| From Strugglingteens.com|
Licensed as a residential treatment center, Alpine Academy accepts girls with a wide range of diagnoses and works with girls who have suicidal ideation, but will contract for safety. Alpine Academy also accepts girls who continue to exhibit cutting behaviors, IQs as low as 80 and those with learning disabilities. Alpine does not accept girls with psychotic features not under control, acutely suicidal, assaultive or serious elopement risks.
The Family Teaching model includes using married couples as house parents. This model helps reduce the common problems of the girls manipulating the night and day shifts. Alpine offers a family type of environment with a 1:5 staff to student ratio. The program capacity is 40 students with 10 girls living in each of the four homes.
The staff therapists use a variety of therapeutic components including the Family Teaching Model, eclectic, and cognitive behavioral approaches as well as an EAGALA trained equine therapist. The Family Teaching model includes a token economy point system that tapers off as the girl's progress in the program. Each girl participates in individual, group, family therapy and psycho-educational group therapies weekly. The groups cover many areas such as adoption, self-esteem, social skills, etc. Family therapy occurs weekly via telephone.
Physical education and recreation are important aspects the program. The girls participate in circuit weight training, soccer, rock climbing, volleyball, basketball and tennis as well as community service projects, equine therapy and leisure riding.
I visited one of Alpine's classrooms where the girls appeared well engaged in working on their art projects. The classroom was orderly and though understandably reserved, the group could easily be from any typical high school. I found that many of the girls came from California and they seemed comfortable discussing the program with me. Even those who appeared uncomfortable attempted to explain what they were doing.
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