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Best Practices


Best Practice Modalities/Treatments include:

  • “Safe Crisis Management” (SCM) – a comprehensive training curriculum focused on preventing and managing crisis events. Safe Crisis Management has a trauma-sensitive approach with emphasis on building positive relationships with individuals being treated.
  • “Think Trauma – A Training for Staff in Juvenile Justice Residential Settings” – Developed by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and funded by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The training is divided into 4 modules (approximately 4 hours of staff training in each module); Trauma and Delinquency, Trauma’s Impact on Development, Coping Strategies (Survival Coping vs. Health Coping) and Vicarious Trauma, Organizational Stress and Self-Care.
  • EMDR – A form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the role of distressing memories in some mental health disorders, particularly PTSD. It is an evidenced-based therapy used to help with PTSD and other trauma related experiences.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) – A psychosocial treatment model designed to treat posttraumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral challenges in children and adolescents.
  • Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) – The EAGALA model is an equine assisted-psychotherapy or learning experience. Its distinctive experiential framework is designed to allow clients the latitude to discover, learn and grow from the horse-human relationship.
  • Trauma Resiliency Group – 12-week group exploring trauma’s effects on the brain and body and working to build resiliency to overcome those negative effects (“The Body Keeps Score”).
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – DBT is proven to be effective in treating the emotional instability and severe behavioral symptoms – self-harm and suicidal thoughts or attempts – seen in adolescents.
  • Thinking for Change (T4C) – This Cognitive-Behavioral Program curriculum was developed by the National Institute of Corrections that concentrates on changing the criminogenic thinking of offenders.
  • Gender Specific Programming – Designed to prepare our youth for successful re-entry into their communities. The aim of the group is to develop a knowledge and skill base for healthy living. Essential elements of healthy living include communication (within and between genders), healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, empathy, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, trauma, citizenship, choosing healthy partners, and positive steps to finding and restoring self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment – Youth assessed and determined for care in the Intensive Substance Abuse (ISA) III.5 program are those who have deeply entrenched patterns of maladaptive behaviors, extremes of temperament and possible co-occurring diagnoses. This program is aimed at personal change for students who have significant psychodynamic problems that impeded daily functioning in their home, school and communities. Both ISA and SA (substance abuse) are based on the CBT model, to include motivational interviewing, and stages of change. We view abstinence as the preferred treatment goal, especially for ISA group members, whose patterns of use provide clear evidence of impaired control and poses significant risk of serious harm if use continues. Intensive Substance Abuse treatment is offered at a minimum 10 hours of group per week.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment – Youth are assessed and determined to meet criteria for substance abuse treatment at the III.1 level of care. The SA program is based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and as such, explores all facets of the “self” as it relates to substance abuse. Youth will explore the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of addiction, but will also learn new coping skills, refusal skills training and alternative activities to substance use. Substance abuse treatment is a minimum of 4 hours of group per week.
  • Additional therapeutic groups are provided for students on campus and may include emotions/anger management, thinking for change/critical thinking, grief and loss and coping skills. Therapy groups are offered at a minimum of 100 minutes of group per week.
  • In addition, NSI is offering a minimum of 6 hours of clinical intervention, individual and family therapy, to each youth beyond group therapy. The 6 hours is divided between individual and family therapy, with a minimum a two family therapies per month. In the event that a youth does not have an active family, then additional individual therapy or collateral therapy (therapy with non-family members to benefit the child) may be offered.
    NSI Academy is accredited by NCA - North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement and the WY Dept. of Ed