The Launch Academy at Heritage
Support With a Safety Net
For many young people the transition from residential treatment, wilderness or other therapeutic programs can be overwhelming. Many students miss the structure and support and find it difficult to adjust to the freedoms and responsibilities of returning home or to a step down or young adult program.
With increased independence in the Launch Academy the weaknesses that previously were undetected in students naturally become exposed. Students learn through natural consequences and will make mistakes. With the support of professionals in the Launch Academy – their safety net – the students are strengthened and prepared for the next step in their journey.
Launch Academy enables teenagers in their older years to explore and practice real world vocational, educational, and social experiences with the support of mentors, a therapist and a vocational and academic coach. Treatment focuses on five areas:
- Therapeutic Maintenance
- Academic Excellence
- Vocational Planning
- Community Integration
- Independent Functioning
It is important for teens to take control of their own mental health and the Launch Academy teaches them how to maintain therapeutic progress. Students learn to schedule their own therapy sessions, work with parents on what their relationship will look like when they return home, and utilize the therapeutic tools they may have already learned such as keeping mood logs, and implementing coping skills.
Academic and Vocational Planning
The realities of finding a job, going to college, or finishing high school can be daunting for some. To best prepare them for their transition students in the Launch Academy find jobs in the community, take classes at one of the local universities, or continue working on their high school diploma. Whatever their case may be, our professionals create highly individualized plans and work alongside each student so that when they leave Launch Academy they are better prepared to achieve their academic and vocational goals.
Students in residential treatment or other similar programs live in structured environments where much of their day is scheduled. Launch Academy prepares students for life after treatment by teaching them how to navigate everyday tasks such as transportation, attending social events, planning leisure time, practicing social norms, grocery shopping, engaging in physical activity, cooking, doing laundry, etc. Students practice these skills within the local community and gain confidence and are thus better prepared for daily life when they return home.
Launch Academy emphasizes a student’s right to make choices and accept accountability to build on executive functioning skills learned in previous programs. Students live in homes where executive functioning is emphasized as they practice independent living skills such as waking to an alarm and getting out of bed each morning, practicing appropriate personal hygiene and organizing and planning their schedules.