Behavioral Health Intervention Services

What is BHIS? BHIS stands for Behavioral Health Intervention Services, which describes our skill development side of treatment. We offer students at Woodward Academy a variety of BHIS services, contributing to the wide-ranging treatment approaches that benefit students during their stay. The BHIS team of counselors all have Bachelor’s Degrees and a good deal of training, experience, and education. These counselors are some of the most veteran employees at Woodward Academy, with several counselors having over 10 years of experience with us.


Students at Woodward Academy receive individual skill development sessions with Individual Skill Development Counselors (often referred to as “IC”). During these sessions, students work individually with their counselors to learn various skills according to their individualized treatment plans. Some skills that are reviewed include conflict resolution and problem solving, building healthy relationships, communication, stress management, and emotion regulation.


Students at Woodward Academy attend daily group skill development sessions in which a Remedial Treatment Counselor (RTC) teaches various skills necessary for improved daily functioning. RTCs utilize role-plays, guided interactions, discussion, and various creative activities in order to practice social skills, anger management skills, and coping strategies to assist students in being successful upon discharge. Some of these skills include resisting negative peer pressure, managing thinking errors, utilizing healthy boundaries, asking for help, and learning to trust others.


Students at Woodward Academy have the opportunity to meet with their family skill development counselor and members of their families for family skill development services. Families are invited and encouraged to attend these sessions in order to focus on a variety of needed skills that will assist in providing students and families with the resources needed to better function when and if the student returns to their living environment. Often times these sessions involve the impact of lost trust, allowing students to take responsibility for how they’ve influenced their families with their past negative behavior. Sessions can focus on skills such as rebuilding familial relationships, how to respect family boundaries, healthy conflict resolution, and supportive communication.