Building Bridges
Quick Facts
Small Residential Program
Males Only

14 to 18


Avg. Duration:
average 12 months


Is Individual Psychotherapy Available?
Contact Info
(406) 827-9853

(406) 827-9854


PO Box 1310
Thompson Falls, MT 59873
Program Description

Building Bridges is a long-term residential program for male students between the ages of 14-18, who are struggling with the challenges of emotional and behavior problems. For 15 years we have been helping families work through the trials brought about by addiction and behavior issues in young adults. Our program gives young men the tools and strength to lead a positive and sober lifestyle, and provides families with the resources and support systems to cope with these troubling issues.  We understand how difficult these challenges can be and are here to help you through this process from start to finish.

Our program relies heavily on counseling within a structured environment. One to one counseling, group counseling, and the 12 Steps are all utilized to create positive change in our students. Each student receives an individualized master plan, created for that student by their counselor, which highlight goals that student needs to work on, such as family, drugs and alcohol, self-esteem, or anger. Students’ daily therapeutic growth utilizes Cognitive Behavior Therapy, REBT, Reality Therapy, Positive Peer Culture,  and the 12 Steps through assignments, groups, and individual sessions. The overall goal is to integrate the student into social settings that challenge them to establish positive relationships and behaviors thereby setting up long-term success.

The director, Steve Fairbank, is a Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor, Level II, a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of Montana, and has over 20 years of experience dealing with youths, families, and chemical dependency. Our clinical director, Kurt Fairbank, who is a licensed addiction counselor with a BA in psychology and is currently working toward his master’s degree in clinical psychology, brings his own wealth of knowledge and fresh perspective, keeping our program up to date in the latest challenges and successes in treating addiction and behavior issues. Andy Burwig, our academic coordinator, works to ensure all the students get back on track to experience academic success. Andy has years of experience in training and education, and has designed our independent study program to help students prepare for a successful return to public school.

Our goal is to assist teens in the process of moving back toward a healthy lifestyle by addressing their behaviors and the underlying emotions that created them; re-evaluating family interactions and priorities and helping them gain the strength of character necessary to set them up for success in their own lives.

Accreditation, Licensure, Approval:
State of Montana
Board of Private Alternative Adolescent Resident or Outdoor Programs