All Kinds of News for March 07, 2018
This week kicks off another round of Pre-Service Training at Alpine Academy. This training is for all new staff members to be introduced to the Teaching-Family Model and how it is implemented at Alpine. In that the Teaching-Family Model provides the framework for the entire treatment process at Alpine, it is essential that all staff members (Residential, Clinical, and Academic) become familiarized with this evidence-based model.
Pre-Service Training takes place over the course of two weeks and includes roughly 60 hours of classroom instruction, role-playing, and practical application. During this training, team members are introduced to the history of the Teaching-Family Model; the origin of Alpine Academy and its parent company, the Utah Youth Village; effective teaching techniques; social learning theory; self-determination; family systems, professionalism, consumer focus, crisis management and more. This training is competency-based, so trainees are evaluated and required to meet certain criteria through written and verbal tests, role-plays and practicums.
Once Pre-Service training is completed, residential team members are provided with ongoing training, consultation, and supervision to prepare them to meet criteria for their annual evaluation to receive international certification within the Teaching-Family Model. This training and certification process is essential to Alpine’s ability to maintain accreditation within the Teaching-Family Association and to ensure each staff member is properly implementing the Model with consistency and fidelity. This not only allows Alpine to make use of the research and evidence-based nature of the Teaching-Family Model, but also ensures that every staff member that students interact with is highly trained and qualified in their area of expertise. By hiring people who are gifted in relationships and equipping them with an evidence-based method of working with youth, Alpine creates a nurturing environment/milieu in which students learn, apply, and are held accountable for their behaviors and use of pro-social skills.
About Alpine Academy
Alpine Academy is a licensed residential treatment center for girls ages 12-18 located in Utah. Students struggle with emotional disturbances that are severe enough to prevent them from going to school successfully. Alpine is a fully accredited school with dual-endorsed teachers at the front of every classroom. Therapy is built into the school day. It is a nationally certified Teaching Family Model treatment program. The students live in homes with married couples, Family Teachers.