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The Medicine Bear Program

at Southern Peaks
An Integrated Youth Treatment Program
Medicine Bear is a holistic and culturally relevant Native American treatment program. Our treatment philosophy is based on the Sacred Circle / Medicine Wheel Teachings integrated with Evidence Based Therapeutic Intervention.
Treatment Services  Designed for youth between the ages of 10-21  Staff secured facility  Evidenced Based Behavioral Therapy  Individualized treatment and education plans  Individual and Family Therapy  On-Grounds year-round education  Daily physical conditioning  Awesome off-campus experiential learning opportunities  Transitional services include: aftercare and discharge planning, career/life-skills curriculum, restitution, community service and employment opportunities
Medicine Bear Components  Culturally relevant and appropriate mental health, alcohol and drug assessments with intensive alcohol and drug treatment services, including the Red Road to Wellbriety approach to healing, the Medicine Wheel & 12 Steps for Adolescents, and traditional healing activities  Native American philosophy/spirituality  Native storytelling, meditation, guided imagery, breathing and relaxation techniques  Inspirational on and off-campus cultural activities and events  Native American inter-dependent life skill building  Tribal specific history, value clarification and knowledge building  Tribal specific case management services  Anpetuluta Otipi - Our Beautiful Cultural Learning Center Voices from Our Medicine Bear Youth
Our Mission To help each child in his or her effort to become a strong, healthy bi-cultural Native Warrior who will walk in balance with all creation. Our Purpose Our purpose is to encourage personal healing through spiritual growth, cultural appreciation & respect, critical thinking and reasoned decision-making skills using culturally appropriate and relevant material woven with experiential teachings. Our Philosophy We believe our children are sacred, given to us from the Creator as blessings and gifts. We also believe that we have a sacred responsibility to care for and respect our children. We speak with our youth, not at them and we acknowledge our obligation to our ancestors; by teaching the children how to care for themselves and other people. We believe that we must use wisdom and guidance from the Creator in all of our decisions and actions as we care for and help our children heal from their trauma and pain.

About Southern Peaks Southern Peaks Regional Treatment Center is a Joint Commission accredited, residential treatment center offering an array of specialized behavioral health programs for both male and female adolescents, ages 10 to 21, who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, psychological, social, and educational problems. Core services include gender specific programming for youth with mental health disorders as well as separate programs for males and females with histories of sexual misconduct. Other specialized services include the Haven program for sexually exploited youth and our culturally-based Medicine Bear program for Native American youth. Substance abuse treatment services are available to all youth at Southern Peaks.

For more information or to make a referral to the Medicine Bear Program at Southern Peaks, contact: Lorenzo Tsosie American Indian Program Liaison Office: (719) 276-7522 Cell: (719) 510-2879 Fax: (719) 276-6961 Jeremy Hugins Client Relations Liaison Office: (719) 276-7567 Cell: (719) 251-0949 Fax: (713) 335-9116 Dr. Karen Medville American Indian Program Coordinator Office: (719) 276-7509

The Medicine Bear Program at Southern Peaks is located at: 700 Four Mile Parkway Cañon City, CO 81212 We are approximately 45 minutes from the Colorado Springs Airport (COS).

For geographically distant families and referring agencies, Southern Peaks offers:  Admission and/or discharge transportation assistance  Family and caseworker visitation assistance  Video-Conferencing/Poly-Com

“Learning to Walk a Sacred Path”
The Medicine Bear Program is a service of the Southern Peaks Regional Treatment Center, licensed by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Joint Commission accredited, and partnering with the Sanctuary® Institute for clinical and organizational change.