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Santiam Crossing School

Therapeutic Boarding School

Santiam Crossing School Program Information

Gender: Coeducational
Ages: 13 - 18
Grades: 8 - 12
Estimated Enrollment: 24
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2004
Accreditations: Affiliations:

Santiam Crossing School Contact Information

Address:
P.O. Box 482
Scio, OR 97374
Phone: (503) 394-4294
Fax: (503) 394-7096
Email: info@santiamcrossing.com
Website: www.santiamcrossing.com
School Contact: Sarah Mack
Alternative Contact: Kirsen Rostad, MA
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Santiam Crossing School provides families with a treatment option that is less than one year in length, therapeutically intensive, and enables students to catch up academically. The curriculum integrates academics, therapy, wilderness adventure experiences, and service learning.

Santiam Crossing is located on 157-acres in the Oregon foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Our therapeutic boarding school provides families with a treatment option that is less than one year in length, therapeutically intensive, and that enables students to catch up academically.

Our curriculum is designed to engage our young students in the process of understanding themselves, appreciating their families, realizing what they want in life, and helping them to achieve those goals through hard work and managing their own behavior. Graduates leave Santiam Crossing ready to make appropriate and healthy lifestyle choices, are committed to their recovery, and are able to experience academic success in another setting.

We invite you to review this web site to learn more about our school. Also feel free to give us a call at 800.390.3983. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your individual situation and to share with you how Santiam Crossing School may offer a solution.

Including families in therapeutic interventions with their children is one of the best ways to enrich family life for all family members, and to prevent a child from relapsing after treatment. At Santiam Crossing, parents and children participate in family therapy through twice-monthly conference calls that include the child, the parent(s), the Santiam therapist, and, when possible, the family’s therapist from its own community. On the third weekend of each month, students join with their parents on campus to work toward successfully reuniting the family. Therapy issues addressed include family structure, communication, parenting consistency, trust and responsibility, and managing together the child’s behavior and future.

The treatment provided at Santiam Crossing is client-centered and individualized. Each student is assigned to a master’s level therapist who oversees and guides his or her progress in the Santiam community. A variety of therapy approaches are used including individual therapy, group sessions, psycho-educational groups, substance abuse and recovery, wilderness therapy and family therapy.

Students participate in multiple group therapy sessions each week. Groups focus on a range of topics including substance abuse, recovery, adoption, grief and loss, self-defeating thoughts, anger management, and self-management of behavior.

Family Therapy
Family therapy occurs via phone every other week. In addition, parents join with their students on campus one weekend per month to work toward successfully reuniting the family. Therapy issues addressed include family structure, communication, parenting consistency, trust and responsibility, and managing together the child’s behavior and future.

Levels System
Santiam Crossing integrates a level system within the treatment and educational program. This integrated system is built to honor the achievements of the students. Advancement though the level system opens the door to leadership opportunities, expanded privileges, increased family interaction, treatment and academic advancement, and preparation for program completion.

Therapy at Santiam Crossing


Students participate in at least 8 hours of group therapy each week
Students have at least bi-weekly family therapy via phone sessions
Students have weekly individual therapy sessions
Students participate in family therapy during family weekend
Students have 1:1 check-ins as appropriate for additional peer accountability and support
Students have therapeutic support from cabin staff
Therapeutic Milieu
The therapeutic milieu at Santiam Crossing provides students with a social environment that creates a safe and therapeutic space from which healing, recovery, and growth can occur. Our therapeutic milieu is based on the belief that every interaction between a student and a staff member has therapeutic potential for personal discovery and learning new ways of interacting and negotiating with others in a healthy way.

The milieu setting allows for the opportunity to closely observe and develop an understanding of how students’ interpersonal relationships deteriorate and become problematic and how certain situations trigger dysfunctional responses. The milieu perspective also recognizes the importance of identifying and empowering the client’s own internal resources, helping them to expand upon the strengths they already have in an effort to facilitate healing and recovery.

At Santiam Crossing, the entire staff is part of the milieu team. We work closely together to generate an overall understanding of the student and the community as a whole, as well as develop a comprehensive approach to working with each student.

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