November 07

Empowering Students with Executive Functioning Challenges

At Compass Rose Academy, we are also regularly seeking new ways to meet the needs of our students. This is why we built our new, intentionally designed campus, and why we implemented Project Based Learning in The Academy, one of the factors which lead to our recent accreditation through the Association of Christian Schools International.   …More >

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October 05

Compass Rose Academy Breaks Ground on Therapeutic Farm/Facility

Compass Rose Academy held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, October 5, 2023 to commemorate the start of construction on a new building which will serve as a multi-use center for agricultural learning and wellness.  Scott and Shantel Beck of Atlanta, IN, along with FBi Buildings and The Beck Foundation are providing the financial support for …More >

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September 21

Finding Purpose and Growing in Competence

As we head into our Competence themed Parent Weekend, there are a few questions I have been reflecting on. 1- What is my purpose? This is a question that we all have or will wrestle with in our lifetime. 2 – How do I know if I have achieved competence (or adulthood) and is that …More >

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September 19

Josiah White’s and Compass Rose Academy Announce Matthew Purkey as New President and CEO

Josiah White’s and Compass Rose Academy are excited to welcome Matthew Purkey as their new President and Chief Executive Officer. He replaces President & CEO Ron Evans, who will retire upon the transition after almost 6 years of service to the organization. Matthew will begin in his new role on October 2, 2023. Josiah White’s Board …More >

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August 23

Compass Rose Academy Welcomes New Vice President of Human Resources

Compass Rose Academy and Josiah White’s are excited to welcome Brandee Estes as the new Vice President of Human Resources. Brandee formerly served Josiah White’s from 2002 through 2012, beginning as a Human Resource Assistant and leaving as the Director of Human Resources. For the past eleven years, she has served in progressive HR roles …More >

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August 08

Summer Parent Weekend Recap

Every quarter, Compass Rose hosts a weekend for parents to come spend time with their daughter, meet the staff, and learn and grow. Each Parent Weekend focuses on a different core capacity of our Growth Model, and this summer’s event focused on Reality. Reality is the ability to hold onto and pursue your ideals while …More >

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July 24

All God’s Creatures

Just before writing this, my husband, my dog, and I were all sitting outside. After laying in the sunshine for a while, our dog got too hot and went into the shade of our open garage. My husband then got her fresh water, which she drank immediately. He then reflected on the joy of being …More >

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June 23

Registration Now Open for 2023 Alumni Family Reunion

Save the date for our upcoming 2023 Alumni Reunion on September 22 and 23!  We would love to have you join us for a weekend of reconnecting with other CRA Alumni. The weekend will coincide with our Fall Parent Weekend and will kick off with an outdoor dinner with food trucks, live music, and outdoor …More >

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June 15

A Seat at the Table

In 2 Samuel 9, we encounter an unlikely story in the kingdom of Israel. We find King David in the beginning of his reign extending an unlikely invitation to an unlikely candidate. Shortly after David takes the throne from the family of Saul, we expect to find him seeking to firmly establish his reign by …More >

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May 25

Reimagining School Discipline

You hear it all the time in schools: detention, suspension, “silent” lunch, lost recess, and the list goes on. We are conditioned to think that this is the only way to handle school discipline, but is it the right way?  According to the National Center for Safe and Supportive Learning Environments, “Punitive discipline does not …More >

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May 19

Breaking the Stigma on Borderline Personality Disorder

Many of the students at Compass Rose exhibit Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) traits. The DSM-5 describes borderline personality disorder (BPD) as “a pervasive pattern of instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affects, and marked impulsivity, beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Symptoms can include but are …More >

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May 11

How to Observe Mental Health Awareness Month

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked as a therapist with Josiah White’s and Compass Rose since 2018, I was asked as a professional in the field to write a post about Mental Health Awareness month and its importance. To be honest, though, I’ve never really thought much about Mental Health Awareness month …More >

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April 26

Revitalized Menu Focuses on Whole Foods for CRA Students

As part of life on the new campus, Compass Rose decided to revamp what the students were eating each day to better support their journey towards healing and growth. Since we know the important impact that nutrition has on our overall health, including our mental health, CRA put together a food committee made up of …More >

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April 18

Spring Parent Weekend: Rebuilding Fences and Setting Boundaries

When you invite your best friend to your home, are they only allowed past your fence and into your yard, or do you open the door and let them into the living room? What about a complete stranger? How far into your home would you allow them to come? How close do you allow people …More >

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March 29

In Pursuit of Our Heart

In our chapel services, we have been diving into the book of Jonah and have taken time in our Bible Studies to go more in depth to explore the implications of Jonah in our lives today. We often lose sight of Jonah in the mix of a big fish. We have lumped the story in …More >

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March 16

Mismatching Experiences

In our work with teens and families, we often talk about creating mismatching experiences, or corrective emotional experiences. In the type of therapeutic work that we do, these are powerful, even transformative processes aimed at freeing people from their emotional responses tied to early memories and attachment experiences. But what do we actually mean when …More >

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February 21

Treatment and Education: How Do They Work Together?

The decision to place your child in residential treatment can be a daunting one. There are so many different factors to consider when your end goal is ultimately hope and healing for your family. Sometimes, academics can fall to the wayside as life’s challenges arise. Navigating the waters of education while in treatment is important, …More >

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February 09

Compass Rose Academy Achieves CARF Accreditation

Compass Rose Academy is honored to have recently been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Meeting the standards to achieve this accreditation is one way CRA is ensuring that the students in our program are receiving the highest quality of care available. This accreditation requires our staff to participate in frequent …More >

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January 25

The Fundamentals of Teaching Family Model

At Compass Rose Academy, our direct care staff use the Teaching Family Model (TFM), a relational, evidenced-based, trauma-informed model of care focused on increasing life skill development in children and teens. When using TFM, our direct care staff engage in daily teaching interactions to help teens learn social and relationship skills. Residential staff, now called …More >

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January 11

What will you do about your relationships this year?

As you reflect on 2022 and look forward to the rest of 2023, are you content with what you see in your personal, professional, and even familial relationships? I observe that many people go from day to day, month to month, and year to year with the awareness that many, most, or even all of …More >

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