All Kinds of News for March 06, 2019
Montana Academy is spending the first week in March hosting over a hundred parents and families for the first of their semi-annual Family Workshops of 2019. (Montana Academy hosts two three-day workshops each year on its campus in Marion, and two two-day workshops each year for the Sky House located in Kalispell, MT.) These workshops are intentional in welcoming families from around the country and abroad to participate, learn and engage with each other and with the various staff and faculty. Sessions range from psycho-educational lectures that highlight the philosophies of treatment at Montana Academy to more interactive group processes allowing families to engage with each other. Families spend time with their sons and daughters informally throughout the workshops and attend family therapy sessions as well as parent-teacher conferences which provide further connection to student life and progress.
The days are full and productive while providing space to enjoy the company of community. Staff, faculty, families and students share meals together and typically enjoy a performance or two during the evenings. Post workshop is a time for families and students to spend the rest of the week together off doing their own thing and either enjoying the surrounding area or venturing off on a trip of their own.
Families are integral partners to life at Montana Academy and are important members of any treatment team, providing support, limits and direction to their sons and daughters. From the initial meeting during the admissions process and showing up at the time of enrollment, to the workshops, various other visits and trips and finally, graduation, families are following their own "program" and are engaged in the learning process alongside their children. Parents and siblints learn about their role in relationship with the Montana Academy students, as well as serve as mentors for newer families who are just joining the larger community. For families, these lessons are delivered comprehensively in the Parent Curriculum, which guides families through their own "phases" and delivers lessons in written form and in a video series.
Workshops at Montana Academy are times to honor the collaboration of a community. The feeling that one gets while walking around campus is a sense that all are in this together and that each student is benefiting from the warmth, support and encouragment. Montana Academy appreciates famlies taking time out of their schedules, away from other responsibilities and believes that this good work could not be accomplished without their participation.
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 provides students a robust combination of clincal 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, (pills or brief therapies), Montana Academy pursues a two-step diagnosis and dual treatment: (a) to identify and remove, in so far as possible, the obstacles to psychological development; and (b) to prod student to achieve new psychological milestones and so to restore the momentum of normal adolescent maturity.