Having Fun / Building Trust through Activities
In addition to therapy and school, a typical week at Stillwater Academy includes working hard at the gym, facing fears on the climbing wall, practicing with the band, working and riding horses at the ranch, and time for reflection. We believe in working hard and playing hard. Students participate in a variety of activities that are designed to complement treatment by providing more avenues for building insight, confidence, trust, assertiveness, & teamwork. As teens advance through the program, they earn more trust and are permitted to participate in more activities.
Activies that teens particpate in during treatment may include:
- Rock Climbing
- Offering service at local civic functions, nursing homes, and centers for the handicapped
- Participating in music therapy/band
- Going out to Movies
- Ice Skating
- Hiking/Back Packing
- Going out to Dinners
- Trail Rides
- Appropriate Concerts
- Talent Shows
- Field Trips
- Ropes Courses
- Playing Sports & Games
Building a Future with Life Skills
As students progress through the program they are encouraged to look beyond treatment at things they will need to do to create successful relationships and to be successful in life as well. Life skills that students gain while at Stillwater may include, getting a job, performing administrative tasks, service, learning to budget money, being trustworthy & dependable, the value of teamwork, assertiveness, & good communication to name a few. One of our “secrets of success” is the positive peer culture that exists at Stillwater Academy. In a very powerful and profound way, students bring out the best in each other as they live, learn and work together. Everyone at Stillwater Academy – clinical staff, teachers, and housing parents have one goal in mind – create an environment that encourages, builds, nurtures, supports and provides a safe place for students to grow.
The Power of Kids Helping Kids
In this video Lee Caldwell describes the power and importance of a positive peer culture.