All Kinds of News for September 14, 2016
Alpine Academy is excited to offer a new group therapy opportunity for our students. This specialty group focuses on social justice ideas, and serving the underprivileged in our community. This is another way to empower our students to "be the change" and give back.
As part of the therapeutic component at Alpine Academy, students have the opportunity to participate in three group therapy sessions each week. One group is based on the caseload of the primary therapists, with a focus on reviewing individual work done within our therapeutic curriculum, the Folder for Life. Another group is comprised of the students who reside together in each home and is centered on the relationship dynamics within the home. The third weekly group is the “specialty” group. Multiple specialty groups are offered each quarter, with the topics determined by the clinical team based on the the current needs and trends of the students on campus. Some of these include Healthy Relationships, Grief and Loss, Drugs and Alcohol, or Social Media Use.
Alpine Academy has started a new specialty group that is based on service of underprivileged populations and social justice concepts. This academic quarter, 8 girls have been chosen to help the refugee population with English and other basic academic needs. The refugees are primarily junior high students and come from various countries throughout the world. These individuals have varying degrees of education, cultural preparation, and non-English backgrounds, but all will have the opportunity to be assisted by the Alpine students who have been selected for this group.
In order to do this type of service, Alpine will be working closely with the Refugee Immigration Center-Asian Association of Utah (RIC-AAU) located in Salt Lake City. This service will be facilitated by Alpine Academy's therapists Trevor Earl and Abby Crouse. Both Trevor and Abby have experience working with RIC-AAU (through either employment or service opportunities) and have an understanding of the strengths and challenges that the refugee population experiences. It is our hopes that this type of service will help many of our girls recognize the challenges that many people face and gain a better understanding of their own position in society. If the group proves to be successful, this is an opportunity that Alpine would like to provide into the future.
Alpine Academy is a licensed Residential Treatment Center for girls ages 12-18 located in Utah. Students struggle with emotional disturbances that are severe enough to prevent them from going to school successfully. Alpine is a fully accredited school with dual-endorsed teachers at the front of every classroom. Therapy is built into the school day. It is a nationally certified Teaching Family Model treatment program. The students live in homes with married couples, Family Teachers.