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Interpersonal/Socialization Skills

Interpersonal skills/social competency determines one’s ability to interact positively with others. Critical skills include respecting and expressing appreciation for others, being able to work and communicate well with others and listening to others’ ideas, demonstrating context-appropriate behavior that is consistent with social norms, and finally, using a range of skills or processes aimed at resolving conflict.

A recent national pilot study of a representative sample of adolescents found that poor social competence is negatively related to outcomes such as substance use, depression, fighting, and delinquency. Conversely, good social competency has a positive relationship with improved academic performance, positive psychological health and establishing healthy relationships as a mature adult.

Using our strength-based approach to social competency, we guide and empower youth to:
  • Identify individual social skills/social competency strengths
  • Build self-worth
  • Set personal goals
  • Identify and change self-defeating behaviors
  • Be assertive about his/her needs
  • Have feelings for others
  • Handle anger constructively
  • Resolve conflicts peacefully
Interpersonal/Social Skills– Residential

Having poor interpersonal skills is not, by itself, reason enough for a child to go into a residential treatment program. However, many times low social competence is often associated with other behavioral health concerns, including depression or mood disorder. If this is the case and outpatient therapy has not been successful we recommend residential treatment.

The residential treatment program at The New Foundation provides an environment where young adults can develop a range of interpersonal skills by engaging and interacting with other peers as well as compassionate, trained TNF team members.

Features of the residential program:
  • Individualized Treatment planning
  • Safe, comfortable home-like environment
  • Quality education from an onsite accredited school
  • Supported and supervised 24 hours a day by trained behavioral health staff
  • Quality healthcare from licensed medical professionals
  • Nursing support and medication management 24 hours
  • Oversight from a specialized adolescent psychiatrist
  • Healthy, nutritional meals approved by licensed dietitians
  • Recreational activities including onsite swimming.
  • Weekly therapy with trained therapy dogs.
  • Art therapy, forward thinking journaling, and self-reflection activities.
  • Connected to community-based supports to establish long-term recovery.
  • Discharge planning and assistance with step down services.
Our Residential Treatment Programs
Intensive Outpatient

Our Intensive Outpatient programs provide support and structure for addressing issues surrounding anger management, depression, anxiety, behavioral concerns, improving communication and relationship skills. Participants partake in individual, family therapy, and group counseling sessions to support development of coping skills, personal strategies for success, and establishing appropriate communication models for use at home, school, and in the community. It uses the 12-Step model of recovery where appropriate, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy.

Our Outpatient Treatment Programs

Over 47 Years of Successful Recovery

Since 1970, The New Foundation has been a trusted provider of treatment for Arizona’s youth. Located in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, its 52 semi-private bedroom facility situated on a three-acre campus combines evidence-based practices and individualized care to provide the most effective treatment for youth struggling with depression, trauma, mood disorders, and addiction.


Outpatient Overview

The New Foundation’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents ages 11-17 years old provides a structured therapeutic treatment environment for individuals with substance abuse challenges, behavioral health issues, or both (also known as co-occurring disorders). With decades of experience dealing with psychiatric illness and dual diagnosis, The New Foundation’s IOP is unlike any other in Arizona.


The New Foundation School

The New Foundation School provides accelerated education services for clients enrolled in residential care. Located on the TNF campus, it is fully accredited by AdvancED and teaches both regular and special education. Individualized Education Plans (I.E.P.) are reviewed to ensure we are able to accommodate each child’s educational needs.  The curriculum focuses on meeting Arizona’s Common Core Standards in the primary subjects to enable clients to rejoin their age-appropriate peers upon returning to their communities and schools.


“I have come a long way and have you to thank for it. I have my own plan and am attending college going for a history degree. I don’t know where I would be if it wasn’t for the time I was there.”

Robert RTC child

Most Insurance Plans Accepted

The New Foundation has held accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations since 1994. The New Foundation accepts most major private or employer-sponsored health insurance plans, AHCCCS, and most Arizona Native American Tribal Healthcare Insurance plans.

Health Choice
United Healthcare
Bluecross Blueshield
Magellen Health
American Ben
APS Healthcare
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