We recognize and embrace the fact that each student is unique. An individualized treatment plan is formulated for each student within the first thirty days of his/her stay. In order to form the most effective treatment plan, the clinical team at Waterfall Canyon Academy will enlist the help of parents, referring agents, and professionals who have previously worked with the student. Each treatment goal will assist the student to communicate, identify, and practice pro-social attitudes and behaviors. Each student will be assigned to a primary therapist upon admission. The primary therapist will be the leader of the clinical team for the student. All students will receive the clinical services listed below.
Each student will meet with his/her primary therapist for a minimum of one hour per week for individual therapy. Depending on the student’s attention span, several brief sessions may be held each week. Through the individual therapy process, students learn skills that provide tools needed to identify and dispute the self-defeating beliefs they have acquired. Individual therapy also affords students the opportunity to resolve issues which may not be addressed in other areas of treatment.
Family therapy, an integral part of the student’s treatment program, is provided by the primary therapist. The contributing thoughts, feelings and behaviors resulting in the out-of-home placement must be processed with the family in order to retain positive changes when the student returns home. All students will have a minimum of one family therapy session each week. Family therapy sessions will be conducted at Waterfall Canyon Academy or via telephone conference calls. When the student graduates from the program, follow-up family therapy sessions may be provided. Parents are also expected to attend a minimum of two “Family Weekends” during their child’s stay. The family weekends, scheduled three times a year, will include a multi-family support group, parenting seminars/workshops, scheduled therapeutic activities and off-campus visits with the family and student.
It has been our experience that our students respond positively to the group process. Students participate in multiple groups on a daily basis. A sample of these groups is listed below.
• Social Skills
• Daily Living Skills
• Clinical Topic Groups (ie. Grief and Loss, Trauma, Adoption issues)
• Anger Replacement Training (ART)
• Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
• Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Students suffering from chemical imbalances that contribute to behavioral and emotional difficulties may receive medication management, as needed, through an APRN and/or a triple board certified psychiatrist. The parents of the student receiving psychiatric care will be informed throughout this process and consulted if any medication changes are recommended. Please note that there will be additional fees for extended medication management services such as psychiatric evaluations and consultations.