Rebuild: When behavioral change becomes heart change

Shelterwood’s treatment plan begins with the Rebalance Intensive Assessment™, designed to give your teen and your family space, safety and rest. During the Rebalance phase, the Shelterwood team determines the causes underlying your teen’s struggles and crafts a healthy path forward. After Rebalance, the second phase of treatment is Rebuild,
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Meet Melissa Winston

Melissa Winston is a licensed marriage and family therapist whose specialty is understanding how relationship systems impact individual teens. Her skill and wisdom make her an integral team member for our Shelterwood families. “We are trained to help create change in the systems,” Melissa explains. “That’s really tough, especially with
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Self-Love: Why it matters, how to encourage it

We spend a good portion of February inundated with all kinds of messages, commercials, stories and songs about love. Most of these are about romantic love, and, let’s be honest, most of them are simplistic and designed to sell you something. At Shelterwood, we take love seriously. We think unconditional
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Shelterwood’s fully accredited academics stand out

John Lawrence has been a principal at Shelterwood since August 2005 and works hard to deliver academic excellence at Shelterwood. One aspect of delivering quality education is staying on the cutting edge of accreditation. In the beginning, Shelterwood was accredited by the North Central Association, which now lives under the
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Meet Charissa Swindoll Gaither

Charissa Swindoll Gaither is Shelterwood’s first Director of Advancement and Donor Experience. She is tasked with gathering stories from families who have had experiences with Shelterwood and connecting people who believe in Shelterwood’s mission with opportunities to further it. “My job is to be on the road, all over the
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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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