Nightwind Treatment Centre (NWTC) has two (2) separate facilities for youth aged 12 – 17 years with behavioral and emotional difficulties. Females who have status under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act and who have been identified as requiring residential care are served. Students with severe mental and/or physical disabilities are unfortunately not suitable for the physical environment and program structure. Kihew House is located in a rural setting on an acreage just west of Legal. This natural environment promotes health and enhances well-being. NWTC has a school on-site in partnership with Aspen View School Division and funded by Alberta Learning. Kihew House also provides individual and group counselling as part of the regular programming. This counselling occurs on-site as well. Lastly, we have a traditional sweat lodge on-site with regular sweats and pipe ceremonies lead by an Elder.
Our T-SIL program (Grandmother Turtle House) provides Transitional Supported Independent Living (T-SIL) – a community-based program that provides housing and support to young girls who have completed our treatment program. Grandma Turtle House is located in the small town of Westlock. This small and quiet urban environment provides a variety of shopping, recreational and entertainment opportunities for girls who are more independent by nature of the program. We help these girls in the program to acquire the skills and experience needed to make a successful transition to independence and adulthood, utilizing all they have learned in the treatment program. These clients attend public school, may work part-time if they wish, learn to budget, cook meals, shop for groceries, etc., all under the support and guidance of a Home Provider. Clients in this program also continue to receive individual counselling, group counselling (when necessary) and take part in many of the cultural/spiritual activities. They are still connected to the aspects of the treatment program that they may need to access if they encounter difficulties.
Each of our programs are licensed and accredited, designed to meet the needs of referral agencies, youth, their families and communities. Our programs maintain a clincial treatment component, traditional teachings/spiritual component and an educational component.