Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Our mission at Glenhaven Academy is to build a community-centered around respect for each other and for our environment. Through sophisticated clinical leadership and individualized care, we create opportunities for our students to experience success daily. We support a culture where students embrace their resiliency and develop internal capacities that allow their future to be greater than their past.
Marlborough, MA 01752
Highly trained staff share the belief that we cannot solve our students’ problems or change their pasts, but we can equip them with the skills that will help them lead healthy and happy lives. A primary focus is the ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) treatment framework, which focuses on supporting our students in safely managing their overwhelming emotions in order to work on improving their relationships with those around them. We help our students explore their sense of self separate from their past experiences by fostering and developing their skills and interests so they form a positive identity. We offer community-based services as students prepare to transition, which focuses on life skills development in order to support students for living independently or with their families.
Competency/Vocational opportunities include:
Music lessons Art lessons Animal care
Volunteering Camp counselor Sports seagues
Yoga Horseback riding Martial arts
We specialize in working with students who have experienced significant challenges in life resulting in difficulties regulating their emotional and physiological responses. At Glenhaven Academy they have the opportunity to live in a safe and supportive community where they can develop their capacities for self-regulation to improve their relationships and maximize their strengths. Through this approach, we prepare our students to navigate the complexities of everyday life.
Our class size is limited to eight students and ensures personal interactions with teachers through group and differentiated learning curricula. Subsequently, teachers and staff are able to meet our students' individual needs while keeping pace with the home school’s requirements. We strive to be as current as possible and in doing so employ most of our curriculum-based learning with the support of Chrome Books and Google apps.
Clinical Interventions are guided by the ARC treatment framework. A clinical treatment plan is designed for each student based on their individual strengths and needs, which is implemented in individual, group, and family therapy as well as in the milieu and classroom. Specific trauma- informed interventions include trauma-sensitive yoga, Neurofeedback, Trauma Drama, and SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment).
The van der Kolk Center at Glenhaven Academy prides itself upon its trauma-informed milieu. Our milieu counselors have a thorough understanding of the role they play in the healing process and view every interaction as a learning experience and teachable moment for our students. We support our students in building safe and effective regulation strategies to manage the emotions that arise daily and that are often connected to their trauma histories. We use these moments as a form of parallel trauma processing to provide feedback to clinical staff on an individual’s readiness to safely tolerate overwhelming emotions, which significantly connects to the course of individual therapy. Competency also plays a key role in our milieu and the overall treatment our students receive. Competency helps our students to realize they are not defined by the negative experiences they have had in life and can achieve immeasurable successes in their future.