Rather than insulating our resident boys from the outside world, the Hawk’s Landing program provides a safe, therapeutic environment where they can attend public school, participate in extracurricular activities, and build upon their freedoms and responsibilities in an individualized way that only a small residential treatment center can provide.
Self-Determination and Personal Responsibility
The Hawk’s Landing program focuses on self-determination and personal responsibility developed under careful supervision but within a “real world” environment. Rather than providing therapy in isolation, our goal is to help our students learn appropriate behaviors and establish a healthy response to the challenges they will be met with throughout their lives. We aim to teach our students to take responsibility for their actions, and we reward their growth and self-control with commensurate freedoms.
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The Hawk’s Landing Residential Treatment Program Aims to Help our Residents:
- Establish healthy boundary recognition and implement boundary keeping strategies.
- Develop impulse control.
- Identify and resolve unhealthy patterns in behavior and communication.
- Provide a safe, supportive environment for boys to learn and grow in responsibility and freedom.
In the event that your child has an existing 504 or IEP, the Bonner’s Ferry High School will work in close contact with our staff to manage them; however, generally speaking, Hawk’s Landing is not equipped to handle major interventions such as severe emotional, physical or learning disabilities. The Hawk’s Landing program is designed for students who are in need of more structure and support than they can get at home but do not require the intensive therapeutic environment or services found at more restrictive institutions.
Your Child Will Be Supported by a Clinically-Based Program Which Includes:
- Individual Therapy
- Daily clinical-based guidance and therapeutic assistance that is ingrained into daily life at Hawk’s Landing
- Group Therapy Sessions
- Weekly Family Therapy Sessions via Video Chat
- Behavior Pattern Identification
- Inter-Relational Boundary Building and Boundary Keeping Exercises
Clinical Guidance in a Real-World Setting
As a resident of Hawk’s Landing, your child will benefit from the constant guidance and supervision of a licensed clinical social worker as he assists your child with building emotional intelligence, appropriate boundaries and healthy relationships with his peers, mentors and community members at large.
Clinical guidance is not relegated to hour-long therapy sessions a few times a week. Rather, it is integrated into the climate and fabric of daily life at Hawk’s Landing. From mealtime discussions to rides in the car to engaging in the various animal-based therapeutic activities available on the property, Dan and his team provide the guidance, communication and support to help your child grow in responsibility and freedom while learning the life skills that will help him transition successfully into adulthood.
Small Resident Population for Customized Program Development
Hawk’s Landing is a residential treatment program for a maximum resident count of eight. We typically have between six to eight boys in residence at all times. This small resident count allows for customized program implementation and numerous enrichment opportunities not available at bigger facilities. We have group sports practice areas on site and encourage residents to bring their bikes, skateboards, skis and snowboards. We strive to accommodate our students’ passions and interests as much as possible.
Hawk’s Landing Students Have the Option to Participate in Recreational Activities Including:
- Mountain Biking
- Cross Country
- Outdoor Exploration
- Frisbee golf
Emotional Therapy. Responsibility Development. Vocational Training.
Here at Hawk’s Landing, we are proponents of animal therapy and provide and support a range of animal engagement and care opportunities, from interacting with household pets to participating in 4H. Some of our students enjoy this aspect of living at Hawk’s Landing so much, they go on to pursue careers in animal care fields.
So Many Opportunities
Public High School Attendance
Real World Engagement and Problem Solving
While attending Bonner’s Ferry Public High School, your teen will be encouraged to discover and develop his interests. Some of our residents are college-bound – we’ve had residents accepted to many prestigious colleges and universities including the University of Idaho, the University of Arizona, Hofstra University and the University of Oklahoma to name a few. Others are more vocationally inclined. We encourage individual discovery and participation at whatever level is comfortable.
Our Students Participate in Many Extracurricular Activities Including:
- Student Council
- Advanced Placement Classes
- Dual High School and College Enrollment
Bonner’s Ferry High School Provides Classes in the Following Subjects:
- Welding and Metal Work
- Small Gas Engine Repair
- Agricultural Sciences (FFA, 4H)
- Drivers Ed
The Freedom to Grow and Thrive
At a Pace That is as Individualized as Your Child
Growth and maturation are the symbols of success for Hawk’s Landing students, and our approach to personal development is not one-size-fits-all. Your child will direct his level of responsibility and degree of freedom depending on his behavior and progress. Freedoms are earned slowly, after completing designated milestones and are monitored and regularly reviewed by staff to ensure they are helping, not hindering, your child’s progress.
Customized freedoms are some of the many benefits of life at Hawk’s Landing.
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Some of the Freedoms Students May Have or Earn While at Hawk’s Landing Include:
- Staff-monitored personal music on iPods is one of the first freedoms our students can earn.
- Students are allowed to keep and self-manage cellphones brought from home and are encouraged to communicate with their families as often as they want. The degree of cellphone use is set up according to achieved behavior milestones, and according to input from parents and staff. Cellphones are regularly checked to ensure students are using them within the parameters set forth in their therapy plans.
- Depending on their therapy track, students can earn the right to use personal laptops and/or tablets. Computer use is introduced slowly, it is supervised, and computers are regularly monitored. When not in use, computers are stored in a secure location.
- Students are encouraged to attend religious worship services as they like, though it is not required. Students can earn the privilege of being dropped off for service once they’ve demonstrated trustworthiness.
- Students can earn the freedom to apply for part-time jobs and our staff will support this opportunity to develop a work ethic and responsibility by providing necessary transportation to and from their approved place of employment.
- After demonstrating higher and higher levels of responsibility and self-correcting behavior management, Hawk’s Landing students can earn the freedom to travel with their school sports teams for games and matches.
The Hawk’s Landing Student Profile
The Hawk’s Landing program is ideal for the student who needs extra guidance in a small, home-like setting in order to safely explore personal development, experience academic success, enhance and strengthen social skills, bolster personal responsibility and accountability, and enhance family stabilization.
- School Truancy
- Academic Underachievement or School Failure
- Learning Difficulties
- Attentional Issues
- Inadequate Relationship Skills
- Computer/Video Compulsion
- Sense of Entitlement
- Impulse Control
- Oppositional Defiance
- Grief from Death or Abandonment
Who is the Ideal Hawk’s Landing Candidate?
The Hawk’s Landing program is an alternative to more rigorous therapeutic environments. Those environments are necessary for at-risk adolescents who have more serious emotional and behavioral issues requiring a higher level of supervision, more intensive therapy and a campus-style living and academic situation.
Alternatively, the appropriate Hawk’s Landing student is an adolescent who stands to benefit from day-in, day-out clinically-based assistance, and a higher level of supervision than can be had in his home setting or home town, but does not need the intensive intervention of a traditional at-risk boarding school.
The ideal Hawk’s Landing candidate will thrive in a more structured “real world environment,” where freedoms are earned on a progressive scale that is tied to designated responsibility-based milestones.
Dan is exceptionally patient with my son while holding him accountable for poor choices. House rules and expectations are clearly communicated. Dan is firm but very gentle while enforcing these expectations and helping my son understand the natural consequences of his behavior.
Hawks Landing is not like any other therapeutic environment. At Hawks Landing, my son lives in a home, has family style meals, performs Saturday morning chores, goes to the local high school, plays high school sports, goes to the high school dances and seems to always be going somewhere fun (e.g., skiing). Hawks Landing provides…
My son’s time at Hawks Landing has and continues to be extremely therapeutic for him as well as for our family. He is learning the skills he needs to make healthy decisions, be true to himself, and develop his own sense of self-worth. It is truly an exciting time to watch him grow. What has…