Ironwood Intensive therapy is the foundation of Ironwood’s impressive success in working with troubled and underachieving teens. At Ironwood, therapy is founded on the basis of relationships – relationships of trust, truthfulness, confidence and humor. When students are willing to engage in a trusted therapist – then learning, change and growth can begin.Therapy takes many forms and is conducted in various locations: Walking or hiking along the path of trees through campus, on a trail ride, sitting on a bench next to the pond, around a campfire or in the therapist’s office or with a variety of animals, wherever the greatest result can be achieved.
Ironwood’s licensed therapists have a broad range of experience and expertise. From substance abuse counseling to dialectical behavioral therapy to our renowned animal-assisted therapy and most everything in between, Ironwood’s skilled therapists are both current and competent.
Ironwood’s therapists are far more involved and are a more integral part of the program than elsewhere as evidenced by their offices being situated near the living areas where interaction is both frequent and comfortable. For instance, therapists spend time with students in their living areas, leading groups, talking with staff, and eating meals with the students. We have found that when it comes to relationships with students, proximity and frequency underscore a healthy, respectful and trusting atmosphere.
We believe that every youth that arrives at Ironwood deserves the utmost respect, with caring and quality treatment. We also believe that every family deserves consistent, honest and open communication. To ensure that each student has the maximum opportunity for success after graduation from Ironwood, we provide various parent education modules both during and after the student’s placement to ensure the parents and family have both identified and internalized new parenting and life skills before the student returns home. Online classes, webinars, blogs and teleconferences are all part of the therapeutic offerings we provide each parent and family.