Why a Transition Program
Regression is a common problem after graduation from a residential therapeutic program. With this in mind, Montana Academy decided to address this by building a self-contained transition program for its students. Students move into town from the campus and live in several well-established beautiful houses in downtown Kalispell. 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 supportive and encouraging staff.
An Intermediate Step
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 campus 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 individualized goals while supporting their ability to handle increased freedom as they demonstrate readiness for a more independent young adult life. Students continue therapy and follow through with addictions work both individually and in groups.
Students learn to recover from their inevitable mistakes and to use the support of peers and adult staff in doing so. Students continue to improve communication with their families through continued family therapy and make frequent visits home as their commitments permit