Q. How can we be assured that our child
will be safe and feel comfortable while away from home?
A. Without a doubt, client safety is of the utmost importance to
Venture Academy. In fact many parents choose our program to keep
their child safe and free from harm. Staff (who are subject to
criminal record checks and trained in non-violent crisis
intervention) are chosen because of their compassion and proven
experience in successfully working with troubled teens. Whether
it's a one-on-one discussion, or engaging in challenging outdoor
activities, the Venture Academy team make it their priority to
ensure all participants feel emotionally safe and are physically
Q. What about school?
A. With the help or our experienced and understanding teachers students may continue on with their work from their existing school (if it is salvagable) or start fresh with new courses. Our provincially
certified teachers are skilled and experienced in working with
students who have been struggling. All courses enrolled in count towards graduation.
Students enrolled in Venture Academy have every opportunity
to, and are supported in achieving their academic goals while
addressing the issues that led them to our door to begin
with. Please check with Admissions for details as school
procedures are slightly different in each province we operate in.
Q. How long will my child stay?
A. We start with our 30-day timeline where the main objectives are
behavioural and emotional stabilization, a psychological
assessment and getting back on track with schoolwork right away.
Therapy, family work, health and fitness and other therapeutic
activities are also incorporated. Longer-term options after the 30
days include a semester, a school year or somewhere in between.
Length of stay varies depending on willingness and motivation but
Venture Academy recommends students participate until most or all
of the originally identified goals have been completed. A month by
month commitment is all that is required.
Q. What about family visits?
A. Family visits are an integral part of Venture Academy’s
philosophy. Keeping in mind objectives and individual family
goals, parents are encouraged to visit regularly and participate
in family work. We also recommend visits home in order to make
transition from Venture Academy as successful as possible!
Q. I'm concerned my child does not understand the severity
of the problem.
A. Venture Academy staff are skilled and experienced at working
with resistant teens. It's our job to move youth from a place of
resistance and denial through to a place of readiness and
willingness to change. Some youth do not have the capacity or
maturity to recognize that their behaviour is damaging and leading
them down a path of self destruction and harm. A clinical
diagnosis may also be getting in the way of any possible progress
or ability to recognize or understand the problem. Venture Academy
has the clinical expertise and therapeutic environment to assist
youth in making positive changes. Call us to find out how we are
successful with troubled and resistant teens. 1-866-762-2211
Q. The physical activities sound challenging.
A. Venture Academy's trained and experienced staff are sensitive
to the needs and capabilities of all clients in our care. Yes
teens are challenged, but the staff are aware of individual
comfort levels and support youth in pushing limits when ready.
Students receive individualized attention from Cross Fit and Peak
Performance trainers with a pure focus and health and physical
fitness. Outdoor activities are integrated into our fitness
routines for social improvement, self esteem and feelings of
Q. What about attending church and religious
A. Venture Academy is sensitive to the spiritual beliefs of youth
and their families. If desired,
youth are supported in accessing an identified place of worship
and will be given the respect and freedom to practice religion.
Q. What happens if my child gets sick or needs to see a
doctor or dentist?
A. Health is very important and part of our overall wellness
objectives. Any illness or health issues will be attended to.
Depending on location, Venture Academy has access to our own
network of doctors, dentists, orthodontists as well as public system
of emergency medical care. Our doctors may be a proactive part of
the and may attend on site monitoring medication and connecting with home
based physician and psychiatrist if needed. Please check with Admissions for details as medical arrangements are slightly different in each province we operate in.
Q. What happens if we as parents decide our child needs to
come home from the program?
A. Venture Academy staff support troubled and resistant teens in
working through any difficulties they may be experiencing. If the
time does come that your family decides to withdraw your child
from the program you may do so at any time.
Q. What are the costs to attend Venture Academy?
A. Pricing depends on length of stay. Families can simply start
with 30 days and chose us on a monthly basis. There may be a
savings for a semester or school year.
Q. What if I have other questions we can't think of right
A. Call us anytime at 1-866-762-2211. Call as many times as you'd like. Its a big decision and you want to be armed with all the answers. Additionally, at admission,
we'll go through an orientation with students and parents alike.