All Kinds of News for October 05, 2016
Top quality treatment takes the right kind of people. At Moonridge Academy, we are fortunate to have dynamic and skilled clinicians, but an equally impressive caliber of line staff and mentors for the girls. Moonridge Academy is designed for age specific programming and warm approaches require special skills, including intensive Dialetical Behavior Therapy (DBT) training for all of our employees, as well as ensuring that our staff are patient, collaborative, fun, and willing to work alongside the girls. Staff attend weekly Treatment Team meetings to share ideas, get support and make sure we are using best practices. Staff also participate in monthly all-staff trainings and regular certification trainings.
Most treatment centers deal with extremely high levels of employee turnover because working in such intensive environments with students with significant needs can quickly lead to burnout and a revolving-door workforce. At Moonridge Academy, most of our employees - line staff included - have been with us for many, many years - most for over five years and many for over 8 and 10 years. One of the Shift Supervisors, Laurie, has been with Moonridge since the day it opened nearly thirteen years ago! One staff commented "I couldn't imagine a more important job for myself. I know I'm needed here and there are never enough hugs in the day." Our Moonridge staff consistently report high job satisfaction. Employees love working together, they participate in our activities and overnight camping trips and staff repeatedly state that they not only love the girls of Moonridge, but they feel like they are making a difference in the student's lives. The amazing staff who walk beside them 24 hours a day on the student's journeys is where the credit is due.
Moonridge Academy is a CERTS Program in beautiful Southern Utah with 16 beds, and is specifically designed for younger girls, ages 11-14. Younger girls need a younger environment, without the influence of older girls' more sophisticated or advanced issues. Moonridge takes a young approach to therapy and intervention, even the DBT program is taught and delivered at this specific age range level. Moonridge is intensive residential treatment for girls with issues of trauma, emotional regulation, depression, family conflict, and beginning stages of self-harm or substance experimentation. Traditional schooling is provided and Moonridge uses play and laughter to connect, a warm family environment to protect, and deep therapy to inspire and create change. Moonridge is located in scenic Southern Utah near Cedar City, UT.