Copper Canyon Academy residential treatment center for girls offers a comprehensive therapeutic program. Students participate in individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy with experienced therapists who are licensed by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Services. Participation in a series of workshops enables students to focus on issues such as honesty, integrity, trust, responsibility, accountability, anger, self-esteem, and self- awareness.
Copper Canyon Academy believes that each student is unique and has designed a program that reaches students and families using a variety of approaches:
Students at Copper Canyon Academy therapeutic boarding school for teenage girls meet weekly for one hour with their assigned therapist. Therapists also reserve time each week for any students who need additional time.
The therapists at Copper Canyon Academy are master’s level and licensed, or license eligible, by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Services with a wide range of training, skills, and approaches. The primary approach is cognitive/behavioral therapy, and some of our therapists have extensive training in parent-child conflict, academic issues, attachment disorder, depression, substance abuse, and trauma.
Each therapist has a maximum caseload of 12 students. This group of students meets four hours a week with their assigned therapist. The purpose of this group is for the students to further explore their issues in a supportive environment alongside their peers.
Adolescents are much more driven by their need for peer acceptance than by concern for an adult’s opinion. In the same way that a negative peer group can lead a teen astray, a positive peer culture makes a significant impact on a teen's desire to do the right thing.
Copper Canyon Academy offers a full program of equine therapy
. Our equine therapy program is included in your daughter's tuition and is offered in addition to individual and group therapy.
Students participate in one of two community groups each week. One group focuses on a wide range of activities designed to practice social skills, enhance self-esteem, and discuss topics such as values. The other group is facilitated by a licensed therapist and is more "process" oriented, using 12-Step work to teach recovery skills, addressing community issues, and providing students a forum for giving and receiving feedback.
Students who are on psychotropic medications when they arrive at Copper Canyon Academy are reviewed regularly by our psychiatrist, who is a Child and Adolescent Specialist and is experienced in the field of adolescent medicine. Our psychiatrist works diligently with students and families to manage the student's medications, ultimately with the goal to decrease or eliminate medication use whenever possible.
Parents are invited to call their daughter's therapist weekly. As students earn phone calls and on and off campus visits with their parents, the calls to the therapist decrease to every other week. The purpose of each call is to look at the family dynamics that have contributed to the need to place the child at a therapeutic boarding school, and to begin to develop more effective parenting and communication skills.
Three powerful personal growth seminars are offered to parents. These seminars focus on the parents' issues and assist the parents in taking responsibility for their part in the family dynamic that led to the child's behavior. If the child returns to the same environment in which the behavior occurred originally, the likelihood of relapse is high. Visit http://www.aspenseminars.com
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Parents and students attend family workshops together to gain clarity about their family dynamics, improve parenting skills, work on unresolved issues, and rebuild communication and trust. A Family Living Agreement, developed jointly by the parents and the student, helps guide the transition home.