The Residential Model at Alpine Academy stands out as one of our most unique programmatic elements. This model focuses upon psycho-educational skill development and clinical support delivered in a family-like setting which replicates “real life.”

The ultimate goal for parents is for their child to be successful at home, and research supports therapeutic interventions that allow a child to replicate skills in a setting that is most like reality.

Alpine achieves this by creating a family and community setting in which the girls live, learn, recreate, and most importantly, receive valuable therapeutic services. Alpine students reside in a home with live-in treatment providers called Family Teachers. Family Teachers are a married couple who reside in the home and act as treatment providers full time. This professional couple provides the most unique form of treatment intervention available. In addition to seeing to the day to day care and coordination of treatment, they also provide 24 hour teaching and development around the individual treatment goals of each girl in their home. This model reduces instances of manipulation, triangulation, and lack of consistency that can result from a shift staff model.

The Teaching-Family Model

The psycho-educational skills development is delivered through the Teaching-Family Model. The Teaching-Family Model is one of the most researched and respected models of intervention in use today. This model provides the foundation for the level system, therapeutic curriculum and philosophy of everything in place at Alpine Academy. All of the Residential staff are either certified, or working toward certification, in this internationally recognized treatment approach. The Teaching-Family Model has allowed Alpine to create a microcosm of real life experiences which reinforce opportunities for a student to learn and grow in a setting that is most conducive to her returning home. Alpine’s Residential model paired with individual, family, and group therapy create a clinical intensity that is effective, collaborative, and the foundation for sustainable change.

Click here for a research article on the Teaching-Family Model, from the American Psychological Association.

Click here to read about the Teaching-Family Model’s listing on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.