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Regression is a common problem after graduation from a residential therapeutic program. Montana Academy addresses this problem by providing students with a self-contained transition program. Students move into town from the ranch campus and live in several well-established beautiful houses in downtown Kalispell, Montana. There they embark on a program that provides them with real challenges within a structured and supportive community. There they have the opportunity to practice independence as well as communal living surrounded by trusted adults.
The Sky House program has the goal of producing competent young adults by promoting independence, teaching valuable life-skills, encouraging responsible community involvement and supporting social and emotional growth. Students coming from the ranch are already accustomed to functioning with consistent structure and routine. Once they arrive at Sky House, they have the opportunity to create their own structure for a healthy balance of study, volunteer/job, exercise and recreation. Staff members are responsible for helping students follow through with indivdualized goals while supporting their ability to handle increased freedom as they demonstrate readiness for young adult life. Students continue therapy and follow through with addictions work both indivdually and in groups. Students learn to recover from their invevitable mistakes and to use the support of peers and adult staff in doing so. Students continue to improve communication with their families and make frequent visits home as their commitments permit.
No path is the same for individual students and life at Sky House makes special note with each new arrival. Building upon previous successes, each student establishes goals and objectives, in collabaoration with the treatment team, that ideally work towards increased confidence and autonomy. The Sky House routine provides students with balance between obligatory and unstructured time prompting increased self-guidance and building sustainability.
The Sky House program focuses on several program areas and incorporates these elements creatively into a dynamic schedule. Based on where each individual arrives academically, that student either is integrated into the local Flathead High School or may enroll at Flathead Valley Community College. Separate from academia, students are able to choose from a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the local community and are expected to fulfill a specific number of hours each week. As freedoms increase, students are able to opt for paying positions and embark on the job search with staff support. The Sky House's life skills curriculum encompasses formal lessons as well presents itself in a number of practical problem-sovling situations. Students are provided local gym memberships and are taught balance and nutrition in shopping and meal planning. Family systems work as well as individual and group therapy are part of the routine which now focus on transition planning and the various experiences of more independent living. Students who continue to seek addiction support attend a specialized Sky House addiction study group and have the added benefit of the local recovery community through meetings and sponsors.
About Montana Academy
Founded in 1997, Montana Academy is a coed, accredited, privately-owned therapeutic boarding school located in Northwest Montana. Unique in the nation, Montana Academy providees students a robust combination of clinical sophistication, an effective therapeutic program and a challenging prep school all situated on a 500 acre Montana ranch. Instead of limiting treatment to symptom relief, Montana Academy pursues a two-step diagnosis and dual treatment: (a) to identify and then remove, insofar as possible, the obstacles to psychological development; and (b) to prod students to achieve new psychological milestones and so to restore the momentum of normal adolescent maturation.