Consistency

November 7, 2016

The Power of ‘Adopt a Horse’ For Students Who Struggle with Attachment

It was late one afternoon, and Jimmy, a student in the equine therapy program at Heritage, was spending time with his adopted horse, Scout. He was teaching Scout to be comfortable with the body clippers. He had been working on this task for weeks—little by little gaining Scout’s trust. He was showing a great deal of patience and concern for his horse. He wanted his horse to feel safe, and to be comfortable with the task. As time went by, Scout let him get closer to him with the clippers turned on. Then he let him touch him on the […]
October 17, 2016
Diabetes concept glucose meter in hand and healthy organic food

Care for Diabetics in a Residential Treatment Center

Heritage, a residential treatment center, often receives inquiries and applications for student with diabetes. As a center with a dedicated medical building and staff, we are one of few treatment centers for adolescents that can accommodate diabetic students. Below is a summary of the methodology used to care for these students. Heritage medical staffs work to empower students diagnosed with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus in self-care and diet management.  At the Heritage Medical Center, we believe in a holistic approach to diabetes management that incorporates student’s physical and mental health.  We believe that as a student progresses in their mental […]
May 30, 2016
Respect and pray on nature background

With Humility Comes Clarity

I received an email from a parent and the following words impacted me: “Our daughter made it through the weekend without any major incidents, largely because Tirae was there.” Something akin to a sneak attack ensued with my emotions. I knew Leeann and had a great relationship with her. At first I felt warm and fuzzy about the email. As I reread that sentence, my smile vanished and I felt uneasy; what I initially took as praise slowly turned into a cold knot in the pit of my stomach. I searched for Kristi, one of the therapists who work with […]
May 9, 2016
IMG_1268

Just Hold On

In 1998 my husband and I decided to take our two oldest sons and their cousins on a rafting trip down the Colorado River. As we “knew a guy,” we borrowed life vests, rafts, and chose to not hire a guide—after all, who needs a guide? The river only flows one direction. With confidence born of the ignorant and thrifty, we were on our way. It didn’t take us long to realize the raft our sons were in, was holding air, and our raft was holding water. We bailed and planned to pull to shore as soon as we got […]
February 8, 2016
advocate

Self-Efficacy: A Key to Improved Behavior

Assisting adolescents with speaking for themselves (advocacy) is a very important learning task.  Having a parent or guardian advocate for their children is a tricky process.  There is a fine line between rescuing and advocacy.  One tends to enhance self-esteem and the other can create a dependence handicap.  Encouragement with making decisions and having ownership of their choices are the steps to self-independence. At Heritage, we feel this is so important that we measure a student’s ability to achieve self-efficacy with a self-reported tool called a Treatment Support Measure (TSM). “Self-efficacy is broadly defined as a self-perception of one’s ability […]
February 2, 2016
Family Fun

Creating a Positive Family Culture

As we exit the holiday season and start the New Year, I have been reflecting a lot on the importance of quality time, tradition, and cultivating family culture.  Culture is defined in the Miriam Webster’s dictionary as, “a particular society that has its own beliefs, way of life, customs, art, etc.”  What this definition doesn’t explain is that culture is usually created very organically, and has many unwritten nuances and rules. The organic nature of culture is often so subtle that we rarely take the time to identify or consider what we are projecting as important to our children. So […]
January 26, 2016
Meditation

Creating Balance in Your Life

Life can be filled with highs and lows, happiness and stress, fun experiences and scary ones. I personally have many things in my life that make me happy and then in the next instant worry me to death. Working with teens brings this feeling daily. One minute everything seems to be going right and the next it blows up in my face and vice versa. Dealing with what comes your way in life is important, but more than that, it’s important to manage the things in your life that you can control. Being balanced in all areas of your life […]
August 5, 2015
take-care-of-yourself

Take Care of Yourself — You’ll Have More to Give

By George Often caregivers, especially mothers it seems, feel that if they give 100 percent to their troubled child, it will finally pay off. Or if not, at least you’ll have a clear conscience when you die a burned-out martyr’s death at an early age with lots of gray hair. While it’s important to give your best to the ones you love, there’s something to be said about taking some balanced time for self care as well. I compare it to having a battery. In theory, it may be noble to drain your entire battery, overextending yourself worrying about your […]

ACCREDITATIONS


AE_logologo-05 logo-06 logo-01logo-01logo-01