Mentors: A key piece to the treatment puzzle

Mentors are an essential component of Shelterwood’s multi-disciplinary, relationship-based model of care. Every student who comes to Shelterwood is paired with a mentor, who works closely with therapists and teachers to help guide the teen’s toward healing. Kortney Levy, Shelterwood’s Director of Recruiting, is charged with finding energetic, empathetic people
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5 Ways Grandparents Can Change Kids’ Lives

Dr. Ken Canfield has dedicated a lifetime to studying and promoting healthy family systems. He has founded multiple family-strengthening initiatives, such as the Family Center and the National Center for Fathering, and lent his expertise to sources as diverse as Al Gore’s “Father to Father” initiative, the Oprah Winfrey Show,
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Five Ways to Help Teens Set Better Goals

We all know the success rates for New Year’s resolutions are abysmal. We start the year off with so much hope and, just days later, are back to our old habits. Goal-setting is hard enough for adults. It can be even more difficult for teens, especially if they are facing
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Four Ways Grandparents Can Help Diffuse Family Conflict

We all know grandparents are expected to take on certain roles in today’s modern family: Grandchildren-indulgers, family-gathering hosts, on-call babysitters, parent-encouragers, keepers of the family’s stories. One author—and friend of Shelterwood—believes there is another overlooked calling grandparents are uniquely positioned to be: Peacemakers. In his book The H.E.A.R.T. Of Grandparenting,
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Meet Kortney Levy

Kortney Levy is Shelterwood’s Director of Recruiting. Joining the Shelterwood Team in August, she brings more than 10 years of recruiting experience and a passion for people to her role. “Such a God Situation” Kortney hadn’t heard of Shelterwood until this past summer, but it came into her life at
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Meet Dr. Dan Harris

As Shelterwood’s Social Studies teacher, Dr. Dan Harris loves creating lessons where true connection and learning come together. “I’m looking for those few moments when you get to do some real teaching, when all of a sudden they are interested in something, and you get to go beyond,” Dan says.
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Holiday anxiety: How to help your teen

The holidays can deliver cheer and stress, wonder and anxiety, big highs and crushing lows. These seasonal swings can be disorienting for adults, but for teens, who experience emotions even more intensely, they can be downright destabilizing. Therapist Jeremy Lotz (MA, LPC, NCC) says the holidays can be especially hard
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Retreats Make a Big Impact on Teens

Sometimes change can happen just by changing your point of view. Shelterwood’s Jeremy Stanley understands the power of shifting your perspective. He has seen it play out in his life, and he has watched it work in the lives of teens. He plans retreats and mission trips designed to help
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