All Kinds of News for August 09, 2017
Sunrise, for girls 13-17, is known for its DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) program. The DBT skills Sunrise girls learn and practice enable them to prepare to return home and resume a “life worth living”, armed with real life coping skills. Sunrise partners with local businesses in order to provide internships away from campus for girls who are ready to start transitioning back home. The internship provides valuable DBT skills practice as well as real life professional experience to support a smooth transition home and beyond. One such internship is at the Fish Rock Grille in St. George. Elijah, the executive chef of River Rock, provides two ongoing internships for Sunrise girls. A current Sunrise intern explains how valuable this experience has been for her.
‘Katie’ explains, "When I was offered an internship in the kitchen at the Fish Rock Grille, I was overjoyed. I had been wanting to go into culinary arts and this was the perfect opportunity to learn all about the culinary industry. If I have learned a thing or two aside from how to cook gourmet food from this internship, they would be leadership qualities and how to use DBT skills in a real life setting.
I have been in DBT skills groups ever since before I got to Sunrise, but I never really understood how applicable they could be to real life situations. When I started to apply them, I became better and better at using these skills. The skills that I probably use the most are emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness skills. All three of these are very important to keeping one's cool in a work environment and in professional social situations. Because I have anxiety, being in a busy, sometimes hectic work environment could be a nightmare. In all honesty, it is at times! While dealing with annoyed customers or tickets flying out of the printer one after the other is scary, it has really helped me work on using my DBT skills in real life. I really like to use deep breathing to help me calm down when I am distressed, and when I am all calmed down I can resume working. To help with my shame, I like to reality-check my perceptions of what customers or coworkers are thinking. In fact, just going to work helps me use the build mastery skill by doing my job and making food. These are just three of many skills that I use while at work.
My internship has been also great for helping me develop my leadership skills. I usually like working alone, so working in a kitchen was a challenge at first. Working with other people just frustrated me. It is still frustrating at times, but being able to work as part of a team was a very important life skill to learn. Another leadership skill I learned while working at the Fish Rock Grille was interdependence. Having responsibilities and deadlines is very anxiety provoking for me, but when I started working, I liked to do everything myself and not ask for help. Learning and practicing interdependence was really hard, but is a vital life skill that I need for this and future jobs.
Having this internship has been a huge learning experience for me, whether with the culinary food, DBT skills, or leadership qualities. I am very thankful to have had this opportunity!”
"Katie’s" experience is clearly invaluable. Internships like this are provided regularly for Sunrise girls in order to provide opportunities for growth and to practice the DBT and life skills they are learning at Sunrise, enabling them to return home to resume a happy and healthy life.
About Sunrise RTC
Sunrise is a residential treatment center for adolescent girls ages 13-17 aimed at uncovering the academic, social, and emotional potential of girls who have been held back by emotional or behavioral struggles. Sunrise combines the warmth of a home, the safety and clinical expertise of a residential treatment program, and the community access of a transition program.