Elk River Teen Treatment Program

AIR: The foundation for our residential treatment program

Teens cannot thrive without AIR: Accountability, Integrity and Responsibility

Setting Boundaries with Your Teen

Posted on June 16, 2021

Parental relationships play a key role in helping children to address and work through painful events. In this episode, Penny Baker discusses three parenting styles that have long-term impacts on children's behavior. She reveals important ways that establishing appropriate boundaries with children can be foundational to helping them overcome trauma and adverse events in their lives as well as the everyday challenges that families face.

Continue reading  

AIR at Home: Implementing the Concepts

Posted on April 07, 2021

The first episodes of the podcast On AIR with Elk River, Penny Baker, LPC-S, shared the concept of AIR as a treatment philosophy at Elk River Treatment Program for adolescents. The value system of Accountability, Integrity and Responsibility is essential for the character development of our young clients and their families. After listening to the first few episodes, we received feedback from parents of teens who asked, "How do we implement the concepts of AIR at home?"

Continue reading  

Parenting Today's Teens Requires a Course in Responsibility

Posted on October 30, 2020

In this episode, Penny Baker, Director of Clinical Services for Elk River Treatment Program, discusses the importance of building a foundation of accountability, integrity, and responsibility. It's hard to go wrong if you incorporate these critical elements for the healthy development of adolescents and their transition to adulthood.

Continue reading  

Parenting Teens by Modeling Integrity Leads to the Discovery of Authentic Self

Posted on October 14, 2020

After 28 years of counseling families and their teenagers through their most difficult times, Penny Baker, LPC-S, has seen her share of maladaptive behaviors exhibited by the clients of Elk River Treatment Program and the parents who enrolled them into the program. In this podcast, Penny shares a critical piece of the teen parenting puzzle: teaching integrity by what you do rather than what you say. Integrity is second component of the AIR concept which is an acronym for Accountability, Integrity and Responsibility. The AIR concept has been a mantra of Elk River Treatment Program for adolescents since opening in 2006. Today it remains a focal point of the treatment process.

Continue reading  

Instilling Accountability in Adolescents

Posted on October 12, 2020

Our focus in this podcast is AIR. Not just the air that you breathe, but the benefits of Accountability, Integrity and Responsibility. When unhealthy behaviors at home become unsafe, thousands of parents have turned to the therapeutic intervention of Elk River Treatment Program for adolescents. During the initial assessment, many parents describe their teen as "out of control." The results of assessments and evaluations often reveal a frustrated and confused teenager who missed critical areas of adolescent development: Accountability, Integrity and Responsibility. Today's episode focuses on Accountability and how families can model and reinforce it at home in order to develop a healthy value system.

Continue reading  

Avoid the Danger of Misunderstanding Anger

Posted on October 01, 2020

In our inaugural podcast, On AIR with Elk River challenges your thought process about anger. Penny Baker, Clinical Director for Elk River Treatment Program for adolescents, explains that anger is not an emotion. Once you understand that, you may realize that your raging teenager feels hurt, scared, disrespected, or treated unfairly.

Continue reading