RTC is a unique residential treatment center that works with both all students ages 13 - 18. Elevations offers guidance, support and relief to students struggling with issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral problems, and substance use. Elevations RTC is located in Utah and provides specialized, clinically intensive programs to struggling teens.