Montana Academy’s approach in working with students is a collaboration across realms and includes academic faculty, clinical staff, residential staff and parents.
A Dual Clinical Formulation
Support and treatment in a deeply relational setting that provides accurate feedback and mirroring from therapists, peers and staff allows a student, over time, to develop a stronger, more resilient and secure sense of self and way of relating to others.
Montana Academy’s academic success results from small class size, close teacher-student relationships, and tight integration of clinical and scholastic dimensions of each student’s daily life. The goal for our students, in school as well as in the clinical program, is an effective and engaged approach to learning. Montana Academy’s exceptional teachers engage young people in intimate classrooms, offering challenging curricula in a caring atmosphere.
Each new student at Montana Academy joins a cohort of peers and a stable staff group consisting of a primary therapist who sees students individually and facilitates family therapy, an academic faculty member who guides academic course planning, and two team leaders who facilitate daily life, activities and weekend outings. These teams truly know each student and their story and it is this depth of recognition that encourages students to take positive risks interpersonally, emotionally and academically.
From the Book, To Change a Mind, by John A. McKinnon, MD. See both of John McKinnon’s books here.