Exploration. Understanding. Action.
"Testimonials describe what has been and are a promise of what is to come."
~ Ron Kaufman
We are so fortunate to have a variety of educational, fun and interesting classes offered to our son as a student at Bellcate School. This quarter, one of his classes is called, “Bellcate Dog Treat Business Class”. It’s a new and exciting class that teaches him the fundamentals on how to run a business. … Read more »
I’m glad to have a Bellcate Dog Treat Business Class because I get to have fun with friends and learn a lot of different skills to make a dog treat business run. I enjoyed going out to community stores and ask if they want to sell our treats. It was fun to meet new people… Read more »
Magic Johnson once said, “All kids need is a little hope, a little help, and someone who believes in them.” True, perhaps, but some kids (and their families) need a lot of hope, a lot of help, and many who believe in them. Only when these are in place, will complex children thrive. From the… Read more »
You would think that something that means a lot to you, something that you think about all the time, that you are grateful and happy to be a part of, that affects your family each and every day, would be easy to talk about. But it’s a funny thing how words fail us sometimes when… Read more »
Since Dakota started at Bellcate 3 years ago, I have seen such a dramatic change in him. Not only has Dakota grown academically but socially as well. Before he started at Bellcate, he not only struggled with school (which he wanted nothing to do with) but he also struggled with not feeling like he was… Read more »
As we have been telling everyone, Jaime’s transition was not a transition at all. She loved going to Bellcate from the second she walked in. Bellcate allows her to be her. Bellcate allows her to smile and laugh. Bellcate gives her the freedom to explore others and herself; as she has never been able to… Read more »
As parents, we really wanted simple things for our children…….to be happy and feel success in their life, whatever that may be for them. One year ago our son was not attending high school, experienced very little joy and isolated himself from his family and life. It was frustrating and scary and we felt very… Read more »
Our son was born in the middle of the night in a hospital about an hour away from where we live, I was there, not because I gave birth to him but because I am his mom. My husband was also there, not because his DNA runs through our son’s veins, but because he is… Read more »
Six months ago I could not have imagined, or made up, the amazing experience my son would have on his 13th birthday surrounded by Bellcate friends, staff, students, and families. Prior to this year, my son had birthday parties at home that included extended family members and children who were kids of my friend’s. Building… Read more »
“Bellcate is a therapeutic school using a very specific data driven model of care, implemented by extremely creative, intelligent and caring people. Bellcate saved my family – not only serving my son, but seeing my son as part of a family that needed support. They did not apply a “cookie cutter” method to us. Jesse… Read more »
Life at Bellcate
Bellcate School utilizes a three-stage personal development model that draws on a number of effective theories and strategies. This is not a fixed system, but rather a way of understanding change within a context. Bellcate School understands growth and change to be a slow and challenging process for anyone.
Read more about our three-stage personal development model
The primary focus of the exploration stage is to build a strong therapeutic relationship as a foundation to facilitate and support growth and change. We use nonjudgmental acceptance and communicate empathy, respect, and genuine care so students can come to accept themselves and unblock their own natural potential.
Students are often ready to move into the Understanding Stage when they have developed strong, trusting, and safe therapeutic relationships with staff. The goal of this stage is to support students in constructing new insight and understanding. Staff assist students in determining their own role in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Thoughts and behaviors are learned according to learning principles and thus can be changed using the same learning principles. In the Action Stage, staff assist students in making decisions that benefit themselves. Staff refer to the stages of change model as a resource to further understand where the student is in the change process.