Compass Rose Academy’s Philosophy of Care, our Growth Model, is based on the work of psychologist and author Dr. John Townsend, Ph. D. In addition to addressing symptoms with elements of therapy models such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Compass Rose Academy’s clinical program features a major emphasis on affect-based approaches that utilize the central role of experience in the therapeutic healing process.
We deliberately look beyond the surface-level presenting problems and address growth from a deeper, “character structure” perspective. We define character as the “set of abilities necessary to meet the challenges of life.” The focus of the counseling, and all other aspects of our program at Compass Rose, is on developing the character necessary to face the issues of life. As we focus on building healthy internal structure in these areas, we find that symptoms like depression, anxiety, and defiance decrease and often are eliminated.
In family therapy, the therapist works with the parents and student to explore how improvements in family relationships and communication can help improve the student’s emotional and behavioral health. Families learn to relate on a deeper emotional level than ever before as family members practice new communication strategies that target common relational needs. Family therapy can take place via telephone or video conference for out-of-state families. Sessions also take place during special Family Weekends that occur four times annually.
Each student meets with a counselor for weekly individual therapy. The therapist also plays an active role in the daily lives of the students, including participating in many of the experiential activities and daily routines. Individual therapy identifies and addresses problems that led to placement by targeting the deeper “hard-wiring” issues that led to the emotional and behavior problems. Additionally, therapy teaches valuable skills like conflict resolution, anger management, emotion regulation, making friends, and recognizing and challenging negative thoughts. The individual therapist keeps in weekly contact with the student’s family.
Group therapy sessions, as well as the overall approach, are attachment-based to foster healthy connections with others since healthy relationships provide people with the resources needed to meet life’s challenges. Therapy groups at Compass Rose meet either weekly or bi-weekly and include: AA or NA Groups, Process Group, Didactic Group, Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Group, Education Group and Parent Group.
Compass Rose Academy believes in involving family in the healing process. We support and strongly encourage family participation in determining individualized goals. Parents are encouraged to participate in the initial assessment, treatment planning and treatment implementation processes.Learn More