Shortridge Academy breaks down our therapeutic programming into three Phases. Although treatment is individualized to the student and family, the Phases provide a general structure and framework for learning.
The main component Phase One is skills acquisition. Students are expected to become oriented to the program and will familiarize themselves with the goals of Positive Youth Development. Therapeutic and academic skills are introduced and taught in a variety of ways. Students maintain a phase one portfolio which provides a record of skills they have acquired. At the end of this phase they complete assessments of their own work, and decide with their team when they are ready to move to Phase Two. Phase One also includes on campus family work.
Phase Two is a period of rehearsal and practice. Students continue to practice the skills which they acquired in the first phase with emphasis on internalizing those skills and applying them appropriately. Students begin to have visits at home during this phase and start to apply their Shortridge skills to their home and everyday life.
Phase Three is about mastery and maintenance of skills. Students are expected to be able to apply their skills with minimal direction. They can maintain a healthy daily life both at home and at school. They understand their learning including their strengths and challenges and are equipped to handle adversity. Phase Three students are true to themselves while contributing to the lives of others.