Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

Kapown Rehabilitation Centre

Kapown Rehabilitation Centre has been a centre of holistic treatment of addictions for 30 years. We are a 30-bed co-ed adult facility with continuous intake and have been accredited with Accreditation Canada since 1995. Each of our 200 clients a year are treated with the utmost respect, and are provided a comprehensive evidence-based program in which to find new direction in their lives and healing from their addictions. We are located on Kapawe’no First Nation; 36 kilometres from the town of High Prairie. Our Family Wilderness Camp, which is operated in the month of July, is located on the north shore of Lesser Slave Lake.

Kapown Rehabilitation Centre has recently completed the reorientation of our program to a 56 day Co-occurring Disorders Capable Model. After careful analysis of our existing program and research into current best and promising practices we have developed a unique client-centred, integrated, phase-wise program that we expect will provide our clients with improved opportunity for successful completion of treatment and recovery. We help individuals find the motivation, skills, resources and inner strength they need to maintain a clean and balanced lifestyle.

We have worked to close the gaps in the continuum of care by ensuring we have the capacity to refer to the next level when required, to refer to long-term residential aftercare for our most vulnerable clients, and have contracted the services of a Psychologist to further enhance our ability to assist our higher needs clients.

We have developed our own in house training program. Training staff can be expensive in both man hours and direct costs. Our training program is available to both our treatment and service staff. It allows our staff the ability to gain 270 hours + hours of tested curriculum to gain certification without leaving home. Our staff are knowledgeable and passionate about helping others find their personal power, improving coping and communication skills and finding connections within the circle of life.

We have developed modern graphic and easy to follow manuals for both clients and facilitators for each phase of our new Integrated Co-occurring Disorder program. Our program is delivered in three phases, stabilization and adjustment to treatment (2 weeks), alcohol and drug education and communication skills development (2 weeks) and emotional healing and relapse prevention (4 weeks). With the installation of a server and Interactive Whiteboards to our classrooms our program is delivered electronically.

Our only serious barrier is that the program doesn’t fit in the facility. The building is old, our teaching and counselling spaces are cramped and the dormitory area is set up to assign rooms according to gender – which is no longer considered to be ethical or appropriate. We believe that the work we have been doing is setting the bar for both NNADAP and Canadian Addictions Treatment, and are very proud of our accomplishments to date – with a new facility we will be prepared to move our vision of expanded and enhanced services even further.

Connie D. McKee
Chief Executive Officer
Kapown Rehabilitation Centre

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