Founded in 2002, Turning Winds is a specialized treatment center for teens between the ages of 13 and 18 in Troy, Montana, a tiny town in the northwest part of the state. Turning Winds offers a long-term therapeutic boarding school experience as well as Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP). Treatment is available for substance abuse and a variety of co-occurring disorders like ADHD, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, bipolar, oppositional defiant disorder, anorexia, bulimia and attachment disorders. All treatment combines wilderness therapy with evidence-based methods and education.
Treatment and Staff
The PHP and IOP at Turning Winds are suited for those who have either recently completed residential treatment or are looking for intensive therapy without committing to a full year and living on-site. These programs cater to those who live in the surrounding communities and also families who seek vacation rentals because they do not wish to be separated while their teen attends treatment. The length of PHP and IOP vary depending on the individualized treatment plan, though the duration is usually 30, 60 or 90 days.
PHP runs Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm. The focus of the program is to help the client establish a stable pattern of living through education, process groups and individualized treatment planning. PHP clients usually attend academic classes on-site and also receive therapy and learn life skills. IOP is generally done for three or four hours a day, three days a week during daytime or evening hours, depending on the needs of the client and family. IOP primarily serves as the aftercare phase of the more structured programs.
Treatment in both outpatient programs incorporates group and individual therapy that utilizes traditional evidence-based methods like CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI) and trauma-informed care. This may include psychiatric consultations, dietary training and exercise, all of which are intended to affect change through positive action. Clients are encouraged to attend AA, NA, or other 12-step meetings in the evenings.
The staff at Turning Winds includes medical, academic and mental health professionals. The clinical team includes several psychiatrists, a psychologist and MSWs. Additional staff includes state-certified educators, nurses and medical support staff, a nutritionist, chef and kitchen.
Outpatient clients who do not reside or have family in the area are assigned to a residence based on gender and under 24-hour supervision. Each day, clients are transported to and from the treatment facility in accordance with the client’s individualized treatment plan.
The on-site school is fully accredited by Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and, for those nearing graduation, career interest explorations and college prep guidance are provided.
Parental involvement is encouraged and parent workshops, assignments and family counseling sessions focus on building healthy relationships with family members.
The outpatient programs offered at Turning Winds serve as a step-down from residential care or a shorter-term option than the 12-month therapeutic boarding school. With opportunities for gender-specific supervised living off-campus or staying with family, the PHP and IOP are great options. For teens and their families who want to experience a healing stay in Montana for 30 to 90 days, these programs are a great choice.
Turning Winds Corporate Office
6885 Bauman Rd
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
Turning Winds Outpatient Cost: Depends on program and housing; insurance accepted out of network. Reach Turning Winds by phone at (800) 845-1380 or by email at [email protected]. Find Turning Winds on Facebook and YouTube
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