In this month’s first blog, we addressed the difficulty our teenage residents often have with their academics. Addiction directly impacts middle school and high school academics in many ways. Addicts lose interest in school, lose the discipline to complete necessary coursework, have accumulating absences, and simply see school as a losing alternative to drugs or alcohol. Plus, if they are placed in a residential program such as Monuments, they obviously are unable to attend their normal school.
That’s why we place so much focus on our academics at Monuments. Our programs seek to build our students’ confidence by enhancing their ability to add value and relevancy to the world around them. For this we use what we call “progressive education,” which helps our student find roots in their present experience. Providing genuine real-world experiences is the heart of our progressive education program.
Our progressive education program has four tracks. These are structured around the student’s readiness to learn, which allows each student to progress at his own pace. These are the four tracks we offer:
- Digital Fabrication — This track seeks to get students thinking and creating using rapid prototyping technology. Projects are based on learning the authentic application of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software. The objective is for students to develop their idea visually so it can be transferred into data using software.
- Outdoor Recreation & Leadership — This track provides a strong foundation in outdoor technical and interpersonal skills required by outdoor occupations and recreation professionals. The focus is to develop leadership competencies while promoting safe outdoor practices. Activities from rock climbing to canyoneering to kayaking teach students the theories of leadership, wilderness first aid, group dynamics, proper use and maintenance of outdoor equipment, and principles of outdoor guiding.
- UAV Design & Aviation — This track introduces students to the job demands of the growing UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) aviation industry. Students passionate about technology, robotics, and automation have the opportunity to design and build their own UAV drone. Students are also able to earn an FAA license, which is required by industry professionals.
- Equestrian Trades — This track provides the preeminent “human-horse experience.” This process deepens students’ understanding of themselves, which is necessary to master the basic principles of horsemanship. Students establish how to communicate effectively, recognize behavioral signals, see the effects of the stress-response system, and learn proper grooming, riding, and training techniques. This track provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career path in equestrian trades.
Do you have a teenager who could be suffering from addiction? Call us at Monuments, (800) 559-1980, and let’s discuss how our residential therapy programs can help.