Teen & Tech: Helping your teen connect in real life

We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about teens and technology at Shelterwood. Today’s young people are deeply impacted by almost unlimited online access, smartphones and social media. Always-on technology can be a powerful tool for connection and an enemy of true social engagement. Melissa Winston is a
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Shelterwood Earns Elite Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

On June 28th, Shelterwood was awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. The Joint Commission is a nonprofit health-care accrediting organization that sets quality-care and patient-safety standards for hospitals, home health care providers, nursing care centers, and more.  The Joint Commission has been accrediting
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Three ways to help back-to-school anxiety

The last few weeks of summer can be tough on the whole family. As preparations for the school year go into overdrive, so can teens’ stress and anxiety. The trepidation can come from a multitude of sources: academic pressures, fear of failure and the possibility of bullying are common reasons
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Teens, tech and empathy: Four ways you can help

An article by Alon Shwartz, founder of unGlue, an app that helps families manage technology boundaries, has been making the rounds at Shelterwood. In it, he shares a conversation with Dr. Michele Borba, author of Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World. Borba connects big dips in empathy
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Set the Tone for a Positive Summer with your Teen

Summertime can be a time of fun and freedom for families. Summer can also trigger conflict born out of too much unstructured time, competing priorities and even good, old-fashioned boredom. When family members are also struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction or other mental health issues, summer days can become more
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Family Retreats Nurture Restoration

Family retreats are a highlight of the Shelterwood year. In the spring and fall, families gather at Shelterwood to learn, reconnect and grow together. Boys’ and girls’ families meet on separate weekends in April and October over four days of intentional activities and quality downtime together. Why Family Retreats? The
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Four Questions to Guide your Admissions Journey

The Shelterwood admissions journey is different for every family. Some parents might call when their child is in crisis and arrive on campus within a week. Some parents might be in touch with Shelterwood for years before deciding their teenager is ready for residential treatment. There’s no right or wrong
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