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Date:2/25/2010

al-assisted therapy,” said Waring. “The length of the treatment program will also vary, some students may graduate in six months and other teens may take nine months or longer to complete treatment. Each student and their family should progress at their own rate as they learn and develop skills.”

Stephen’s parents decided to place him at Ironwood School and RTC, a facility that specializes in transforming students who have lost a sense of their values, who lack positive direction and who suffer from poor self-esteem.

“When teens such as Stephen arrive at a residential treatment facility, the therapists’ primary job is to create a safe and structured environment where Stephen can begin to acknowledge and understand his behaviors, diffuse his anger, begin to repair his relationship with his family, and move toward a healthier lifestyle,” said Waring. “This growth occurs within a clear framework of therapies and behavioral interventions that reflect the changing face of therapy.”

As a resident teen, Stephen was able to participate in solution-focused interventions, DBT, which leads to better coping strategies and interpersonal skills development, as well as addictions groups that utilize motivational therapy techniques and relapse prevention models. He also took part in comprehensive individual therapeutic sessions, where great emphasis is placed on human potential and the importance of healthy relationships.

Stephen also benefited from equine-assisted psychotherapy and dog therapy programs that lead teens on an introspective journey about relationships, responsibility, values and behavior. While developing horsemanship and riding skills, Stephen began to interact with animals in new and enlightening ways enabling him to see his family members in a new light and develop skills to better assist him in communication, handling frustration and anger, and expressing and receiving
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