Northwest Passage II is a therapeutic activity-based residential treatment program. The small group intensive treatment experience of this program is designed to address each client’s mental health issues while promoting recovery concepts. Program activities focus on empowering clients, increasing self-worth, developing healthy coping skills, building a constructive connection with the community, and positive relationship building.
Northwest Passage II offers a home-like environment on a secluded Northwoods lake. This 15-acre property also has an indoor gymnasium, an educational facility, and an abundance of outdoor space.
There is a minimum of a 1:4 staffing ratio and type II clients are accepted in all programming at Northwest Passage.
Assessments and Casework…
Outpatient Neuropsychological Evaluations (available on a case by case basis)
- Academic Evaluations
- Medical/medication assessments
- Treatment plans and monthly reports
- Discharge planning, conferences and reports
- Aftercare treatment plans and follow-up
- Individual Therapy
- Family Therapy
- On-site Psychiatric Services
- Group Counseling
- Service Learning
- Independent Living Skills
- Individual and Group Chemical Health Therapy
- Expressive Arts Programming
Northwest Passage II provides outdoor therapeutic activities. Clients are placed in a natural environment that encourages the development of increased social skills, emotional stability, and self confidence. For many of our clients, the outdoor experience at PII provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to face significant challenges which lead to a sense of accomplishment in themselves that they would not have previously thought possible.
We recognize the significant role that healthy physical activity can play in helping adolescents gain stability in emotions and increased self-esteem. We engage our clients in a variety of physical training activities such as running, canoeing, and cross country skiing. An indoor gymnasium gives us year-round access to activities such as basketball, floor hockey, weight lifting, and “bouldering.”
Passage II Academic Program…
The Northwest Passage II academic curriculum is a flexible program designed to meet the needs of a broad range of student abilities. Lessons in mathematics and language arts are tailored to individual student needs. Social studies and science units are taught and interwoven with critical thinking skills and hands-on problem solving. We also have the ability to work alongside home schools for specific student needs and online courses. Students are given ample opportunities to become competent naturalists and artists through creative arts and our exclusive In a New Light nature photography and Lakes in a New Light environmental science courses. Coursework is credited and transferable.
Lakes in New Light, a project-based companion to Darby Nelson’s book, For Love of Lakes, blends art, science, emotion, and reason to create an educational and emotional experience that the boys will retain throughout their lives. The project teaches fundamental ecology principles while combining this learning with fine art photography and written reflections about their artwork. Lakes in New Light was created in partnership with acclaimed educator, conservationist, and author Darby Nelson.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy…
Northwest Passage II engages programming specific to the needs of our clients. Although our clients are often referred because of behaviors that have been concerning to those who love them and problematic in their lives overall, most often it is their emotions that lie at the root of their difficulties. Often, our clients are those who have experienced extreme emotions and who often attempt to avoid distress by engaging in harmful behaviors (drug use, elopements, promiscuity, self harm, etc.). Therefore, we have integrated Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, into our programming. This type of therapy differs from other methods because it focuses on emotions rather than thoughts. DBT teaches people to look at areas of conflict in their lives and resolve them differently than they typically have in the past. Ultimately, this will help them discontinue those harmful behaviors. DBT focuses on the here and now, rather than what may have occurred in the past and includes instruction in areas such as:
- Emotional regulation -learning to change emotions and promote stable emotions
- Distress tolerance -learning how to put up with emotions that hurt but can’t be changed
- Interpersonal skills -learning how to appropriately interact with people to successfully get what you want
- Mindfulness skills -learning to be in the moment rather than always in your thoughts
- Meaning-making skills -identifying what is really important to you so that your behavior and plans are always tied to your values
DBT typically includes one individual therapy session and one group therapy session per week. Both sessions focus on instruction of the necessary skills. Clients are also asked to complete homework assignments between sessions to help them maintain focus on the skills they are learning.
Northwest Passage II values the engagement of family members in the treatment process so that they can better support their son and gain an in depth understanding of their therapeutic progression and growth.
During treatment, Passage II provides a “Family Weekend” designed to help families both support the efforts of the clients and begin the collaborative process of transition planning. Families are invited to tour the program, meet with the staff, and participate in an activity or lesson taught by their children regarding expressive arts, DBT skill training, or another therapeutic activity.
As a result of understanding the nature of short-term residential care, Northwest Passage II has a position dedicated strictly to aftercare services for our clients. At no extra cost to the purchaser, our Aftercare Coordinator will provide support services and problem-solving assistance for up to 60 days after discharge.
The Aftercare Treatment Plan may include:
- Working with parents and community-based professionals to identify, connect with, and help clients access community resources to meet identified aftercare needs
- Meeting with school officials and personnel in the community to ensure a smooth transition and positive reintegration into public school
- Assisting older clients in formulating future plans such as employment, college, vocational programming, or the military
- Meeting with families and other aftercare resources for counseling, problem solving, or other issues
Northwest Passage accepts referrals from parents, social service personnel, community service providers (therapists, psychiatrists), and independent educational consultants.
For referral or admissions information please contact our Admissions Director, Mandy O’Malley, directly by phone at 715-733-0737 or by e-mail at MandyO@nwpltd.org.