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Helping families deal with the issues of addiction, defiant behavior, failing grades, learning disorders, and behavioral issues has been the focus of Building Bridges for over two decades. We understand the fracture these behaviors create and the damage they bring to the family. Guiding adolescents through this troubling time can be a daunting task. Often these issues reach a point beyond the family’s ability to cope. We can help.

Located in the scenic mountains of northwestern Montana, Building Bridges has been helping families cope with these issues since 1996. Our goal is to help your child develop the necessary tools to lead a sober and productive lifestyle. The young men in our program develop new skills, strengthen their ability to cope with everyday challenges in a sober manner, and learn to interact positively with their community, school, and their family.

Hundreds of young men have participated in our program in he last 20+ years. In that time we have experienced growth, made changes, updated our facilities, and added new facilities, all the while never losing focus of our primary goal. In 2006, Steve and Jill welcomed their son, Kurt Fairbank, and his wife, Sarah, into the organization. Kurt is now our Clinical Director and Sarah manages many of the day to day administrative tasks that are so important, and so easily overlooked.

In 2006, we welcomed Andy Burwig into the fold. Andy has been our Academic Coordinator since that time and has worked hard to ensure all of the young men in our program are set up for success in their academic lives. He has updated the classroom and computer lab, enabling our home schooled students to take advantage of the online public school curriculum, easing the eventual transition to the student's full attendance in public school. Our program has a long history or working closely with the public schools and because of this, we also have an excellent record and reputation with them.

With the use of a strong 12-step program, recreational activities, and work therapy, our licensed counselors act as a guide to success. Our students undergo one-on-one sessions, group sessions, and peer feedback in order to receive  the constant reinforcement and support  they need during this learning period. Each day brings a new opportunity to advance therapeutically and academically; which when properly built upon, can form the foundation of a new life.

Key Features of our program include:

  • REBT based counseling
  • Reality based therapy
  • Enrollment in public school
  • Active involvement in community oriented projects
  • A positive peer culture designed to strengthen positive behaviors

If you are considering our program for a loved one, we understand that this is a difficult time for you. Know that you are not alone, and the we are here to help you through this process. Many of the questions you have may be answered in our FAQ to the right, but we know that it would be impossible to answer them all here. We encourage you to contact us to open a discussion about the needs of your son and your family.

  • How big is Building Bridges?

    Our facility is located on five acres in some of the most scenic forested area in the pacific northwest. Our residential facility has two houses, each with its own kitchen, bathrooms, student and staff bedrooms, and living areas. With room for up to 24 total students we are ideally designed to blend the positive... (more)
  • Will my son attend public school?

    We want every one of our students to attend public school. We have carefully designed our program to provide each student the opportunity to benefit and grow from the experience of full enrollment in a public school. Our more senior students, those who are farther along in their program, act as mentor and guides, helping the new student manage challenges... (more)
  • Can I visit my son?

    Family visits are an important part of our therapeutic process. Your son's counselor will help you coordinate visits that have the greatest positive impact and offer the best opportunities for your son to demonstrate the growth he has experienced and practice important... (more)
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