Five Therapeutic Focus Areas

New Leaf Academy addresses five areas of competency supporting students to become competent and successful in these five areas. They are Life Skills, Emotion Regulation, Healthy Relationships, Academics and Self Development. While mastering success in these areas can be a lifelong pursuit it is the goal of New Leaf Academy to support students in becoming sufficient enough in these areas so they can continue their growth in a non-therapeutic setting.  New Leaf Academy therapists, parents and the student work collaboratively to prioritize which of these areas are most important for the student’s treatment.

We use a strengths-based approach to address behavioral, emotional, academic, and mental health struggles. Our Program focuses on the following five areas of healthy adolescent development:


•  Proper Self Care (hygiene, recreation, coping skills)
•  Strong communication skills
•  Social Thinking
•  Goal Setting
•  Organizational skills
•  Preparing for adulthood
•  Adapting well to family culture
•  Fulfilling personal responsibilities in a community setting 

We achieve this through:

•  Individual, group and family therapy
•  Milieu living
•  Psychoeducation
•  Positive Peer culture
•  Intentional academic instruction
•  Extracurricular activities 
•  Intentional Instruction

These skills will:

•  Decrease anxiety and other feelings of distress or inadequacy
•  Increase personal sense of wellness and efficacy
•  Improve relationships
•  Improve academic performance


•  Managing mood swings
•  Decreased depression and anxiety
•  Tolerating distress
•  Expressing feelings appropriately
•  Processing debilitating trauma or grief
•  Communicating and dealing with feelings appropriately within the family

We achieve this through:

•  Individual, group and family therapy
•  Milieu living
•  Psychoeducation
•  Positive Peer culture
•  Teaching coping skills
•  Emotional Recover Time (HHC)
•  Medication Management
•  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills and practice
•  Family Visits
•  Family Seminar
•  Family Workshops
•  A variety of theoretical therapeutic interventions
(DBT, EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, Attachment Based Interventions, Narrative Therapy, Social Learning Theory and others)

These skills will:

•  Improve daily functioning
•  Improve relationships
•  Increase self-confidence and self-efficacy
•  Increase self-awareness and acceptance
•  Increase resiliency
•  Increase responsibility and improve academic performance


•  Healthy peer, adult, and family relationships
•  Healthy attachments
•  Appropriate boundaries
•  Sense of safety in relationships
•  Honest and authentic communication
•  Understanding how behavior affects relationships
•  Mood management

We achieve this through:

•  Individual, group and family therapy
•  Milieu living
•  Psychoeducation/teaching coping skills
•  Positive Peer culture
•  Modeling by adults
•  Family Seminars and workshops
•  Kinship calls
•  Individualized attachment work
•  Award-winning 4-H Bunny program
•  Attachment therapy
•  Animal Assisted Therapy
•  Intentional teaching of coping skills

These skills will:

•  Improve relationships
•  Encourage healthy boundaries
•  Increase sense of connectedness to others
•  Increase feelings of trust and safety
•  Improve ability to cope with life events
•  Increase positive behaviors in relationships


•  Organizational skills and time management
•  High quality of academic work
•  Meet or exceed grade level expectations
•  Developing a life-long love for learning
•  Understanding of individual learning styles and unique needs in an academic setting
•  Taking personal responsibility for self in an academic setting
•  Self-advocacy

We achieve this through:

•  Skill based class groupings
•  Individualized curriculums, as needed, which may include specific accommodations and modifications
•  Teaching organizational skills, effective study habits and time management
•  Integrating academics and therapeutics (teachers work as part of the treatment team)
•  Individual Academic Plans
•  Exploration, understanding of and advocating for one’s own unique learning style

These skills will:

•  Increase self confidence
•  Improve grades
•  Encourage enthusiasm for learning
•  Build a strong foundation for future academic success
•  Improve management of moods in school settings


•  Self-awareness, esteem, and confidence
•  Internal locus of control (culture specific)
•  Sense of self efficacy
•  Exploration of personal interests, talents and hobbies
•  Positive self expression
•  Cultivating an ever evolving sense of personal values and integrity

We achieve this through:

•  Individual, group and family therapy
•  Milieu living
•  Psychoeducation
•  Positive Peer culture
•  Extracurricular activities
•  Weekend Recreation
•  Attending religious services
•  Creative projects
•  Horsemanship
•  School Electives
•  Community involvement
•  Individualized Transition curriculum

These skills will:

•  Provide protective factors to prevent future risky behaviors
•  Increase self-confidence and belonging
•  Assist in successful life planning
•  Improve relationships
•  Alter behaviors to be more effective in achieving life goals